Time flies, and it’s hard to believe that the exciting MBA journey is already coming to an end. For this final blog, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for the amazing year I’ve had.
As I reflect on my journey, I’m reminded of the following quote:
I am no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”Louisa May
This sums up my IMD MBA journey. Despite uncertainties, work overload, team conflicts, and both failures and successes along the way, I learned to sail my own ship. This year has significantly increased my resilience and strengthened my mentality as I started to embrace challenges and hardships with positivity and courage rather than fear.
The year has also been a rollercoaster of emotions. There was sadness at missing out on the second discovery expedition trip and a rejection from the final round interviews with a firm I applied to, but also happiness when IMD won the Battle of the Bands during the MBAT competition at HEC Paris. As a cohort, we felt on top of the world, and that moment was nothing short of magical. I’m also grateful for my IMD Bestie, Liudmila, who brought me food when I was isolated with COVID-19.
While the MBA journey is coming to an end, the experiences, friends made, tears shed, and joy felt will forever stick in my memory. Today, I proudly own the words of William Ernest Henley: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” I am more ready than ever to stand out as a game-changer, continuously challenging what is and inspiring what could be – a leader transforming tomorrow’s organizations and positively contributing to our society. Most of all, I am so happy that I will be an IMD Alumna.
Thank you to all my professors, classmates, new friends, PDE coach, and my support system: my family, lifetime friends, and especially the Backpack Foundation for this incredible opportunity. Above all, thanks to the Lord, who strengthens and lifts me up when the boughs break.