For most people, exams are over! Unfortunately for me, as I was quite sick on Monday morning with vomiting and diarrhoea, I could not take the Prices & Markets (microecons) exam and will do so somewhere at the start of P2, hopefully in the next couple of weeks before I forget what I’ve learnt!
I hope to have a fresh new start with P2. There were some things in P1 I wish I had done. Improving my time management is probably the most essential thing, followed by having the courage to ask more questions instead of quietly telling myself, “It’s OK I’ll figure it out when I have the time” - because at INSEAD there is no time for long reflections!
Another thing is fitness. Before I started INSEAD I had an ambitious plan to wake up fresh and early, go to the gym and then to school. However, during the first month I was simply too sluggish (back to my first point about time management). Then I had an unfortunate blood clot that filled up a sac that was threatening to burst, and I was advised by my doctor not to strain myself or exercise. So that was the end of my exercise plans!
However, being around highly motivated and intelligent individuals has influenced me. I know who works out at the school gym and every time I see them it reminds me that I really should be going back. It’s been years since I was a regular gym goer. And to think I have a small gym at home which I hardly use…
The other thing is, simply hanging out with more people. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I need to play hard too, but have to address my concern that I’m not doing enough academically and therefore should not be going out so much. P1 is the most quantitative that it will ever get for me, hopefully.
Many others are going to various parts of Indochina or Malaysia, but I am staying put. I need to keep up my golf to prepare for two pleasant golf outings, beyond Singapore, in the next few months. Also good for a future MBA graduate to be able to play golf! ;-)
Also, I have to review my French. My class resumes in the morning. I really hope to pass the DELF A2 in December and be done with it. Classes at INSEAD are so tightly packed that I may only be able to have French classes during evenings or weekends.
That’s it for now… time to sleep.