After a hectic week of exams with which we ended the second term at RSM, the 2013 class faced two of the most challenging, yet exciting, activities of our MBA: the Living Management Consulting Project (LMCP) and the Themed Research International Project (TRIP).
During the first assignment, LMCP, all the teams were presented with a real-live problem faced by a company, and the challenge consisted in coming up with what the team believed was the best solution to solve it.
This assignment required a great deal of research and discussion among the team members, and the stress of the final presentation was no exempted of difficult moments that each team had to overcome. In my case (and I believe that this is the case for most of the other students) at the end of the week I felt exhausted but also satisfied and proud, since we managed not only to enhance our team building capabilities but also to deliver the different companies with solutions that were actually meaningful and value-adding.
Just a couple of days after finishing our projects, all RSM students were travelling on two buses on their way to Brussels. It was a two days TRIP during which we visited the European Commission and attended a series of presentations in order to understand how the European Union works, with specific focus on leadership aspects. To complete the experience, we also visited different companies in Belgium: General Electric, European Investment Bank, InBev, LOreal, Coca Cola and McKinsey. My particular choice was McKinsey, were the companys CEO kindly gave RSM a very interesting two hour presentation that consisted mostly of Q&A coming from us.
TRIP is not finished yet: we have the final paper to be handled this week, so we still have some work to do in order to put all the knowledge together and get the best out of the experience!
Finally, before starting the third term of our MBA, we had a nice week of vacations. There were many trips organized by the students, so most of us were scattered around different countries in Europe! The three most visited locations were Greece (organized by the Sailing Club), Berlin and Sicily. After looking at all the pictures that have already been posted in Facebook, I am pretty sure that we all had a wonderful time, having fun but also building stronger relationships among us as a class.
We are now half way through our MBA, and I am enjoying it more than ever. The overall experience has surpassed my expectations and I am sad to see that time passes so fast. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of challenges to come and a whole bunch of brand new experiences to be lived and enjoyed!
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