It's been one month since INSEAD started and I am finally beginning to feel the heat. The first month was pretty chilled out - welcome week, welcome party, Dean's party, buddy dinner, section dinner, nationality dinner, broke dinner, fancy dinner, fancy clubbing, cheap clubbing, skipping dinner and straight to the drinks - time was just going by and people were going out for trips every weekend (not yours truly though - thanks finance recruitment).
Today is Sunday, February 3rd. It's the first work day in February in Abu Dhabi. The official first work day of our second half of the INSEAD MBA programme. The 40+ of us in Abu Dhabi just spent an entire eight hours in a Crack the Case session with David Ohrvall, and about 1/5 of the class was filled with GEMBA students. Because we are a much smaller class than on the other two campuses, David said he could give us one more session hence bring us to a next level of cracking case interviews.
They say, “Wherever you go, it becomes a part of you somehow”. And it couldn’t be truer for INSEAD, the business school for the world.
What a start! Period 1: the balancing act! Whooiii what a first period it has been! Even though I have been at other learning institutions, this is the first time I feel as if my horizons have truly been opened. There are different clubs for almost everything, recruiting events, and industry introductions, on a weekly basis. But my peers are the true horizon openers, which is exactly why I applied to INSEAD in the first place. So many things are happening, everyone talks about FOMO in reference to trips and parties, but my FOMO is not getting to know my peers…
Partying on a Friday night is always a good idea. You have fun, decompress, some good music and drinks. Meeting new people is always exciting. Then you wake up the next day with a headache and you swear to watch your drinking habits next time. You decide that one party per week is just enough for you but then it happens again.. FOMO!
‘Why would you want to leave the stability of your well-paying job, the proximity to your family and the comfort of the city where you’ve lived for the past few years to do an MBA in France?’ - the classic, pervasive pull of the ‘status quo bias’ often made me re-assess my decision to do an MBA. A year later, I’ve started my MBA at INSEAD and it feels fabulous to break out of the rut and dive into a new challenge. Here I’ve addressed a few relatable biases that prospective MBA candidates might be prone to - as I was, during my application process:
I believe a lot of people wonder about this. In fact, I owe a 19D a thorough review of the intensive language programme.
Hey everyone, it’s been a few weeks since my last post and since then activities started at INSEAD and I started to meet some of my fellow classmates.
Why Does a Doctor Need an MBA? For the past ten years, I have been working as a physician, and I feel that this duration is long enough to remain in my comfort zone. The past year has been really interesting and pivotal for me, due to the intensive preparation for GMAT, followed by the vigorous application process to INSEAD. I would say the journey to the MBA itself has allowed me to gain greater insight regarding myself and offered a reflective process that most of us don’t have the time to experience in our busy lives with work, family, and friends.
When I told people that I’d soon be attending an MBA programme in Singapore and France, their first question would be, “Why?”. Leaving my software engineer career in San Francisco, the hottest job in the hottest sector, seemed very unorthodox. After several years of experience as a programmer, however, attending INSEAD could not have been a simpler choice. Let me explain. But first, a bit about me.