“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
It’s a new year with new courses, professors and challenges for the students at IMHI. After the holiday break, we have all returned to ESSEC and can see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel: Graduation Day. Just two weeks into the second trimester, and we are already busily studying and preparing presentations, group projects, homework assignments and learning how to balance it all amidst upcoming job and internship applications.
In addition to IMHI classes, a number of us have chosen to explore other passions and interests through the form of ESSEC courses. From “Advanced Excel for Managers” to “Chinese” and “Managing Conflict” to “Spanish,” both first year and second year students are able to take advantage of the ESSEC curriculum and find ways to differentiate and further bolster their resumes, while diving more deeply into subjects that interest them.
In my own case, and in that of five other IMHI students, this path of discovery includes a Beginner’s Arabic course. A challenging and hopefully rewarding experience awaits us over the next three months; and although personal motivations for studying Arabic vary from one student to another, the central theme remains: The ability to better serve and communicate with international travelers.
Being able to complement MBA-specific courses with a wide range of ESSEC electives that cater to very different interests is one of the many perks of being a part of the IMHI program. Thanks to this option, the next trimester is likely to be full of new experiences and discoveries.