Monday, March 26, 2007


After being offered a place on the MBA programme it is now time to decide whether or not to take it. After all, accepting the place means a huge change in my current life and, most importantly, in my future life. That’s a decision I will have to make until 18 April.

I don’t need to decide where I would like to do the MBA. That choice has already been made. I always wanted to go to Cambridge to begin with and after being offered the place, there’s no need to apply to other places. The big decision is whether I should do an MBA abroad or not.

Leaving the things and places you’ve known all your life is not as easy as it may seem. So I think I’ll spend the next few days thinking about what lies ahead and thinking about all my options.

I know the decision seems quite obvious, but I like evaluating all my options before making a final decision. That way, I’ll know it was very well thought out.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The decision

After a wonderful city tour, the interview day was over. We were told the decision would be taken that evening and should be emailed to us immediately afterwards.

Some of the candidates were staying overnight so some of us decided to get together in a local pub to chat for a while. So there we were….five very different people from all over the world talking and laughing and sharing experiences…it really was fun. Thank you guys!

And it was the perfect way to end the day…as the hours (and beers) went by, even though we were at the pub, we found ways to check our emails. Some using Blackberry devices, others calling home….the important thing was…we all got the offer! We all got accepted!

Cheers to us!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The interview day

If you are applying to the Cambridge MBA and have your interview scheduled, you are probably very nervous and anxious. I can't say that I wasn't! So, for all you guys wondering how it is to attend the interview day at Cambridge, I will share my experience with you. I hope you will find it helpful and insightful.

I was asked to be at Judge Business School by 8.45 a.m. Being aware of the well-known British punctuality, I arrived 15 minutes earlier. As I stared at JBS’ magnificent building I was sure that would be an unforgettable day.

I must say it was much better than I expected. Everything was very well planned and the organisation was amazing. As we arrived, we were given a paper folder with all the information we needed for that day and for our decision (whether or not to accept the place if offered one). There was an individual schedule for each one of the candidates and I had my interview scheduled for 12.00 a.m. I guess there were about 15 to 20 people attending the interview day.

Instead of starting with the interviews, we were firstly introduced to several faculty members who shared with us their vision of the programme and of the class they were trying to put together. I must say all faculty and staff members are really nice and informal. These Q&A sessions made us all relax a little bit and we were able to get more comfortable with that atmosphere. And, of course, we got lots of informations about Cambridge and the programme.

After hearing about the programme, the financial and funding details, the career options and prospects we actually had the opportunity to attend a class. I must say I was amazed by the informality and dynamics of the class. Luckily for us, the speaker was the CEO in residence, a very dynamic and funny person.

All the above lasted barely until 11.30. My interview was 30 minutes away and I was getting nervous but excited at the same time. After being there for more than a couple of hours I started to get more confident and instead of trying to look good, I was just enjoying that incredible experience.

After a short guided tour around the building we waited a couple of minutes in the common room for our interviewers. Each one of us had been designated with one or two interviewers.

Finally, my interviewer met me at the common room and we went to his office to go through the interview. I must say he was very nice and tried to make me comfortable. Don’t expect mean people who are trying to get you. As I said, all teachers are very friendly and helpful.
The interview lasted for less than half an hour. He asked me some challenging questions but I think I did well. He didn’t go through the application form neither did he ask the standard boring questions about weaknesses, strengths or hobbies.

I found it a challenging but interesting interview. He didn’t ask me many questions and before I knew he was already looking forward to my questions.

After the interview we had lunch with current alumni and we were able to ask them all kinds of questions. I even found one student from my country and it was interesting to get his view on things.

After that, they took us on a guided tour of the city. How many schools bother to show you their city and explain its history? Not many, I suppose. That walking tour took about two hours and a half and was very interesting. Luckily for us, it was a marvellous sunny day.

And before we knew it…the interview day was over. We knew the decision would be given in the next hours but all of us were overwhelmed with all we saw.

Regardless of being accepted or not, nobody will ever take that amazing day and that exciting experience from me. And the experience was worth every single minute I spent at JBS.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Destination: Cambridge

It was my first time in Cambridge and my expectations were quite high. Many people told me Cambridge is a beautiful place.

After spending there one day and a half I was completely speechless. The city is so lovely and lively. It's filled with history and you are certain to find a department or a college in every block of the city. Needless to say, these beautiful buildings are more than 500 years old. You will be facing places where many of the things you know where actually discovered. Add amazing green parks, a lovely river, a carless environment and streets packed with young faces from all over the world...and you've got Cambridge!

For those of you who are in the middle of many application processes and don't know which MBA to choose, you must visit Cambridge. You can only feel that atmosphere after being there. And I am pretty sure you won't even consider any other places after knowing what Cambridge has to offer as a Business School and as a place to live in for a year.

If you are considering to take the phone interview, available in some cases, think twice. I urge you to visit the place and go throught the experience they have prepared for candidates.

I can only say it was one of the most amazing and exciting experiences I have ever had. It's really worth it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The journey begins

Saturday, 10th March 2007

11:07....touchdown....I was finally in London (Heathrow) and about to begin an amazing three day journey. As I took the Heathrow Express to Central London I was wondering about what was waiting for me in those three days. I was travelling to England after being shortlisted for the interview day at Judge Business School (Cambridge).

One thing was certain....I was blessed with a fantastic sunny day as I arrived and I hoped it could be a good sign for the days to come.

After a quick stop by the Hotel, I started my all day walk around London. I must say it was pretty tiring but it was worth all the effort. It was not my first time in London but it was, by far, the best. London is a wonderful city, specially if seen under a clear blue sky.

Sunday, 11th March 2007

After a fine morning of sightseeing in London I checked out of the Hotel and went to King's Cross Station to take the train. I must say, at first, it is quite confusing. The station is quite big and it is always very crowded. After finding out how to buy the ticket and which train was the right one for me, I finally started the last part of my journey. Destination: Cambridge.