The INSEAD MBA program is technically a 10-month program. In truth, it can be a 14-16 month experience when you include the internship (for December classes) and a whole lot of pre-MBA activities. I was accepted with the Round 2’s sometime in the middle of September which heralded what I consider to be the true start of my MBA: 1-2 weeks later I joined the Facebook group and started meeting local-based admits (many thanks to very dedicated individuals in my class who took initiative in integrating everyone and organizing parties, which I eventually had the privilege of contributing to).
Life has been a whirlwind since then, and I’ve been pushed to my limits in managing my time. In between juggling a full-time job and key things I had to take care of such as applying for visas, securing funding, searching for housing in Fontainebleau, buying plane tickets and setting up bank accounts, I managed to squeeze in a whole lot of activities with my newfound friends. And my goodness, what an intense time! I think it is a taste of how intense the actual MBA will be. I feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole.
A short checklist of major milestones in the last 2+ months prepping for INSEAD:
- Joined Facebook and started to get to know some of my 400+ future classmates
- Met up with the Singapore-based admits to film our segment for a class video which features us running around and jumping in front of the distinctive Merlion by the bay with placards spelling INSEAD 13D
- Started various interest groups on Facebook (Photography, Data Analytics and for my house in Fontainebleau, Club 16)
- Lots of conversation over so many lunches and dinners
- Hitting up clubs and KTV lounges
- Joined the local Whatsapp group with 30 other Admits and received a record 1,200+ messages in a single day from the group, talking about everything from serious MBA stuff to inane chatter
- Sport a bow tie with other admits to Open Day in Singapore
- Help organize and throw a New Year’s Eve party for nearly 100 people in Singapore
It baffles me how I’ve managed to make such fast friends and done so much in such a short time. It’s exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!