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IE Sailing Club Takes Lanzarote!

Written on June 19, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Who says you can’t create a sailing club in Madrid?

IE Masters program started a sailing club roughly ten years ago, and has been traveling and competing ever since! Having the IE community be extremely diverse culturally and professionally enables students to learn from each other in all aspects. More so, as a competitive sailor myself and a passion for the ocean I wanted to start a sailing club for the undergraduate program.

IE sailing club became the first club to become integrated with the masters, undergraduate and alumni programs. This provides an incredible opportunity for members to meet, network and sail with almost all ages and backgrounds.

A large number of MBA schools have a sailing club and host an annual sailing event such as Bocconi hosting the Rolex Cup in Portofino, Italy, London Business school in Athens, Greece, and last but not least IE University in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. All events consist a weekend of sailing, networking and partying in the unique location! The advantage of these regattas is that members from little to lots of experience can attend, which creates more of a learning and teaching experience for everyone.

The IE Sailing Club Winter Regatta has been hosting the event for six years now and this year we had 100 people attend from 11 different schools! Participants stayed at the four-star hotel Costa Calero in the heart of the volcanic island. The weekend consisted of two days of sailing following a pool party and a tasty dinner all provided by the sailing club.

Every year all club members attend up to five events per year all over Europe! In addition, we host practice events in El Pantano San Juan with other universities in Madrid. If you’re a sailor or simply have a connection with the ocean feel free to contact me or the IE Sailing club for more information because this is a unique club that always takes on new adventures!


2018 London Private Equity Trek.

Written on May 11, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities, Professional

On April 26th and 27th, the IE Private Equity and Venture Capital Club was hosting 10 current Master in Finance, Master in Advanced Finance and MBA students in London for the 2018 London Private Equity Trek.

The Private Equity club has arranged meetings with Aurelius, Bain & Company, Macquarie Capital, LCM Partners, XIO Group and Raine Group, in addition to meetings with KEA and PER two of the most prestigious private equity recruiting firms in London. The Private Equity club organizes two London Treks per year to present opportunities to current students. To be selected for the trip, there is an application and selection process to select the most talented candidates. This year’s class includes 10 candidates with eight nationalities who have or will work for various investment banks, consulting and asset management firms, such as JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Edmond de Rothschild, Société Générale, SwissRe, Perron & Partners and other candidates are self-made entrepreneurs. Besides the office visits, the club was hosting networking drinks for the group, along with a group of alumni and prospective students in London.

Marvin Müller and Saber Rad, the current co-presidents of the private equity club, launched the first trip in fall of 2017. The new network opened selected student the opportunity to interview with private equity firms and for Saber to secure a position at a top 10 global investment bank: “The trip changed my perspective about world of Private Equity and I want to do anything I can to pursue a career in Private Equity, even if it means working 100+ hours a week at an investment bank to gain the necessary skills”.

The Private Equity Club strives to create a network for IE Business School students in London and build relationships with prestigious firms to create career opportunities upon graduation. The alumni network within the PE Club is strong, and some have joined firms such as BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, RBC Capital Markets, Macquarie, 3i Group, and many more.

Leopold Dumont, current MIF student, says: “This trip reinforced my willingness to work in the Private Equity Industry. It enabled to know more about the career path to follow in order to break into this ever-challenging industry”

Felix Herrneder, current MIAF student says: “The trip was a great opportunity to get in touch with a variety of people from the PE industry in London. The carefully selected set of companies we visited comprised classic PE funds along with a corporate VC fund, an infrastructure fund as well as the PE arm of a leading strategy consultancy and a headhunter focused on PE recruiting. Hence, the trip did not only extend my network, it gave me also a better understanding of how the PE market works.”

This is neither the first, nor the last event of the club. Previous events included e.g. a LBO modeling workshops, the 1st prize in the LSE alternative investment conference in London, joining the Wharton Buyout Competition in New York and having many interesting talks including e.g. a panel on the topic “more than just an app” on IE’s venture day with the founder of Goiko Grill and Cemex Ventures, as well as discussions panels and talks of professionals from many renowned private equity firms such as KKR, Blackstone, 3i, Aurelius, Trilantic Capital, Capital Group, etc. The next event to watch is the IE Private Equity Day with great speakers from firms such as Goldman Sachs, HIG Capital, Kibo Ventures, Axon Ventures.

For further reference:
– LinkedIn presence:
– PE Trip 2017:

About Marvin Mueller:

Marvin is a current master’s in finance student and leading the private equity & venture capital club at IE Business School. He is equipped with the latest knowledge in areas of finance and chose the corporate finance & private equity specialization, including modules such as turnaround strategies, private equity & corporate analytics, entrepreneurship through acquisition, high yield & leveraged finance, strategy & finance, fintech business models & valuation.

Marvin will start as an Investment Banking Analyst with JP Morgan London upon graduation and previously worked with 3i Group, Lazard, Société Generals and ODDO BHF. He was studying in the UK & Germany and holds two bachelor degrees, one in International Accounting & Finance and another in Banking & Finance.


How to Deal With Exam Stress

Written on May 10, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Every student who aims to become a high-achiever will experience exam stress. It’s an unavoidable part of student life that can be a tough nut to crack. Remember, stress exists for a reason and you can choose to let it be your downfall or use it to drive you to improve your work.

