The quest for wisdom, from France to China, of an HEC MBA & Tsinghua MBA dual degree student (class of 2011)
Archive for September, 2009
Many things have happened during the past two weeks and I have to admit that my self-assigned discipline of writing here at least once a week is starting on a wrong foot…
Here are a few noticeable things we did.
The second week of classes, basically after a first week of cheering and hugging, we got onto business with a business simulation game called Negosim. We were all dispached into groups of 4 to 5 people and our task, as the board or directors of a B2B company, was to compete with others.
It was a fantastic experience for those two main reasons:
We were assigned to our sections (I’m in the bilingual section) and classes started for real on the 3rd week, along with group work and case studies. By the way, one of the reasons why I could not post my article on Negosim last week was because we had a Marketing assignment due for Monday 8am.
This week, I started to realise how crucial good planning is. After reviewing my class schedule and making a quick estimation for class preparation (reading material + preparing cases) I found that I’ll need to spend around 60 hours weekly on studies. Basically, my key is that for each class, I’ll have to spend once to twice as much time for preparation.
Holidays are finished for real now…
I feel that by now, I know 80 to 90% of my intake by name.
One week has passed and we are now fully into our MBA. We have had a few academic classes so far and I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by their quality so far.
But before I go on and on describing my life as a student, I wanted to share a few facts about the September 2009 intake:
Today was my first day at school.
After the welcome breakfast, we were quickly dropped into more meaty action with an “ice-breaker”.
Lunch happened in the Hall d’Honneur, with a staff presentation and an excellent buffet (incl. wine).
Afternoon was for presentations about procedures: medical, visa, IT. French people (who don’t need visas to study or work in France) started working on stereotypes about… French people.
Tonight, welcome party :)
Yesterday was the day when I checked-in to HEC.
I also got the keys of my room at Expansiel (see pictures).
The whole administrative process took me around 2 hours.
Back to student life again!