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The Twilight Zone between being Accepted and Starting the INSEAD MBA

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:

  1. Joined Facebook and started to get to know some of my 400+ future classmates
  2. 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
  3.  Started various interest groups on Facebook (Photography, Data Analytics and for my house in Fontainebleau, Club 16)
  4. Lots of conversation over so many lunches and dinners
  5. Hitting up clubs and KTV lounges
  6. 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
  7. Sport a bow tie with other admits to Open Day in Singapore
  8. 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!

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