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INSEAD and I go back a long way. Kind of?

I first heard about INSEAD when I interned at Standard Chartered Bank back in 2011. There was a lady who worked on my level from INSEAD ’08. At that time, I had never come across the school before and I… Continue Reading →

The most important lesson I learned at INSEAD

Talking to alumni before starting INSEAD, I was told that this year would be very intense. “The content of a full MBA programme is squeezed in ten months, but the intensity is not limited to the academic level”, they said…. Continue Reading →

Intensive Languages and Campus Sneak Preview’

We are some of the first ’18Ds on campus this year, starting our intensive language course in November, before the official start in January. It has been a whirlwind of activity since landing at Charles de Gaulle, getting a €120… Continue Reading →

Being human: A behavioral guide to the MBA experience

Several weeks ago Richard Thaler won the Nobel memorial prize in Economics for his contributions to behavioral economics”. Fifteen years earlier, Daniel Kahneman, professor of psychology and public affairs, once called the “Beyoncé of behavioral sciences”, won the same prize… Continue Reading →

Demystifying the Language Policy

  Diversity is a word that you’ll hear everywhere at INSEAD. With over 90 different nationalities and almost the same number of languages spoken on Campus, no other business school offers such a multicultural experience. It’s not surprising to see… Continue Reading →

Black Friday

Last Friday, 24th of November, was the Black Friday. For most, it was a day to look for the best deals on electronics, clothing, books… the epitome of modern consumerism. For me, it was the last day at work before… Continue Reading →

Your MBA starts long before you set foot on campus

I don’t see INSEAD’s MBA as a one-year programme. The real MBA journey starts long before you set foot on campus. In my case, the period before arriving in Singapore was a transformative one. The application process initiated the change,… Continue Reading →

Key to essay writing – What does it mean to “be yourself”?

When applying to INSEAD, the piece of advice I received most was “be yourself”. It took me months to fully understand the meaning of it, but I am now convinced that it is the best possible guidance for INSEAD applicants…. Continue Reading →

3 things to bring to INSEAD

The first five weeks at INSEAD have flown by so fast that I feel I need an Alcubierre drive to keep up. The Alcubierre drive was something I didn’t even know existed before I talked with my classmate from NASA. In… Continue Reading →

Why you should meet INSEAD’s Exit Language requirement as early as possible

INSEAD’s language policy requires all students to speak at least three languages. In cases in which English is not the native language, these three languages will be: 1 – Your native language 2 – English (called by INSEAD the “entry… Continue Reading →

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