Like every other morning for the past two weeks, I was woken at 6am by the Star Wars-esque grunting of howler monkeys and the first rays of the Costa Rican sun seeping onto my bed. And just like every other morning I brushed the cast of Bugs Life off my pillow and began my morning routine of walking around the room, phone aloft, attempting to locate a spot in the room where the wi-fi found its way through the jungle just long enough for me to reassure my family of my existence.
I was coming back from lunch with a friend from work. As we needed to get back to the office for a meeting, I grabbed my cell phone from my pocket to check the time. Never had a time check given me a higher feeling of anxiety than this one, as I saw I just had lost a call from an international number. I was aware that admissions decisions from INSEAD would be released the next day, so in my head I began wondering if it could be that Admissions Office was calling me to give the most-awaited acceptance notice.
Hi World!!! This is my first opportunity as a blogger and I must say I am rather curious about the route this is going to take. I basically started this as I feel INSEAD is such a great experience that I want to try to express it in a different way than I am used to, also embracing my new life of challenges and new experiences.
I was so occupied and pressured during April that I even forgot to write a post about April. :)) But many beautiful quotes talk about pressure, and many things actually turn ripe with pressure. There is a philosophy one of my mentors once taught me about diamonds: If diamonds can scream, they would scream, because the pressure a piece of raw diamond experienced until it turned to a piece of beautiful diamond is extremely high… until it transforms. And April, I suppose, as I now reflect it almost 4 months later… testifies a lot to that.
by MBA'16J Wenyou Tan, Fintech investor Just came back from a panel discussion for prospective students over at INSEAD. It was indeed a refreshing experience for me now that I am an alum. I still remember the first time I attended an in-house event held for prospects two years ago. Certainly, a moment for reflection and all those thoughts about why I took my MBA streamed back at me.
Let’s start with the basics. Academic wise, I learnt quite a lot. I learnt the basics of finance, accounting, macro and microeconomics, marketing and entrepreneurship. I know better than ever how to value a firm, how to assess a project, and how to relate income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. I know how to interpret market signs, which personal investments make more sense, and the whole theories behind price discrimination, auctions, and supply and demand.
I was reluctant to sign up for another big group trip, as this generally means less independence, and sometimes leads to more confusion. Four months into the 10-month program, I was no longer going on trips with most of my classmates simply because I’m a sightseer and not a beach bum. On three separate occasions, I had tried to enjoy sitting on a beach: 1) pre-MBA trip to a private island, 2) Phuket, and 3) Bali. It wasn’t working, and I had accepted this as a personal limitation in terms of group travel.
Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure. --Arnold Schwarzenegger
An MBA is often recognised as the bridge that helps you either transition into a new career or gives you a boost to achieve your professional goal. Yet, many of us would argue that the personal growth aspect is equally, if not, more beneficial from this learning experience. Yes, we will all get jobs when we walk out of business school. But probably a more important question is, how can the MBA help us discover who we are? With 1/3 of MBA in the pocket, I would like to share a few tips I have learnt along the way.
In a time in which everything seems to go against diversity, in which global politics are at heat, and in which countries are closing borders and becoming more and more racist, INSEAD promotes multiculturalism and diversity. This video was shot in a few hours, outside INSEAD's main reception. It reflects what INSEAD truly is, and one of its main differentiating factors. I feel so lucky and proud of being part of this.