The International MBA Opening for the April 2014 intake is only a few weeks away, so let’s have a look and see how some of our new family members are spending their time right before the program start, through asking a couple of questions that might be on everybody’s mind that is looking into doing an MBA program here at IE. Let’s meet Jacob Huber from Switzerland.
Was it hard leaving home?
I have been away from “home” for about seven years, living in five countries. I have left friends and family many times, but at least this time my professional aspirations (i.e. the IMBA) correlated with my personal desires: My girlfriend lives here in Madrid and I have finally been able to join her. Not to mention the fact that Madrid is one of my favorite cities in the world because of the people, food and weather!
What do you think of the Madrid campus?
The closest look I got at the Madrid campus was on an Open day and I was impressed with what I saw. In-between then and now I have been to the Admissions building for a few appointments (and the interview a few weeks ago!) but I am excited to investigate everything more in the coming months!
Have you already met new classmates?
I have not met many classmates yet in person, but I have reached out to quite a few through the April intake Facebook page as well as the FB pages of a few clubs. I will join my first event with the Wine, Spirits and Foods Club (their “Plaza Santa Ana Tapas Crawl” next Friday), as well as the IE Insights conference with Eduardo Muga. Bottom line: everyone I have had contact with seems very friendly and open and I am excited to meet many more people!
What are your hopes for the program?
First of all, I hope to meet and learn from a wide variety of interesting people! I have a lot to learn about entrepreneurship, strategy and other business fundamentals not only from the professors and instructors, but also my fellow students.
What has been your best moment in Madrid so far?
There have been many between delicious tapas, interesting new people and finally living in a place where the sun exists! I think my favorite so far has been figuring out how great it is to get around the city by bike! However, in general I have been spending time getting to know Madrid, studying Spanish on my own and practicing conversation with some friends. I also go hiking outside the city sometimes and run around parks.