We recently caught up with Nadjeschda, current MIM student for a brief chat on life at IE.
Hi Nadja! Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hello everyone! My name is Nadjeschda and I’m a girl who grew up in Germany, but as you can probably tell from my name, I have Estonian and Russian roots. I moved to Sweden when I was 16 and after receiving my high school degree, I moved back to study International Business for my Bachelor in Stuttgart. I was lucky to have the opportunity of studying abroad in beautiful California in the United States, and of doing internships in Switzerland. I fell in love with Spain in the summer of 2007, when I lived in Valencia for three months to study Spanish. Now I am finally back and am enjoying the culture, food, language and of course the education at IE in Madrid!
Wow! And what would be an interesting fact about yourself then…?
I travelled around the world for 6 months before starting the program. It was one of the best and most intense experiences I have ever had and would recommend it to anyone!
What’s your favorite quote and why?
“Failure is success if we learn from it” – Malcolm Forbes. I like this quote because I certainly couldn’t agree with it more. I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so whenever things go in a way you don’t want them to go, you need to ask yourself why and learn from it. If I’m honest, I have probably learned more from my mistakes than from my successes. The difficult part is to admit to yourself that something has gone wrong.
What’s it like living in Madrid?
Madrid is amazing! We always joke that whoever says New York is the city that never sleeps hasn’t been to Madrid ;) The food, the culture, the nightlife, the people… It never gets boring, there is always something to do. There couldn’t be a more fun environment for students to live in.
What are some of the interesting things you’ve been up to on the program this past week?
Last week we had a really interesting executive insight event where the speaker talked about various political and environmental issues around the world. Also, we did a fun simulation on Organizational Behaviour where the goal was to persuade your employees to a new strategy as the CEO of the company.
What specialization are you planning on doing and why?
I chose the International Business specialization because I believe that it fits with my future career goals (being a consultant) the most. That specialization offers a very broad education in strategy, project and talent management which is perfect for me as I would like to go into management & strategy consulting.
What do you want to do after the Master?
After the Master I want to pursue my passion, which is consulting. I already have work experience in the area and can’t wait to go back. The difficult question is where to go geographically! IE opens so many doors and I don’t know yet whether I want to stay in Europe, go back to the US, or maybe try Asia… ;)
Pleasure speaking to you Nadja!