Igor Travels Abroad

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Exams, Friends and Mid-Term Break

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The title is quite self-explanatory and this past week I had exams…nine to be precise.

First up on Friday, we had Italian night at Hotel Institute Montreux. The school loves to prepare fun events that focus not only on studying, but also having fun while doing so. The pizza was very yummy.

Afterwards, I had a very good weekend seeing my friend Shishir again from SHMS, my previous university, who is studying a bachelor in hospitality as well. We went to get some food and hot chocolate, since the past week has been cold and rainy then went to watch the Avengers: Endgame together. It was really fun and we had a blast.

After the fun, it was time for exams and school work though. I did handle all of them quite well and had to recap what we have learned the past 4 weeks on a formal exam.

The education so far has been very rewarding. I know I have talked about the cool things we do each week and it’s nice, but this university truly does stand out. More specifically, this week was a good summary of what I have learned so far and it is a lot. More importantly, it was learned through action, from principles of management class, where we conducted interview and surveys with students to understand leadership in the 21st century, to acting as mystery guests infiltrating local business to better understand how they market local tourist attractions to even dressing up as Africans to promote our 80 person banqueting event with the theme, A Wild Jungle Night in Africa.

(Our entertainment team promoting our event through the classrooms 😀 )

If that’s not enough, we are designing a resort concept for a 200 day world-cruise with our team, in another class a hotel and outlining operations and defending case-studies. All in all, school is very action oriented and fast-paced.

Back to exams, they went very well. I felt good at what I was doing. I do feel I can absolutely do much better though and will be working even harder for the next 5 weeks coming up. Many projects will be due and this is the time to start doubling down and working.

I prepare for my exams above, such as Principles of Management presentation, where my college and I interviewed over 63 students at age of 19-23 doing internships in Europe to collect and compile intriguing data as to student’s perspectives on leadership and management in the 21st century. We aimed at implementing over 9 management theories by famous managerial experts and theorists, giving us insight as to how we can become better leaders in today’s world.

After all the exams, we now have a weekend and long break (Thursday until next Monday). Many students are escaping the rainy and cold Montreux weather to warm places, such as renting a villa in Ibiza, sun-tanning at Lake Como in Italy or enjoying tapas in Spain.

What am I doing? I think the usual stuff I do, which is probably the exact opposite of everyone else. I’m waking up at 5AM and working out  at the gym. I had a personal trainer before I came to Switzerland so following my routines. Today was triceps, back and legs day.

Afterwards, I spent the day organizing my room, going shopping and taking care of chores, then really digging deep and doing some life and time management planning. I think these are the best times to get clear on purpose, bigger goals and life and what am I heading towards, whereas when school is going on, it’s very difficult to do so. I’m re-learning Tony Robbins, Time of Your Life, which throws conventional time management into the garbage and is a profound and new way to be able to not only achieve more, but also have more fulfillment doing so. I read Grant Cardone’s book 10X today as well and started on Think and Grow Rich.

Last but not least, I am, most importantly, working on my school projects this weekend to have excellent progress towards my final exams. I want to ensure I do an outstanding job and give it my absolute best effort.

Tomorrow, I will visit my friends and colleagues in Gstaad Palace, where I did my previous internship and will share those next week.

For now, have a great night and thanks again for reading. Talk soon and my best regards,


PS: If you or you know a friend who is interested in studying abroad, especially business and hospitality at my school, download this absolutely free brochure about Hotel Institute Montreux https://www.hotelinstitutemontreux.com/en/form/brochure


Author: Igor Miller

A passionate Swiss hotelier with a love for adventure, entrepreneurship, experiencing cultures and people.

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