I had the privilege of visiting some of Indonesia’s most exciting tech firms over the weekend of 1-2 Feb during the Jakarta Trek organised by the INSEAD Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Club. While I had often heard about Southeast Asia as a rapidly emerging market, this visit was eye-opening for me as I witnessed it in a very concrete way.
When I came to INSEAD, I had a notion that given the short time span of 10 months and the pace of things here, it would be almost impossible to establish any kind of bonds or friendships here. Four months and two periods later, I am so happy with the fact that how terribly wrong I was.
When I joined consulting in January 2016, I was told to 'make My own McKinsey.' Which not only meant that the next months and years to come could be anything I wanted, but also that it was ultimately me, who was responsible for making this 'anything' happen. It was up to me to create the experience I wanted and to enjoy it.
If you ask any INSEAD student what he or she is missing most, the answer is most likely going to be "more time". Way before I stepped on campus, I heard about the extreme intensity of the program and how you have to prioritise from day one.
Dear All, I am in love, once again. This time, it's Chicago. By now you might wonder whether I fall in love with every city I move to, and indeed, there is a pattern. It's a family thing. However, in self-defense, I have to say that I am picking very lovely cities. It's hard to resist the charm of Zurich, the paradise feel of Singapore, the beauty of Moscow or, the vividness of Chicago. And I have to admit, there are also cities which I moved to and realised quickly that they are not a fit for me. So, what's so wonderful this time?
“I’ve never worked this hard in my entire life, and I’ve never slept this little either.” My classmate who’s a consultant laughs when I say this. “Consulting is a lot harder than this,” He replied, “INSEAD is like a break for me.”. I look at him, amused and slightly astonished. How is this huge difference in perspectives possible?How is it that he seems to be breezing by with this experience, and I feel as if I’m constantly swimming against the high tides just to keep up?
The first two months at INSEAD (Period 1) has been a roller-coaster ride. It has demanded me to be an organizational freak, to be excellent at managing time and to master saying no more often. Hence, I have already failed often. Despite being in this chaos, I managed to create somewhat of a fine balance.
It has been nearly three months into INSEAD. Orientation week was just like yesterday, and I’m now already at P2 and bidding for my P3 electives. Time indeed flies. P1 was intense. 8:30am classes, assignments, study group, school activities, career talks, information sessions, weekend trips, parties - it’s everything combined, and everything seems new. It can be overwhelming, but I enjoyed every single bit of it.
November 14th, 2017 at the INSEAD campus was a day dedicated to an important part of the business school community, MBA Partners. A full day of pitches, reciprocity rings, networking, presentations and a cross-campus Panel discussion. The aura in the room was great – everyone was excited. The '18J Partners had started their P2 with their B-schoolers and were really starting to feel how fast time went at INSEAD.
The INSEAD Women in Business Club have launched a « Tell your story » initiative across both the Singapore and Fontainebleau campuses that aims to present the current INSEAD MBA female students’ inspirational life-stories. This is the story of Daniela Mordetzki, MBA '17D. Original story published here. Could you give us a brief introduction about yourself?