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Redefining Executive Education

Student Blog

At ISM each MBA seminar provides many different topics, taught by very competitive professors from all around the world. Each seminar varies from one to another, complementing each one with relevant and applicable information. All students have their favorite seminar, which normally expresses their preferences. For example, in my case, I really liked the finance seminars since my minor was Finance and Accounting, so I already had knowledge in that area. However, I also realized I had other preferences, like when I took the Advertising and Communications seminar I understood how much I liked marketing and that I was actually good at it. This is why I started to apply to jobs that had marketing areas where I could learn and improve my skills.

The more seminars you take, the easier it is to write your final assignments and the more you recognize how every seminar has helped you write the next one.

In my case I just finished my seminars in Paris. My last one was International Business, and the two previous ones were E-commerce and Global Economics. They all complemented each other. The best part for me was that after I finished writing the final assignments I realized

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The coldest months. That would resume them fairly well for me. Since my arrival in September, Paris has become colder month after month. Now I understand why people at the beginning told me that I had to take advantage of the sun during the first few months (which made me laugh as the standard for what constitutes significant sunlight is much higher in my country). Staying in Paris for Christmas and New Year’s Eve was an amazing experience. It was the first time in my life that I was outside the United States during those dates. Walking through any Parisian street definitely felt like I was cast in some sort of movie.

Some tips I would give to young people living in Paris would be:

  1. Learn French. It’s harder without it here. Most people say they know English, but they don’t, trust me. I started by watching movies with French subtitles, then moved on to watching TV series I’d already seen, such as “Friends,” in French. This allows you to have some context for what is happening and to more easily relate it to French words. Speaking French is like an aerobic exercise. The more you practice, the better you
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Studying at ISM has been one of the best experiences I’ve had so far in my life. The MBA program here is truly an international program that connects people from all around the world, helping us learn about other traditions, languages, opinions, and ways of thinking and living.

I started my MBA four months ago, and each of the seminars I’ve taken has been a different and exciting experience. Before each seminar, you never know which new challenges you are going to face, the professor’s teaching style, or which new students you may be interacting with. Every seminar is a challenge that fills me with adrenaline.

Coming from Mexico City to a different continent to do my MBA has been overall very fulfilling. Living in France and studying in English pushes you to the limit and keeps you wondering what new things you’ll have to go through every day.

One of my favorite seminars was Advertising and Communications. During the seminar, we had the opportunity to go on a business site visit with Professor Nathan Sambul. He explained theory with interesting real-life examples and relevant topics. The seminar was dynamic and applicable in our daily and future working lives. Every

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It has almost been one year since I got on a plane and moved my entire life here. In other words, I sold all my things, gave up my job—and the ease of American life—to come to Paris and rough it out as a Masters Student. When I first arrived, with a lot up in the air, Paris was tragically the victim of a terrorist attack. Almost a year of juggling my MBA, a trip to NYC, papers, classes & jobs later, Paris was ineffably struck once more.

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Since this is my third time around living in Paris, I’ve had the time to thoroughly grow accustom to specific likings, develop good and bad habits—and begun to unwittingly become more familiar with French culture in the process. The way people adapt to their surroundings so quickly is interesting in itself, but when you start to realize the little things tweak your personality or your outlook on more grandiose subjects, it becomes fascinating. Brèf, I think I’m beginning to become Parisian; well, in a sense. At the very least, I’m developing Parisian-like qualities.

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Last week, ISM held their Welcome Reception, inviting students and other members of the ISM community to gather with ISM staff and guests to unveil their new space. The reception was an event intended to introduce its new facilities with a celebration, giving everyone a chance to get aquatinted with the new location and experience the growth of the institution first hand.
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As you may know, I am American. You may also be aware that ISM has facilities in New York City. This summer, many of us MBA and IEMBA students are preparing to meet in New York from Paris and other places around the globe to participate in the intensive seminars for two weeks at Baruch College. This blog entry is intended for all of my fellow peers to have a sort of "crash course" on New York before they arrive for our two week adventure.

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My parents just came to Paris for the first time for a brief 3-day visit. As we were walking around the city, enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures, my dad said while taking photos of Notre Dame, “How do you find the time to concentrate on schoolwork with all of this beauty around you?” I laughed at him and I said, I’m not sure, but it is hard!” I never had to think about that. This is now the third time I’ve lived in Paris, and I’ve had so many opportunities to explore the wonders here. This time around, it’s all a bit different for me.

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Moving back to Paris didn't even feel like an option for me. I knew after studying here in 2013 that I wasn't done with this city.

I decided to take a French course during my undergraduate studies. To be honest, I found it very challenging. The class met four days per week and required me to memorize a copious amount of material in a short amount of time. The semester ended, and I received a 'B' in the course, which was a big deal for me at the time. I decided I would not enroll the following semester.

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Before sitting down to write this month's blog post, I did an extensive Google search for "well-known proverbs and quotes about time management". Why you ask? Because Father Time has essentially picked me up by my very thin and boring bootstraps, smacked me in the face, and shaken me up whether I was ready or not and has left me wondering to myself everyday how I'm going to pull my life off.

When I decided to go back for my MBA I had been out of college for a little over three years and my once young and lively energy has been drowned out by my overall acceptance of a mundane and routine lifestyle. I realized quickly that I was not prepared and I might add that I'm still not prepared to be a student again.

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"What have I put myself into now?!!!" I thought to myself, slapping my forehead repeatedly. This was my state of mind as I pondered over the fact that I had to hand in my first MBA assignment in less than 3 weeks whilst working full time and leading my team of students into the next WorldMUN conference, being held in Brussels, half way across the world. Not only was it very far away from the land down under and I was experiencing terrible jet lag, but I had not written an academic paper for about ten years and so to say the least. I was a bit rusty. It was clear; I was officially in panic mode!

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I always heard about Montmartre and how charming it is, but until now I didn't have the chance to visit it. So finally last weekend, I decided to join a guided tour in Montmartre. I preferred guided tours rather than self given tours in order to get sufficient information and knowledge of the places I visit. The tour was so amazing and the place was more than charming. It was very nice to find myself in the place that hosts colorful artists, writers, painters, musicians, sculptors and architects. In the past, it was the biggest host for all kind of artists. Let me give you some brief history about this historic place.

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The ISM Annual Winter Reception was held on December 4th, 2014, in Paris, France. Professor Jack Forget, ISM's President, and Alison Knight, ISM's Director of Recruitment, began by welcoming everyone and the new students enrolled in different programs (MBA, IEMBA, DBA, and PhD). They gave a brief overview about the future plans for ISM, and the forthcoming updates within the school, plus presenting some photos taken for ISM students during their seminars at ISM's partner locations.

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