During his welcome speech, the SDA Bocconi MBA director, Gianmario Verona, laughingly told my colleagues and I that we would have time to sleep when the MBA was over. As it turns out, he was not joking! I am now in week four of my MBA and I have already turned in one group assignment, and have six large assignments to complete over the next three weeks, in addition to classes, readings and cases, career development seminars, club activities and an extra-curricular case competition. Welcome to my MBA!
While it initially sounds overwhelming, I feel extremely motivated and excited about the year to come. I have been enjoying all my classes, which currently include economics, financial analysis, marketing, organisational behaviour and quantitative methods. When we were greeted by Luca de Meo, chief marketing officer of Volkswagen, on the first day of marketing class, I have to say I was impressed.
Last week, the marketing director of Google Italy also presented to my class. The networking opportunities have already been plenty and with multiple weekly presentations from recruiting companies, I believe the opportunities are only beginning.
In addition to the schoolwork, I have been participating in many of the extracurricular activities. I am currently competing in the AT Kearney global prize MBA case competition, which has proved no simple task. Although it has given me a taste of consulting, which I may pursue further.
Club activities have also been keeping me busy. I am playing a leadership role on three clubs – the marketing club, the ski club and the sailing club. The latter two have prestigious MBA events, which I will have a hand in organising – the MBA cup in February, and Rolex MBA’s conference & regatta in September. My team and I are also cooking up some great events for the marketing club. Although most people suggested only joining one or two clubs, I decided to defy the odds and take advantage of the opportunities. Stay tuned to see how everything unfolds!
Lastly, I must say the diversity of my classmates is one of the greatest attributes of Bocconi’s MBA programme. In total 34 nationalities are represented and I believe this is the key element to a truly “global” MBA. It has been fascinating to get to know people from such different cultures and after less than a month in, I have already built many great relationships that I know will last long after the MBA has finished.
Now I must return to my studies… with about four hours of work ahead of me, I am looking at another 1am bedtime. As Prof Verona said, I can sleep when my MBA is over!
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