Monthly Archives: July 2006

Page View Record

Wow! Sending out just one email to my classmates yesterday generated a total of 425 page views in 24 hours, when on average I have about 80 page views per day, and so far my record had been 135.

Keep it coming, guys!


E6 Poem

Tim, the true “poet” in our class, had written a few lines about our section at the end of P2. As it’s just as appropriate now at the end of P3 as it was two months ago, I thought I post it here with his permission. Enjoy!

You Guys

I hope you will all, at this momentous time
Indulge me a moment for a commemorative rhyme
To mark the near-end of our four months together
And briefly reflect on our communal endeavour.

When I came to this school, I had on my mind
That the people would be egotistically inclined
I thought MBA people would likely be pricks
Thankfully that’s not the case, at least not in E6

Ideally, I’d give a personal reflection
On the quirks of everyone in my beloved section
But an individual assessment could well take all night
(And I risk offending people I really quite like)

Our range of personalities is truly diverse
And at times our relations have been a tad terse
And in some of the classes, I’ve felt tension mounting –
I’m amazed we’ve survived Managerial Accounting

But on the whole, we’ve got on with aplomb
And weathered the storms of recruitment and POM
What a journey it’s been, and whilst it feels like an end
We’ve a long way to go, and so my dear friends,

One thing that I hope you’ll always remember
Is we’ve each others’ support until the end of December
E6 are still family, until the show’s ended
And take care of yourselves – it’s been fucking splendid.

School’s Out Forever for Summer

So it finally did happen – we finished P3. I know it’s been only 2 weeks, but somehow it feels like ages ago already. On Thursday, June 29, we had our last core exams (and since most of our electives do not have any exams, these may have been our last exams ever :-), Politics in the morning and Macroeconomics in the afternoon. With all the assignments due to the last minute and those exams to prepare, I didn’t even have time to realize that by Friday morning, I was leaving Fontainebleau for good.

Yes, that’s right – since I will be spending both P4 and P5 in Singapore, I won’t be back at the Camembert this fall. No more champagne parties, no more weekend trips to Paris. Even our graduation in December, for which I will return to France, takes place in Versailles, not Fontainebleau, so I guess I’ll have to wait until my five-year reunion before I get to see Amphi A again.

It’s very sad to know that I won’t be seeing some of my classmates until graduation. As I said before, INSEAD’s 10-month program is short as it is, and the campus exchange with Singapore makes it even shorter.

The E6 pyramid, left side, ... ... and right side (yes, the one behind Dan's pink shirt is me :-)

Of course, we had to celebrate this occasion in style. After a relaxed E6-only BBQ in Arbonne-la-Forêt (thanks to Oren, Karen and the rest of the crew), we headed off to Shangri-La for our biggest champagne party to date. After lots of champagne (not for me, as I was driving), we got into all sorts of section-bonding activities: first, Charles talked us all into forming a human pyramid (above), then we talked Charles into going for a swim (below).

Charles looking forward for a refreshing dip in the pool Charles thanking his classmates for the idea

In the end, we followed his example and continued the party in the pool, despite the somewhat chilly weather. The cold the next morning was well worth it.

E6 in the pool

PS: We finally got our E6 T-shirts. Thanks to Pateel’s design, they really are the sixiest thing on campus.

T-shirt front ... ... and back