Meet Sam Luevano, International MBA student at International School of Management (ISM).
The International School of Management (ISM) is a specialized, accredited business school based in Paris, France, with short programs available in major commercial hubs around the world: New York, Shanghai, São Paulo, New Delhi and Cape Town.
We interviewed Sam Luevano, an IMBA international student at ISM. Sam was going to start the program in Paris in the fall, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is temporarily taking her courses online.
We asked about her experience of remote studying… and much more!
Sam, how is the experience of studying remotely working for you?
This is my first time studying remotely, and it has positively changed my daily habits. Since coffee shops only have to-go options and libraries are still closed, studying from home has proven to have its own challenges. I do enjoy the comfort of staying home, and being able to set my own hours. On the downside, it does take more time to get work done since distractions arise more easily. Overall, it’s an interesting experience that I think everyone is still learning from and adjusting to.
How would you describe the relationship with your peers and professors?
I would describe it as developing. Since I’ve only communicated via Zoom with my fellow peers, it can be harder to form meaningful relationships, especially one-on-one. As for my professors, I actively try to email them or set up Zoom calls if I have any questions about assignments or the course, and they are always so helpful.
What are your future plans after the IMBA?
After my IMBA program is finished, I would love to stay in Paris for a few more years and accept a full-time job in the marketing industry. I also plan on focusing on volunteer work and how to positively impact my community. Although there is no set plan for me yet, I know that after finishing the IMBA program, I will have more clarity on my future.
How do you think an MBA can help you shape a better future?
In my opinion, an MBA can definitely help shape a better future for many reasons. One of my favorite aspects of this program is how my peers are from all over the world. Even though I am nowhere near finishing my program, this experience has already challenged me to think critically, make valuable connections, and learn from professors who are industry leaders.