So far, the people I’ve met who’ve been in INSEAD or know people who have studied there, tell me things which I can place into two different categories.
Category #1: It’s a very difficult course! You’re going to be so busy! Better do MORE pre-reading now!
This is of course scary to hear.
Category #2: Oh, you’ll have SO much fun. I’m sure you’ll do well. / I know you can handle it.
These two ‘predictions’ have been said to me many times by people who know me well, and by people who don’t know me well. I have not drawn up a table of stats to determine which statement is likely to be more valid for me. However they’re about the same in number … perhaps a bit more in Category #2 or so I’d like to hope!
I also hope that both types of comments are not mutually exclusive. Of course if you squeeze what other MBA programmes take 2 years to teach, into 10 months, we will be going at breakneck speed! I hear we have to skim to catch up with our readings, but I don’t like skimming because you may read things out of context and miss a deeper meaning. Hope I don’t have to re-LASIK my eyes after graduating from INSEAD!
However, I would like to believe that this challenge will be exhilarating. Thus I will mentally prepare myself to be stretched but in the process I will also grow.
I wish I had another 20 or 30 points of IQ so I can understand things better and faster.
I wish I could revive all the brain cells that have been dying since I was a child, so I can remember things better.
I also wish I could be super organised, punctual and attentive in class, and contribute a lot of great ideas and insights.
Looking at the calibre of the class, it will not be easy already. But I would like to see myself as an equal among great people. And that is the spirit I will adopt at school.