Laura Iannò
Master in Management student '18
Laura is a student of the Master in Management Class of 2018...
Master in Management

Bocconi to Frankfurt School – Why I’ve never looked back!

March 28, 2017
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If I could go back in time and tell my past self what I would experience after my Bachelor’s degree, I probably wouldn’t believe my own words. Opportunities are fleeting gifts that I’ve always loved catching, however in my eyes some possibilities have always been too good to be true. Studying  my master’s at Frankfurt School was one of them.

I first became familiar with the German culture during my bachelor’s at Bocconi University. Many of the German exchange students painted their country as the centre of European economy, as well as one of the most prosperous marketplaces in the EU. These two elements, joint with my willingness to better learn how to speak German, made me decide to search for a valuable university in Germany. After much research on the internet, I decided I wanted to study the relatively young Master in Management program at Frankfurt School. Some may say this was a risky decision but it’s a decision I am glad I made.

One of my Master’s professors once said that a university is like a company, which enables students to mature their knowledge. In this prospective, I can say, without any doubt, that Frankfurt School offers a high-quality service. Not only because of the quality and the clearness of what we are taught, but also (and mostly) for the capacity of letting you understand and pursue your dreams.

Some may say that the future is uncertain, but here in Frankfurt School I feel like having the future in my own hand. The reason to this lies in the quality of the career services of the university offered for Master in Management and Master of Finance students.  I took part at Career Day of the last semester and the wide range of companies left me without words. I had the possibility to have a clear overview of internships opportunities and to implement my network in just one day. Moreover, all the information about job opportunities is collected in the jobs board online, which is very practical and easy to use.

In 2005, David Foster Wallace said to Kenyon College’s graduates “probably the most dangerous thing about college education is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract arguments inside my head instead of simply paying attention to what’s going on right in front of me”. If he would have made this speech to the MiM graduates, he would have realized that this is not true at Frankfurt School. After just one semester, I could already understand how important the courses were for my personal growth – not only through what we learn in the classroom but also through the practical elements of the program.

However, what really made me instantly feel at home was the international environment. At Frankfurt School, German culture meets other cultures with spontaneity. Everybody speaks fluent English, so German is by no means a must but everyone does help you to better understand the German language, making you feel comfortable in every situation. It’s a community that warmly embraces you and then teaches you how to fly when the time comes.

I would like to say many more things to all my compatriots at Bocconi, but experience with our own hands is always the best teacher. So, I only have one main suggestion to all Italian students: don’t be afraid. Take the opportunity to join this wonderful experience. Studying your master’s at Frankfurt School won’t leave you disappointed.

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