To this point, our MBA has been amazing both as a learning and a living experience. It has been a year of transition, which we believe will soon allow us to make a real difference in our professional lives. We feel much more competent, more creative, and more open-minded than ever before.
Among all the school related events that we have had the chance to participate in, some of them deserve more attention when being told to our peers, families and friends. Now, we are particularly proud to tell this story, not only to our closest friends at IE, but also to everyone interested in pursuing an MBA here. On January 29 through the 31st, two of us traveled to Italy on our own accord to represent IE Business School at the 6th Annual 2010 MBA Ski and Snowboard Cup organized by SDA Bocconi. The event was an incredible experience and we took full advantage of this great networking opportunity and to promote IE’s already respectable name. However, the fact that made this event all the more enticing was our success in the tournament. With a 4th place finish in the Ski race and a 3rd place finish in the Snowboard race, we had the best overall result as a school, taking 1st place in the entire tournament!
We were impressed by the fact that the two of us (the smallest team there) could have reached such an excellent result, and at the same time we were proud to represent our new «Spanish» origin. In fact, we had the chance to show several business schools exactly what diversity means at IE. We are two students living in Madrid, an American and an Italian. By being awarded with a first place prize in front of 150 people, many of them coming from SDA Bocconi, where the 60% of the class are Italian nationals, we did just that. Both of us had this ideology in mind after being awarded by Dr. Alberto Grando and Dr. Valter Lazzari, respectively SDA Bocconi’s Dean and Masters’ Director (see the photo).
Unfortunately there’s no picture of the race because the official photographer gave up after few competitors raced for adverse weather conditions (in a few words, he was freezing with -12° and a 60 km/h wind!)
The IE Ski & Snowboard Team
Brian Dapelo, IMBA Candidate 2010: April Intake
Pier Francesco Verlato, IMBA Candidate 2010: April Intake