Today’s guest entry was written by Priyanka Chandran who will be joining the 2017 program and sharing her journey with us as an official MBA blogger.
I am far from superstitious, but the fact that my assessment day was on Friday the 13th made me fairly anxious. On a cold and a very rainy morning, I met my co-applicants (Yes! Teamwork is an integral part of assessment day too) to reach the campus on time for the big day! A warm welcome by Antonio and loads of coffee helped ease my nerves for the impromptu case discussion, role-play and the big interview. As I lunched with a current participant, I am not sure what amazed me more- learning more about the program, the plethora of vegetarian eating options for lunch or the kids running around campus. I felt at ease! An intense case discussion in the second half was followed by Prof Boscheck’s explanation to the morning case. We all realized how far we were from the solution and this was my “aha moment”. I knew I was not willing to bid adieu to Lausanne yet!
If someone ever told you that they saw an Indian girl dancing with joy at Schloss Laufen station, now you will know why. It seemed like a long wait from preparing my application to getting the results but it all seemed worth it after the acceptance.
As I write this piece today, I can’t help but reflect about my experiences on the assessment day. I had participated in discussions ranging from cost pricing policies of an industrial conglomerate to situations faced by an agrochemical giant to future of self-driving cars all on the same day. I was even fortunate to attend Prof Braga’s class and debate with current students. While I missed the big party in the evening, I knew all these unique experiences could only be a part of IMD!
While I gear up for a year full of excitement and adventure, I can really feel that “Le meilleur est à venir” (The best is yet to come!!!)