This is it. It’s really happening. The Class of 2016 has officially kicked-off!

I am over the moon to be here and to be able to share my MBA experience together with the Blog Team – which by the fun we had taking the first group shots I can say is a great one!

Let me briefly introduce myself: I am Brazilian, based in São Paulo and a passionate workaholic in the Technology Industry, working for the past 8 years in LatAm’s #1 Business Software company. From attending High School in an American Boarding School in Switzerland to juggling three waiting jobs in London or researching my family origins in Italy, a number of international experiences have shaped who I am.

However, nothing compares to – hum – a day in the IMD Foyer. No, really. It’s not because you’re talking to 89 people from all over the world. It’s because those people are some of the most interesting and successful people from their countries. And they have lived or worked in at least 4 or 5 other countries. And their vast backgrounds. And their openness to share. AND we know we’re just scratching the surface. Amazing!

When I first started my MBA journey, a very experienced admissions coach said: “IMD is very unique and, unlike schools with larger classes, they never get it wrong in admissions. You can be certain that whoever gets in will be incredible.” I have to say he was right!

Starting something I’ve been planning for a long time brings out many different feelings, but most of all I am very grateful for being here right now. An MBA admission is never a one-man job. My loving husband put up with my anxiety, lack of time and the inevitable changes ahead. Busy recommenders gave me their time and valuable advice. My leaders trusted me with bold challenges and priceless lessons. My teams gave me a daily chance to be a better leader. The IMD Alumni who never ceased to awe me with their humbleness, maturity and candor. And even those who tried to convince me I was insane were an important part of the process.

Now it’s time to change seats, buckle up and go deep into this unique and intensive program. Classes officially start tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Wishing you an amazing 2016,

Sílvia Simões

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