“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?
It’s been a little over two months since I first stepped foot into INSEAD, and here we are: the last day of final exams. To say that time has flown by quickly is an understatement. As I look back at the whirlwind that the last two months have been, I can’t help but wonder what I would tell myself if I could do it all over again. And here it is: Don’t Play It Safe
When I was a little girl, I remember my father getting a birthday card from my grandmother, his mother. The card featured an exasperated elephant with turkeys along his back, on his trunk, and on his hump and was drawn by the famous illustrator and humorist, Sandra Boynton.
And like a flash, we are done with P1, i.e. our first academic period, i.e. one of the most intense two-month periods of my life. Highlights from this (very short) timespan include:
So wow. How do I begin to describe the last (and my first) month at INSEAD? Let me begin by telling you it’s doesn’t feel like a month – I’d say a solid three-four at least. The time dilation effect of a super-intense academic, career, social and introspective personal development calendar is real! I feel like I’ve known my new town, country, friends, housemates, study buddies and professors for way longer than four measly weeks.
B-schools are particularly well known for their all-consuming, high-pressure, and demanding environment, filled with ambitious young professionals. But is that all it is? What else is there in the B-school bubble? When I first talked about the B-school bubble, people thought I was alluring to the suggestion that an MBA degree is losing its value, that tuition costs are too high, or that there is an over-supply of MBA grads. (I completely disagree with all the above claims – but we can leave that for another post.)