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Last Minute Decision: Attending the Foundations Course November 30, 2006

Posted by InvisibleInk in Foundations Course, MBA Prep / Logistics, Suggested Pre-readings, Transportation.

Business Foundations Programme

Quite a lot happened this week. First of all, I paid the second installment of my tuition fees. A handsome sum of €27,000 invested towards my career. Secondly, I arranged my car for next year. I decided on a C3 HDi 92 Exclusive. (110 is no longer available on lease from Citroen). Since I will be doing 25+km a day, diesel seemed like a good option. Citroen lease contract is much more comprehensive than the Peugeot contract, plus prices of Citroen are around €500 cheaper yet their cars have more extras. I only signed up for four months, giving me the option of extending my contract later should I choose to stay in Fonty for P3.

Thirdly, I registered for the foundations course. Initially my plan was not to attend the Foundations Course and prepare for the MBA on my own. I was thinking that doing the suggested pre-reading should be enough. When I spoke with a current MBA student and Andrew from the MBA office, they both said planning to read all four pre-reading books was pretty optimistic. Well, three months on, I think they were right. So far I only managed to cover 1 out of 4 textbooks. I have simply been too busy and not been able to find time to sit down and study.

Anyway, if you are a future student, you can still register up to December. Eventhough the official deadline for registration is 2nd of October, after you pay the second installment INSEAD sends you an email asking if you still want to register. By the way, have a look at the schedule. It has INSEAD written all over it. Hard work, long hours, short period of time!



1. Clear Admit: MBA Admissions Consultants Blog » Fridays from the Frontline - December 8, 2006

[…] Welcome to this week’s edition of FFF! Let’s take a look at what’s been going on of late in the b-school blogosphere: While the month of December is just beginning, the academic year is in full swing. Though there are some exceptions (InvisibleInk, for instance is just paying tuition and preparing for pre-term at INSEAD), most students are in the midst of finals and recruiting. Some are focused on their performance, as in Keven’s comments on his work in a popular Negotiations class at Wisconsin and Hallonman’s evaluation of his team’s work so far in Managerial Accounting group assignments. Meanwhile, others place an emphasis on experience; John Galt comments that a three-day Wharton leadership workshop was worth the hit his accounting grade will take as a result, and IESE student George seems to be having such a great time on exchange in New York that this daunting finals workload at Columbia is a fair trade. Others still have devoted some time to sharing the details of their experiences and thoughts on their programs. DomoDomo has done a great job this week describing a unique INSEAD case covering a historical event and recounting the latest social event, Helen considers some things she might change to improve Owen’s program, and ESADE student Allen shares an email he wrote to a prospective student in which he compares two Spanish schools. […]

2. Andrew Bueno - January 11, 2007

Dear Invisibleink,

I feel honored to have been mentioned in your blog 🙂

Hope all is going well and that you’re enjoying your first few weeks at INSEAD.


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