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Real Humans of INSEAD’s MBA Class of 2020

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Donald Fraser, INSEAD’s MBA Class of 2020

Age: 31
Hometown: Singapore
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Geography, Cambridge University
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 9 years, Shipping.

Why business school? Why now?
Career change.

Why INSEAD? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
1. One-year MBA
2. Asia Pacific & Europe focus
3. Business as a force for good

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2020?
Unique industry experience; insights from general management.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
I love Indian Food.

Post-MBA career interests?
Energy, environmental consulting, carbon reduction, general management.

Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would change or do differently?
I would have been better prepared for the ‘online interviews.’

–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
The online interviews! But the little preparation I did helped out.

What is your initial impression of INSEAD’s students/culture/community?
Wonderfully diverse, smart, interested, and fun.

One thing you have learned about INSEAD that has surprised you?
That it has its own emerging markets institute. 

Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
Finding time to do everything.

Thing you are most excited about in your first year?
All the amazing extra-curricular opportunities.

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Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.