To all the inspiring people joining the IE community very soon,
You are about to embark on an uplifting journey and certainly have many expectations. You are probably wondering how this year in Madrid will transform you and help you on your way to being a more accomplished individual. Well, let’s put it this way: It will be what You make it!
It is about how much you’ll get involved in the community, how well you’ll embrace diversity, how open you’ll be to change and how enthusiastic you’ll be to share experiences with your peers. This might seem trivial now for smart people like you, but when the workload will start to peak up, when tensions will appear in some work groups (not all obviously), when you’ll get over the super-excitement of starting your MBA and meeting hundreds of new genuine and creative people; then you might be slightly drained and overwhelmed.
We all have different reasons to be here, different objectives and different ways to deal with more complicated situations: Some will choose to get lost in the crazy Madrid nightlife, others will travel around, some will prefer the calm of their own bubble or even study. As far as I’m concerned, I found Sports to be the perfect element for my personal balance.
Teamwork and Leadership are two key master skills that the IE experience aims to teach. You’ll get the opportunity to develop those skills not only during your MBA classes but also in the different clubs that are available for you to join depending on your areas of interest. Getting involved in those clubs is also a great way to meet more people from different intakes and boost your network. (Going out for drinks is also a good option! You’d be surprised by how much Gin Tonic can help skyrocket your professional network and personal career).
Looking back at my year with the IE Football and Running clubs, as well as at an exciting Triathlon experience in Barcelona, I am very grateful for the friendship and camaraderie that our teams could build regardless of our differences. I am also very proud of the positive attitude and team spirit that we developed while traveling around for sport events in Spain, France and the UK. I have learnt a lot of bad Spanish words on the pitch but I’ve also been inspired by outstanding teammates.
It’s up to you to go out there and make it a special year! All the best!
Bio: Imad is an alumnus from the Jan. 2017 Intake. Originally from Lebanon, he was born and raised in Ivory Coast. After achieving his Masters in Engineering in France, he moved to Canada and the US where he worked in the energy industry before launching a start-up in Montreal. In 2017, he was IE coordinator at the MBATournament in HEC Paris, Member of the IE Football Club and won tournaments in London Business School, Barcelona, Bronze Medal in HEC Paris, was a finisher at the Santander Olympic Triathlon in Barcelona, member of the IE Running Club and Coach of the IE Women Football club.