• Reflecting on my MBA experience
    by MBA'16J Wenyou Tan, Fintech investor  Just came back from a panel discussion for prospective students over at INSEAD. It was indeed a refreshing experience for me now that I am an alum. I still remember the first time I attended an in-house event held for prospects 2 year ago. Certainly a moment for reflection and…
  • Tempus Fugit
    Already the end of P3, it feels like only yesterday that P1 ended, let alone P2… After an amazing P1 and a stunning break climbing volcanoes in Indonesia for 4 days, I started P2 already tired…. Little did I know things were only going to get worse! P2: Toughest period yet? P2 hits you hard:…
  • (Some of) what I learnt at INSEAD
    Let’s start with the basics. Academic wise, I learnt quite a lot. I learnt the basics of finance, accounting, macro and micro-economics, marketing and entrepreneurship. I know better than ever how to value a firm, how to assess a project, and how to relate income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. I know how…
  • My Favorite Weekend at INSEAD: Basque Country
    I was reluctant to sign up for another big group trip, as this generally means less independence, and sometimes leads to more confusion. Four months into the 10-month program, I was no longer going on trips with most of my classmates simply because I’m a sightseer and not a beach bum. On three separate occasions,…
  • The Masochists Curse
      Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure. --Arnold Schwarzenegger Masochism, in general terms, refers to the enjoyment of an activity that appears to be painful or tedious. In this context enjoyment can take either form: deriving pleasure, or benefiting from. For Arnie, pain was the indicator…
  • A Diversity of Experiences
    On its website, under “Why the INSEAD MBA”, the school lists eight significant qualities that differentiate it from other programs (for the record, all absolutely accurate). The second item on the list states “The Most Diverse MBA” and qualifies that with statistics—over 90 nationalities represented each year in campuses literally across the globe. Of course…
  • Anti-Social Networking
    Your first day at INSEAD is simultaneously similar to and radically different than your first day at any new school. There is a large measure of uncertainty mixed into your general apprehension (or excitement) at the prospect of meeting a sea of new faces. And yet people feel an implicit camaraderie, by virtue of officially…
  • What can make or break your MBA experience?
    An MBA is often recognized as the bridge that helps you either transition into a new career or give you a boost to achieve your professional goal. Yet, many of us would argue that the personal growth aspect is equally if not more beneficial from this learning experience. Yes, we will all get jobs when…
  • Why Run when you can Dash!
    They say that you’re always running when you do an MBA. WRONG! At INSEAD, you DASH. With 4 months done in a 10+2-month program, you just can’t be okay with running. Apart from how everyone in this batch is brilliant in their own ways and lives, nothing else that I had thought about the course…
  • Say yes to diversity
    In a time in which everything seems to go against diversity, in which global politics are at heat, and in which countries are closing borders and becoming more and more racist, INSEAD promotes multiculturalism and diversity. This video was shot in a few hours, outside INSEAD's main reception. It reflects what INSEAD truly is, and one…