Jonathan (fondly known as Jake) from Belgium
Jake is an almost professional dabber, class participation extraordinaire and a chill, friendly soul who is a lot more smiley than he looks in this soulful photo. Today, we sit down with Jake to learn about his life at IE doing the MIM, and to get a perspective on his class engagement. Fun Facts: Jake dances, and draws!
Hola Jake, tell us about your plans after the mim?
My objective is to go into consulting, more specifically digital consulting where I feel like I can get a better understanding of how new technologies are shaping businesses today.
How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
Hard-working, passionate, creative, determined, interesting.
Tell us a bit about your life in IE so far
My life at IE has been a life-changing event for me. Over the past 7 months that I’ve spent in IE I have learned so much academically, but also about myself. The intense pressure that we are submitted to on a daily basis allowed me to discover and forge a strong character which I believe will be extremely useful in the future. Although it is not always easy, if I had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat. The most interesting part for me was to see my team working skills evolving over this time period. Indeed, before coming to IE, I always thought that I had extremely good team-working skills, However, it was only when mixed with people from different backgrounds, knowledge and skills that I realised my shortcomings and the necessity for me to learn from my mistakes and become a better team member.
What has been your most favourite subject in the MIM and why?
Although I have a lot of subjects in mind, I would say that “corporate finance” has been my favourite subject because it really pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, push my limits and work on projects which I never thought that I would be able to achieve before.
What is the secret to your class-participation superpowers?
I am a very enthusiastic and passionate person so when I do something I want to do it to the fullest of my abilities. The most interesting part for me was to also see the evolution of my class participation as in the beginning, I thought class participation only meant speaking, but over time, I’ve learned that participation is all about enriching the class discussions and add value to the subject discussed. Furthermore, many people do not realise that teachers really appreciate when students engage and test their abilities and knowledge. So to me, I will always have time to spend time on Facebook or Instagram, but when I am in class, I am dedicated to engaging with the class content.