I've met classmates from South Africa, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bermuda, and more. I was truly amazed at the mosaic appearance of the cohort of 2017 and I realized that our class had people of more than twenty different nationalities and between us we spoke more than twenty languages.
I had heard about the great Ivey community and network before I joined Ivey, but I did not expect it to be this strong, or this supportive. I know I am forming friendships and relationships with people who will have my back for a lifetime.
Now I am more confident about my unique background. I am proud of who I am and I am more than ever deeply convinced that I can be an asset as valuable as local people because of my diversity.
While our class could consistently provide good contribution like basic facts and numbers, one thing I immediately struggled with was excellent contribution. Excellent contribution meant that you had to think on your feet and drive deep, relative insight that brought something new to the table.
But the transformation is not only academic, it is deeply human. Every morning, when I look around, I realize how privileged I am: the best talents in Canada and abroad, all united in the same classroom. And everyone is here for a reason.
In this blog post, Kathryn Tang, Ivey MBA 2017, speaks about her experience with New Venture Project and Global Ivey Day as well as discussing the strong connection she feels to the Ivey community — both peers and alumni.
One of the judges made her way to the podium to announce the next finalist. The tension was palpable among the 200 students who had travelled from all over the world to compete in the Hult Prize’s regional round of competition in England’s capital.
Before coming to business school I would say that self-awareness was a personal strength of mine.
To put things in perspective, I have been walking this planet for a quarter of a century and have been born, brought up, educated and worked in a city called Pune in India.
It’s clear to me that left-brained people are more than capable of becoming successful entrepreneurs and should not be afraid of going down the new venture path.