What is it like to meet 300 people in a week? At the end of the Welcome Week here at INSEAD I could not help but stop for a second to reflect on the prior seven days. So many things have happened that is difficult for my brain to process everything as part of a single week. It literally seems like months have passed.
Many people say that getting along with Culture is an art, as with all relationships. But the optimist in me would like to think that what we call "art", like magic, is just science waiting to be understood, and technology waiting to be invented.
Starting from this week, our INSEAD Class of 2019 December is officially in session. We can finally meet the peers of our class, our study group members, our Career Development Coaches, our Deans and faculty, and our Personal Leadership Development Coaches. But it is not only that, we met the chef in the canteen, the staff in the gym, the library, the staff of the Student Experience team, who will provide us the warmest support of the year.
It’s February 1st, a Thursday. I am roughly halfway through period one. I’m exhausted. I’ve come to learn that my classmates and my propensity for traveling on the weekends means that all the social, sport, and career clubs schedule their events for the weeknights.
When describing life at INSEAD, students and alumni often talk about the world-class courses and professors, the enriching extra-curricular activities, and the outstanding career services. After an exciting kick-off to the program these first two weeks with a variety of team-building, orientation, and preparatory activities, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some first impressions which I plan to reflect on at the end of the year.