A few weeks ago, I was approached to write this blog about my experiences doing the Masters in Management at IE Business School in Madrid Spain. Now, I’ve blogged before but usually it has been a place for me to put my metaphorical pen to metaphorical paper and let my friends and family around the world know what has been going on in my life. I think this is slightly different. I suppose I should start with an introduction to me.

Coming from Cape town in South Africa

My name is Daena D’Oliveira and I am from Cape Town, South Africa. When I look back at the choices I have made it could be any number of them that led me to this point of my life – pursuing my Masters in Management in Madrid. My desire to study further, my involvement in development agencies and student leadership at the University of Cape Town has all given me hope for the future leaders the world is producing. I am incredibly proud to be one of “Madiba’s Children.” I am a part of the class that started school in the same year that Nelson Mandela took up his presidency of South Africa and have been afforded opportunities that my parents could only dream of.

Believing that I can do anything I set my mind to

The greatest advantage that I have as a student today is still the unwavering belief that I can do anything I set my mind to. By being a student at the University of Cape Town, I was part of an advantaged few in my young country and I feel as though I need to use this to my advantage and become the best me that I am capable of. In today’s society, this is not only the best me in Cape Town or South Africa, but the best me on a global scale.

Why a Master in Management at IE Business School?

Most of you reading this would probably wonder why IE? There are lots of different things that you need to consider when choosing your graduate school – what is it that you want to gain from the experience? What can you do for the school you want to attend and what can they do for you? Are you a good fit? I wrote my GMAT with this in mind, and to be honest, my scores surprised me. I knew which schools were ranked highly by The Financial Times, which schools focused on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and which schools appealed to me from a location and cultural perspective.

Something special about IE

With my scores, I was able to consider the top schools in the world, but there was something special about IE. IE is part of Madrid. It embraces the city and the people and makes the most of the global business community. There are people here from every corner of the world (my class has 46 nationalities represented) with any number of interests. For me, this was crucial: a great school, in a dynamic urban setting and people from all over the world.

From the application to the letter of acceptance

All through the Admissions process, the IE admissions department…..

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