To combat exam stress, firstly you need to understand the reasons behind this heightened anxiety. Then you can establish methods to reduce the pressures you feel

Outlined below are some unexpected ways that you can put those negative feelings to one side and concentrate on your learning goals. If you’re not stuck for inspiration at this moment (maybe you’re procrastinating by reading this?), you may be looking for this advice before your exams so take note!

1. Listen to Classical Music
Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can work too. Check out the playlists on Spotify to easily find what works for you.

2. Take a Quick Walk
Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brain power.

3. Plan your Study Routine
This may not be a big surprise but what is shocking is the amount of students who discount the benefits of creating a personal study plan. With some initial effort, you can become more productive and motivated each day you approach your study by understanding your learning progress. If you’re using our learning platform, the GoConqr calendar tool will help you align your goals with your day-to-day study, get started here.

4. Try to Get Enough Sleep
For some people, this is something that’s always put on the long finger especially if you are trying to get the most out of college life. The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleep.

5. Give Your Mind Space
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to take a break and see your stress from a different perspective. Practicing meditation is another way to maintain focus while improving both mental and physical health to reduce pre-exam stress.

6. Eating Dark Chocolate
Believe it or not this is 100% true. Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the exam stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.

7. Let it All Out
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, other times you need to shout it from the rooftop or scream from the top of your lungs. Figure out what you’re feeling and then let it out. Speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress.

8.Take frequent breaks.
According to psychology studies, the average human brain can only focus on one task effectively for about 45 minutes. In addition, research in neuroscience suggests that focusing on the same thing for too long diminishes the brain’s ability to accurately process it.

9. Break Free from Distractions
I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and timeframe in mind will ease the process. We recommend the SelfControl website blocker.

10. Eat wisely
Healthy eating is a mandatory part of exam time.
When you eat unhealthy foods it can make you feel negative, which can interfere with your exam preparation. Therefore, it is important to eat right if you want to have the best odds of doing well in your exam. Avoid, too much sugar and fats as they will make you feel lazy. Include fibre, fruits and nuts in your diet instead of chips, nachos and munchkins.

Words from the Infirmary
by Guillermo Parrondo

Leyden, A.(2015, April 22). How to Beat Exam Stress in 10 Easy Ways. Retrieved from
Kaur, G. How To Reduce Stress During Exams?. Retrieved from


Spring Asthenia: Symptoms and treatments

Written on May 10, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

The word “asthenia” comes from the Greek and it means “no force”. Spring asthenia is characterized by a general feeling of weakness and lack of energy which come when the spring arrives.

The factors that determine spring asthenia are several: on one hand our body must adapt to the new conditions of luminosity and temperature, also changes in humidity and atmospheric pressure, as well as changes in the hour cycle. All these circumstances induce human body to a series of mechanisms that alter the regulation of circadian rhythms, by changing the certain hormones: endorphins, cortisol, melatonin, etc. Such hormonal changes cause an alteration of biological rhythms, which must adapt to new environmental conditions.

Spring asthenia symptoms

• Unjustified sadness
• Irritability and anxiety
• Difficulty concentrating
• Low appetite
• Headaches
• Apathy
• Exhaustion
• Muscle aches
• Low blood pressure

Remedies for spring asthenia.

Even if asthenia goes away by itself after a few weeks, when our body finally adapts to the new season, there are some ways to speed up the process and prevent most of the symptoms.

The easiest way to influence spring asthenia is our diet plan – this should include foods high in vitamin C and E, magnesium, iron and calcium. Therefore, a spring diet should include raw fruits and vegetables, nuts such as peanuts or almonds, fish and seafood, as well as a balanced dose of dairy products. Try to stay well hydrated and replace coffee with green or ginseng tea, in order to stimulate vitality and reduce stress.

Words from the Infirmary
by Guillermo Parrondo

Spring asthenia: Symptoms and treatments. (2017, March 16). Retrieved from
How to prevent the Spring asthenia fatigue symptoms (2014, April 10). Retrieved from
Be prepared for the spring asthenia (2016, December 27) Retrieved from


IE Rugby Club

Written on December 12, 2017 by Campus Life in Other Activities

July 3rd, 2017

In July 2017 the rugby club organized a training session for non-rugby players. This training session was attended by 25 sports enthusiasts from more than 15 countries. We did this session together with the Lions Club at Hortaleza Rugby Club. The session included rugby coaching exercises covering the basics of all aspects of the game including passing & handling, rucking & mauling, the scrum and more. We closed the session with the traditional touch match and the never absent beers!

September 18th, 2017

September marks the beginning of a new intake from almost all Masters programs at IE! We had players from IMBA, MIM, MIF, Big Data, International Relations, LLM, and cybersecurity, among others. After a few weeks for soft landing of new students, Rugby Coordinators coordinate the first after summer session of the best networking club at IE… IE Rugby Club.
This training session was attended by students from all programs and from 5 continents. The objective was to introduce ourselves, so we split the training from Lions at Hortaleza Rugby Club. At the beginning, coordinators we have coordinators the different programs helped organizing ten basic training exercises and asked about the rugby experience of new comers. We concluded the session stretching with Lions and conducting the stretch in 10 different languages. Great first session guys, WELCOME!


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