Once upon a time, I was living in London, had a fun job in the city, loads of wonderful friends and a hectic and crazy lifestyle. One day, I decided to drop all that and come to HEC in Montreal (Canada) to spend a year to study a MBA. What happened next? Read on....

Monday, November 24, 2003

First Class in english MBA

I had my first class in the English MBA today and I really liked it. Our Operation Management teacher "Joseph N. Kelada ", is like a master in his field. he developped and applied his own concepts which are really fascinating.

I also met my new teammates. There are one Canadian, 2 Chineses and one Pakistanese students. I only met them briefly but they all look very friendly and bright so I'm very delighted with my new team.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

End of Period 2 Exams

Yeah! The last exam of the three days exams weekend is now finished. I'm so happy and reliefed but very disappointed that the weekend is almost gone (Sunday afternoon) and that the new term is starting tomorrow morning already. The Operation Management's teacher already sent us a case to be prepared for tomorrow. 'Great!'... :-(

Tomorrow will be also my first class in the English MBA with my new group. I can't wait! This term, we will also have our first Marketing course and since I want to take that as my concentration choice, I'm ultra motivated for that class. I can't wait to start!

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Fly to shop...

Tickets to fly to Ikea sell out in three minutes Tickets for a plane charted by Ikea to take customers in remote northern Norway to its store in the south of the country has sold out in three minutes. Ikea took the step after 6,000 residents of the northern towns signed a petition asking Ikea to build a store in northern Norway.'
What a brilliant idea but I can't believe how desesparate are these customers to shop at Ikea. When is Mc Donalds going to arrange flights too???

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Transfer into English MBA...Yeah!

I'M HAPPY! I had initially applied to be in the English MBA program at HEC Montreal but since I applied at her later stage and that the English program was full, I had been offered a place on the French program, which I accepted.
When I joined the program in August, I noticed that a lot of people didn't show up the first week to start their MBA and therefore some places remained vacant. I immdiately asked to be transfered into the English MBA. Since the program already started, the MBA management asked me to wait until the next period to be transfered. The two first period are coming to an end next weekend and I'll join the English program as of Monday the 24th of November!!!

I'm so happy that I'm finally transfered to what I initially applied and paid for. Beside that, the composition of the new groups have been made known and my class is composed of my best mates that I have met on the MBA so I'm even more delighted by all these good news!

Not so good is that the end of the period means also exams... and next weekend will be 1 exam on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday!! Hrgh.. Ok, I better get studying then...:-/

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

First snow in Montreal

We're going to have some snow tomorrow!!! The first time since I'm in Montreal. It means that the winter is officially there. I can't wait to see the first snow falling on Montreal and take some pics!

Monday, November 03, 2003

Macro-economics teacher doesn't know about 'Europe'...

We had our mid- term test in Macro-Economics today. Grr...
Then we had our usual lesson. I thought the teacher knew his stuff but it sounds like he knows only Canada and the rest of the world which is FOR HIM...USA. All the examples in the course are given regarding Canada's situation and THE foreign country: US! At one point, my French colleague asked him if he could illustrate one of his theory in regards to Europe. The teacher said textually: 'Well, I'm not sure... I haven't follow the situation since the European countries have been united... Well, before the European Union, i know that Germany blablabla....'.
Gosh, I couldn't believe this guy! It's been more than 10 years now that Europe is united... Does he never read The Economist or watch CNN or whatever international newspaper to know what the situation is like in Europe....? Since Macroeconomics is the analysis of a country's economy as a whole, I thought that he would at least have the curiosity of lurking into Europe or whichever country to know how things are organized there. Nope, Canada, US...That's it!

Saturday, November 01, 2003

Halloween party

The MBA Halloween party last Thursday night was ace. Almost everyone was dressed up in some very original and unexpected outfits. I was a witch which is not very original but quite good regarding the time I invested in looking for an outfit and end up with a one dollar hat and nails at Dollarama. Cheap but efficient as I was in the halloween mood to the full!