I came to AIM with the same uncertainty that everybody must have felt. I asked myself, “What’s in it for me?” Of course, AIM has given me more than what I expected: knowledge about businesses around the world, insightful professors, and, more importantly, very energetic and smart friends which I’ll spend the next 16 months of my life with.
My experience with my learning team was an incredible opportunity for me and a most memorable one. I will always remember having dinner parties along with what seemed like never-ending LT meetings.
It was hard for me in the beginning. I got homesick for first few months but I got along and got through it alright. The learnings from professors were profound. It changed my perspective on how I saw the world. I remember professor Cruz saying, “people don’t want a quarter inch drill, they want a quarter inch hole.” Well, who would’ve thought about that before marketing class?
I also had an opportunity to visit some pretty far-flung places. Philippines is a very beautiful country with so many beautiful beaches and various food to eat. But I will never eat Balut (so scary!).
One of my favorite authors Paolo Coelho pointed out that “we are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust’s, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” I believe that in this little parenthesis, we were meant to stop for a while to meet, to love, and to share. As we move on with our lives, we shall cherish this moment with love and look forward with hope, for the best is yet to come.
Words by Jigme Choden, MBA 2017