One year ago it was a dream; today the IMD MBA is as real as it gets. Juan José Campuzano, IMD's Staton Scholarship winner, shares his experience.

It is all starting to feel very real. One year ago I was only dreaming about an MBA and gathering all the information for my IMD application. Twelve months later, I am writing after leaving my job to embark on my MBA journey. I don’t think I can get a clearer reality check. This tremendous step allowed me to focus on getting ready to move to Switzerland.

As an applicant to the first round of admissions, it has been a several months since I received my offer letter. Since then I have progressively ticked most of the preparation checkboxes (apply for visa, secure housing, apply for scholarships/financial aid, etc.). For the past few weeks I have also started working on pre-program assignments such as entrepreneurship, finance, and strategic decision making. I must say that although the amount of work is significant, I’m enjoying this preview of what to expect in Lausanne. Coming from an engineering and IT background, it is so gratifying to explore subjects beyond my usual bubble.

During this time, I have also had the chance to interact with my fellow classmates. Through a continuously-active group chat, Zoom gatherings and occasional one-on-one conversations, we are getting to know each other. By the time we first meet physically, it’ll be like a long-time friendship reunion. From discussions on cultural differences and past experiences, I’m amazed at the profiles of those I’ll be joining shortly. I feel blessed to be a part of this cohort.

Before making the transatlantic jump, I am enjoying my last days at home by spending time with my family, delighting in Mexican cuisine, and getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Afterwards I will be flying out.

I am very excited about what is yet to come. There is definitely some uncertainty about what the global situation will be like in 2021, but knowing IMD’s ability to adapt and innovate, I’m confident it will be an incredible experience and I can’t wait to be there.

Juan José Campuzano

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