Final word: Gratitude

As I fly over the Atlantic I try to find the words to write my last blog entry – difficult task!

This blog has always been very special to me because it’s where it all started. I fell in love with the IMD program here. I must have read every single entry for the last 7 or 8 years at least twice. I tried to understand the IMD world… it was so unique and almost hidden. A hidden gem.

I feel so grateful for having been given a chance to be part of this. I am now a proud IMD MBA Graduate for life.

When the program started I had no idea I’d be one of those that change Industry, Geography and Function. IMD opened doors to me I could not imagine. Allowed me to meet and connect with some of the most brilliant, exciting, interesting people in the world. It also made me face difficult challenges, experience behaviours I don’t agree with and learn about who I am and who I’m not. You cannot put a price to that. It’s a privilege and an honor.

I feel so lucky that after just one year so much has happened and I am much closer to the life I always wanted deep down. I feel lucky that these exact 89 people chose this class and gave me the chance to connect and learn from them. I feel even luckier that amongst these 89 people I found friends for life, secure bases and role-models.

Our graduation was so special. An entire week of celebrations, displays of affection, people getting together to make a difference for the class. Meeting the families of our classmates that somehow feel today as part of our own family. Hearing their exciting plans for the future. Crying together because the world that seemed so small during the year suddenly got so big as we thought of the distance that would separate us soon. Hearing our names being called one by one and cheering for each other. Crying again. Smiling again…

And now it’s time to go. Go get what we came here for. Go enjoy some deserved holidays. Go give it back to the world what we have been incredibly blessed to receive, as Luca and Antoine brilliantly pointed out in the unforgettable graduation speech.

I leave IMD with an endless supply of gratitude. Gratitude to the people who helped me get here. Gratitude to the people that went through it with me. Gratitude to the people that opened doors for an exciting future ahead.

I am excited to meet the class of 2017! Make the most of your year – it is yours, it is amazing and it goes by fast!

A big THANK YOU to all of you readers who have silently shared this journey with me,

Sílvia Simões

5 thoughts on “Final word: Gratitude

  1. Yuan

    Thx Silvia, I come from the 2017 class, the words are touching and remind us again how fast the time can fly. From your writing I can feel that each one in class 2016 is going to mean something to other classmates in future life. That’s just what life and business are, always walking into someone and letting someone walking into you. Like you said, you started the program with love, now the new people will continue this love.
    I wish you all the best in your post-MBA life, although I believe that MBA won’t be ‘posted- ‘ just because the program is finished. Program is short, life is still long. Now it’s time to cheer with your family and people you love.
    Merry Christmas and happy new year.


  2. Silvia, I had no idea you had been following the blog for so long! You carried the tradition on well and I’ve enjoyed sharing your journey with you through your entries. Hope you’ll stay in touch as an alumna guest writer 🙂
    All the best,


    1. Sílvia Simões

      Thanks, Suzy! It was a great ride and good luck with your new bloggers 🙂
      BTW, haha I was reading the old blogs from the file. Remember the last blog had all previous years? 🙂
      I started following only on late 2014 🙂
      All the best and happy holidays!


  3. Helga Vanthournout

    Silvia, you captured this journey well.
    Am excited about the new journey you are about to start 🙂
    To all 2016 graduates: well done and enjoy a peaceful ending to a year that was crazy in all aspects. Take ample time for introspection before diving into your next professional adventure. All the best, Helga (MBA 2005)


    1. Sílvia Simões

      Dear Helga, thank you for the kind words! Am also very excited about the journey ahead. You are part of the 3rd group :), thank you very much! 🌟💕


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