Posts Tagged ‘Heritage View’


Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Last week, we had the infamous INSEAD Dash. The Dash has been a tradition for a long time, and while I do not know its origins, it was fore sure a fun experience to be part of it.

On the day of the Dash, almost the whole class assembled in the morning in front of Heritage View, which is the condominium where I and a large proportion of the INSEAD students live. Everybody was wearing costumes, most of them rented from costume shops across the city. A very colorful crowd that assembled there indeed 🙂 After everyone had joined, the group then moved to campus – some literally dashing, others normally walking the 10 minute walk that I take every morning to school.

At school, everybody assembled in the courtyard for picture-taking, breakfast and small talk. Most people kept wearing their costumes the whole day, including in classes. A truly hilarious sight, a classroom full of Romans, bunnies, Indians, ducks, and many other strange creatures. The professors are obviously already used to this and didn’t let the students’ apparel distract them from their teaching.

In summary, it really was a fun day, and not quite the usual MBA routine. Some pictures follow.

(Belated) Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted. Tells you something about the business of an INSEAD student’s schedule. A lot of stuff has been going on in the past month, and I will try to catch up in the next days by giving a few impressions about some of the things that happened.

Chinese New Year started on 23 January, so we are now already a month into the year of the Dragon. CNY is a really big thing in Singapore, Monday 23 Jan and Tuesday 24 Jan are public holidays, even though most malls already opened again on Tuesday. Monday is also the only holiday on which INSEAD students in the Asia campus get a day off – all other holidays, whether national or religious are ignored due to the high pace and intensity of the program. The actual CNY celebrations went on for about two weeks, and all the streets and shops were decorated. There was even a traditional CNY performance by the pool in the condo I live in… Some impressions from the night 22-23 January in Chinatown (during which it actually poured) and from the performance follow.

My Accommodation in Singapore

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

I consider myself pretty lucky with the accommodation I have managed to obtain in Singapore, even though it is really expensive. Before I write about the apartment that I am living in and show some pictures, however, I want to share how I actually got it.

On the web site for MBA admits there is a large message board on which students also posted about free rooms in shared apartments. So already in October I started contacting pretty much everyone that offered a room, but mostly they were already gone even when I sometimes got in touch with the people very shortly after they had posted on the board. Thus, I did not have a room yet when I quit work and started travelling in the beginning of December. Only a few days later, however, when I was still in Thailand, one girl that was looking for someone to take over her room in an HDB flat contacted me to ask if I was willing to take over the room (HDB stands for Housing Development Board, meaning those are government subsidized buildings in which the main tenants can only be Singapore citizens). The offer sounded interesting and was also cheap compared to the privately owned condominiums which are in the proximity of INSEAD. So I told her that I would happily take the room, and she suggested me to the landlord. Since he was apparently away from Singapore at that time and I desperately wanted to get a room so that I could focus on travelling and not have to think about my housing in Singapore all the time, I even gave him a call and he said that he would be willing to take me and he would email me the details later. Needless to say, I was happy and excited about that. Only a day later, however, I received an email from him saying that he would not rent the room to me since he had found someone who was willing to pay more (in turn also making the room much less attractive due to the 25% higher rent). Luckily, however, only a few hours before that email I had received another email from a person that I had contacted a while before that in response to a board entry and whose primary applicant was no longer willing to take the room. I also had — with some amount of foresight — not immediately rejected this offer, so I could tell him that I was willing to move in. The formalities, including the international transfer of the deposit and the first rent, I then had to organize from Myanmar — which was not at all easy, given that Internet connectivity in Myanmar is rather shaky and mobile phone roaming is not possible.

The place that I ended up in is a condominium called Heritage View. By history, it is the place that the highest proportion of INSEAD students stays at. It is actually a quite luxurious place in comparison to the HDB apartments: It consists of three towers with ~20 storeys each and multiple apartments on each floor. In the middle between the towers there are multiple swimming pools (which are really good in the hot and humid weather!), and the condominium also provides a gym, tennis courts, and other amenities. What is best about living at Heritage View, however, is the boarding school feeling that it provides. Since there are so many of us INSEAD students staying here, you can easily meet someone from your class here or leave for or return from school or social events together. Returning from the first “unofficial” welcome party last week, I shared a cab with six other people, and everyone said goodnight and went up to their apartments — a great start to a year of MBA studies in which I will surely build a close relationship to many of the other students.

A few pictures follow. (more…)

Student Diversity

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Priding itself to be the “Business School for the World”, INSEAD really offers a level of diversity that is absolutely stunning. The six people in my designated study group, for example, are two girls from America and Bahrein and four guys from China, France, Canada/Bangladesh, plus me as a German. At the first inofficial welcome party yesterday, which was attended by ~100 of the 200-odd students starting in Singapore, I had the opportunity to get to know and talk to so many different fellow students, it was actually pretty overwhelming. First of all of course the students are diverse in terms of the nationalities, that cover pretty much all of the globe: I talked to students from the US and Canada, Brazil, various European countries, Israel, Lebanon, China, India, and Indonesia, among others. Also the backgrounds of the students vary in terms of their education and previous job. Of course there are many with an economic degree, but also many others such as engineers or former art students. In terms of previous jobs, there are obviously the usual suspects coming from investment banking or strategy consulting (I already met four people from my company alone, and many from the competitors), but I have also met project managers, an R&D guy, a girl who has worked in film production and wants to start her own production company, and others. I am really looking forward to working and learning together with all of these very different people, which as I am sure will enrich discussions and make everyone together achieve results that no single one would have been capable of on their own.

Besides that, the party yesterday was also really good and a preview of things to come: we started with pre-drinks at Heritage View, which is the condo that I and many of the other students are living at, and then headed for a rooftop bar in the city. I was really excited how many people actually turned out, considering that many arrived just a few days ago or even on the day of the party. When I went home and shared a cab with six other students also living at Heritage View, it was really a boarding school feeling: Everbody said good night and went up to their apartments. I am so looking forward to having this kind of community every day here over the course of the next year.

Tomorrow, the official part of the MBA program is going to start with registration and the opening ceremony, and then we are off to busy eight and a half weeks of the first period: every week is packed from Monday to Saturday, and there is only one two-day weekend (Monday 23 January is off due to Chinese New Year). I guess this year is going to be really intense in both a work and a social way, and I am really excited about that!

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