We have all been there, some more often than others. Going from A to B, a new language, a new culture, another version of rain. The days leading up to the great departure being filled with tasks truly putting the IQ to a test: what unnecessary items to add to the unnecessarily heavy suitcase representing a life equivalent to 23kg? In my case, this journey happened to be a venture from relaxed Zurich to booming London, one of the many shifts being that cow-bells and mountaintops turned into loud noises of police cars and busy streets, and a MSc in Economics & Strategy for Business (ESB).
After soon being able to put one full semester of “Mastering” in the backpack of experiences, there are some reflections more prevalent than others. The international representation in a Eurovision Song Contest would barely stand a chance compared to our cohort of ambitious multitaskers. With 37 nationalities represented, the introductory days with the people we are to spend one year with had many ties with a hilarious Saturday Night Live segment. On the third day, with only one third of the vibrant tension left in the room, each syndicate (the small group/family/company you will become for the year) had to present different nationality-influenced takes on customs and traditions. The Italians brought some everyday-passion to the table, illustrating that a gesture of politeness in Italy could lead to less friendly reaction abroad… The Germans celebrated nailed exams with a trip to Oktoberfest and the Norwegians told us that they would prefer to cross Oxford Street on a pair of traditional Norwegian skis heading for campus.
The international presence is one of the most rewarding features of an MSc at Imperial College Business School, very distant from the streamlined always-in-the-middle education I would have obtained from Sweden. Another interesting characteristic is the fast paced study landscape. With 3-4 courses running parallel with a total of 5-7 per semester, you will soon become a person with 2 brains and 6 arms, and once this skill is mastered you will not be hesitant to have anything thrown at you. When this Eureka-moment takes place, you would simply pick one of the many tools and capabilities developed at Imperial College and either effectively steer it away (some would call this delegation), or just tackle it with confidence – since the probability that you will need to do this after your MSc is rather high.
A one-year Master’s will most definitely pass just like that, but there will for sure be some time in-between class and the daily amount of recruitment talent-shows (that everyone should attend!) to explore the great boundaries of London, and I do very much look forward to the year at Imperial College Business School. Until next time!
William F. Therlin
William is studying our MSc Economics & Strategy for Business programme.