It’s funny how time passes. It feels as if I joined INSEAD in Singapore a lifetime ago, but I just looked at my calendar and it’s only been a little over a month. I’ve attended a bunch of parties, drank a few too many beers and gone on two international trips in the span of five weeks. INSEAD certainly does live up to its name of being an unforgettable year.
INSEAD’s MIM and MBA programmes offer two locations – the Asia campus in Singapore and the Europe campus in Fontainebleau, France. The way of life between the two locations varies widely, so for those who are unfamiliar with Singapore, here are 10 things to know about this little island on the world map.
It’s very helpful for problem-solving to have as many perspectives as you possibly can!
I’ve learnt about Pakistan, India, Russia, Canada, Mongolia, different parts of Africa and more – places I’d never been to – through my classmates.
Surely one place you will get to know well while in Singapore is Changi International Airport. Honestly, I’ve never thought I would be excited about an airport. But Changi is different – it will be greeting you almost every Sunday evening with Jazz music, the smell of orchids and efficient immigration. So, enjoy all the trips that you will experience! During P1-3 in Singy, I visited more than 10 new countries, and wanted to share some of my favourite destinations (in no particular order): Sangat Diving Resort, Busuanga Island, Philippines
For most of us at INSEAD, the MBA experience is also about moving to a completely different geography, and adjusting to a new culture. It was no different for me when I first arrived in Singapore a month and a half ago. I experienced cultural shocks, misunderstandings, and some confusion. Though little by little I started to observe – and in some cases, even mimic – some of the Singaporean ways of living. Let’s say that you are an authentic Singaporean when:
Dear All, I joined the Business Foundation Programme in December 2018, prior the beginning of the school in January 2019. This programme is designed for those who are not yet familiar with finance and accounting. With an engineering background, I thought that it would be better for me to enhance my knowledge, and to "catch up" with my classmates who already did business-related work before joining INSEAD.
During your time at INSEAD, chances are that you are going to experience Singapore at some point. Before coming here, I kept hearing about how great Singapore was. People were jealous that I was going to spend four whole months there. So even with such high expectations - I was still pleasantly shocked. Singapore is an amazing place.
I am homesick! Period three has ended, and I left Singapore a couple of weeks ago. I miss it. I miss the humid heat and the warm rain, I miss the spicy food and the juicy fruits, I miss the fantastic gyms and the great instructors, I miss the ease of moving around and the extended opening hours, I miss the many cultures and their extremes, I miss the city's skyline and the backyards – I miss home. In just 6 months, Singapore became home.
I’ve just finished the last final of my core courses. One of my classmates said something that stuck with me as we were about to start the test: This is probably the last test in our lives that we’ll ever have to take. Since most electives involve projects or group work rather than true tests, I believe he is correct.