Today was quite a busy day on the Fontainebleau campus. We had 80 students arriving from 25 different countries. As they arrived, we showed them to their rooms before offering them a sandwich and a drink and then giving them a tour of the various areas we will be using on campus throughout the program. The students got to see the restaurant where they will be eating, the lecture hall, their group breakout rooms, the INSEAD sign, and the well-equipped fitness center — all of which left people eager to begin! After the tour, they had the option to partake in a scavenger hunt, which allowed them to explore the area a bit more on their own while also having a chance to meeting others.
Once the majority of the group had checked in, everyone took their seats in the lecture room where Adrian Johnson and Peter Zemsky introduced the dense program. The schedule looked very intimidating — each minute occupied with some sort of activity or lecture — but this didn’t seem to faze anyone.
After a delicious dinner of hamburgers and fries, everyone got into their YFCD teams for some icebreaker activities. This gave everyone a chance to meet their peers and counselors in a fun and quirky environment. They used the remainder of the time to wind down however they pleased, whether it be by mingling with one another or by playing football, table football, or basketball. This got them ready for some much-needed rest — tomorrow’s team-building activities are going to require a lot of energy!