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Insead MBA – Class of 11J

by ViTo • July 22, 2011 Comments off

It’s been a year since I last posted here. An intense year in which I left California and moved to France to pursue an MBA degree. Even though once in a while I still miss SoCal’s sun, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my decision. Without a doubt I can say it’s been one of the best years of my life. Insead’s 10-month intensive program makes things happen at an extremely fast pace. From day 0, I met 500 people from 85 different nationalities and closely worked with them, which made me see my whole life from a new perspective.

However, all good things come must come to an end, so it is with a bittersweet feeling that last July 7th I proudly graduated from Insead, The Business School for the World.

As my diploma states:

The faculty of INSEAD certifies that
Francesc Calvo Serra
has succesfully completed all requirements
and has been awarded the degree of
MASTER of BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

And I certainly did!

After completing courses like Prices & Markets, Strategy, Corporate Financial Policy, International Politics Analysis, Macroeconomics, Advanced Game Theory, Negotiations, Uncertainty Data & Judgment, Marketing, Business Ethics, Accounting, Organizational Behavior, Valuation, Private Equity, Your First Hundred Days among many others I earned my degree.

But it’s not just me writing it here, I can actually prove it. Take a look:

Insead Diploma  Graduation Ceremony

As you can see, we were a lot of students and the whole ceremony spanned several hours out of which I walked 12 second on stage. It was not that boring though 🙂 , it felt like a very nice way of putting an end to the year: surrounded by the people who have been my 2nd family. I guess you’ll get a better idea if you take a look at the actual speech by Drew. It was pretty funny.

For a whole year, it could not be only work though. The program can also be taken partly from Singapore, and I enjoyed that opportunity to discover a side of the world I had never previously visited. In short: lots of new cultures, religions and above all realizing how poor but happy certain countries are. These are just some of the memories that will be imprinted in my mind for a long time.

Bali Vietnam Borneo Myanmar Hong Kong Thailand

Now it’s time to look back towards the future and embark into my next endeavor…