Happy people live longer. L-R: Me, Nicole & Nyankundi after the last presentation.

Happy people live longer. L-R: Me, Nicole & Nyankundi after the last presentation.

I must say, December was so hectic, OMG! In retrospect, I still cannot figure out how I made it to the end of my first term at business school. The coursework just suddenly seemed to pile up, deadlines kept appearing from nowhere and then the exams. It was just so much to take in all at once, but I guess that’s what studying at a top business school should be like. Considering the fact that I have not been a student in over 5 years, I honestly started feeling overwhelmed by the pressure at some point. Having 2 exams to prepare for, 3 submissions and 3 presentations due within a space of 2weeks, is not exactly very easy.

Fortunately, I have an amazing syndicate group and “The CARISSA GILBERT”. While I consider myself to be a good leader, my abilities as an enforcer are quite questionable as I sometimes, let emotions get in the way. Carissa is that enforcer that I literally need to be. Thankfully, I have her on my team. Her authoritarian approach to group work, coupled with the creative abilities of Chun-Wei & Shirley, Miriam & Claudia’s exceptional attention to detail and sheer determination, ensured that we not only met our deadlines, but managed to wow the faculty and our colleagues with our work. Our group however, is a perfect example of individuals having a love/hate relationship, as we have had so many reasons to quarrel. But I guess that’s group work eh? Sometimes, there is a conflict of interest. I really do love them though.

I must also add that I have really made more great friends and expanded my network a great deal since my last post.  As this is one of the reasons I chose to study at a prestigious business school like Imperial, I am really enjoying the associated feeling of fulfilment. Trust me, the Alumni are so willing to network and help you with whatever questions or knowledge gaps you need to fill, especially regarding careers. This has added a great deal of value to my general experience here at ICBS. One particular highlight, this month, was meeting an external career service auditor who, after listening to my career plans, immediately offered to connect me to an exceptional Brazilian Surgeon with similar goals to improve healthcare in Africa.

Kostis is always making faces!!! L-R: Me, Milena, Samantha & Kostis after the Christmas dinner.

Kostis is always making faces!!! L-R: Me, Milena, Samantha & Kostis after the Christmas dinner.

I am really loving it here. It’s also my birthday soon and I am excited about spending Christmas and my birthday with these lovely people I have met this since joining the business school in October. School’s out and the holidays have started. This literally means I might not see most of my new friends till activities resume in January. After our last coursework activity, we all went for a Christmas dinner together. As the wine flowed, the emotions followed, we were both happy that the term was over and sad that we would not be seeing one another for about 3weeks. The loving relationship we had built over the semester had us feeling blue as we hugged and said our goodbyes.

Love does hurt…Sometimes!

Debo is studying our MSc International Health Management programme.