Igor Travels Abroad

"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."


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A break to Vienna

Well the past few weeks have been super awesome and wow am I loving it at school.

To start, I’ve made some very great friends and they are absolutely incredible. The days usually begin at 9AM after a good night’s sleep and off to school to study what I love, finance and business!

Not to mention, stock trading, business evaluation, entrepreneurship, and many other great things. When my friend Alen has time, we hang out and have a great time. He’s focused on eating healthy so I couldn’t resist ordering the biggest, juiciest burger and eat it right in front of him (I’m soo mean)

Right after school, a jump in the lake to cool off with the girls as well as football session with the guys is the best accompanied with some video games and most importantly studying (of course)!

Recently, my specialization even inspired me to begin doing investing and stock trading, so now my goal is to make enough money to afford the next two terms of school tuition that away.

Apart from school, I’ve really been focusing on all my different areas of life, from exercising and running to maintain health, and date a lot more. With my personal development coach, we’ve made a goal for me which is now to go on 100 dates to become better at dating and just enjoy spending time with more girls and of course…meet the girl I love. Nevertheless, I’ve already met a girl I like very much so we will see how that goes. 😛

Exams were great and I felt really confident. I decided to spontaneously fly out to Vienna and got myself an Airbnb for a few days while exploring the city, sleeping a bit more to catch up on the hard work I’ve been putting in and work on the important things where I can think a bit.

I’m also applying for finance internships and if you are reading this in Switzerland and hiring, let’s get in touch!

Otherwise, watching movies, visiting museums (Sigmund Freud and Mozart home for example) and eating like a king! Otherwise, riding around the city on a electric scooter and touring it at 35kmh is also great!

Overall, I’m ecstatic being able to study in such a beautiful location with beautiful friends, education and right in the center of Europe.

Now to finish my Almdudler and Wienerschnitzel (Yumbo!) get an Uber and off to bed! See you next week back in Switzerland!


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School is back in session! – Studying Abroad, Jazz Festival and More!

Vacation flew by fast and the two weeks off with family are now over. I had a great time seeing my family and friends and having fun, such as visiting the latest escape rooms in Russia and going for daily walks in the city centre and trying out all the different restaurants. I really enjoyed seeing my relatives in the evening and eating and drinking traditional Russian foods and drinks. I even got to attend my cousins graduation, where she graduated for her masters, with a red diploma (meaning all A’s).

Moreover, I went out of the city and visited my grandfather at his dacha (summer house) and enjoyed the fresh air and had some delicious food, picked straight from their garden, including alpine berries with milk, a truly Russian speciality.

Of course I missed my family when I had to leave and fly back to Switzerland, yet the new term at Hotel Institute Montreux would be very exciting and I knew it. There would be lots of new students and this term I will study my specialisation, finance, which is so far outstanding. I am learning financial management, capital markets, corporate investment decisions, digital marketing and organisational behaviour and leadership. This past week, we studied how to build customer funnels, begin to learn how to trade on international markets, corporate legal structures and investing, among so much more. I love it!

After I landed, I went and met with my friend Julia. We both worked at the Gstaad Palace and did our internship in front office there together last winter season. We went for a nice long walk, had food and the best ice-cream in Montreux.

Afterwards, my friend and room mate Daniil flew in back from Ukraine and it was so great seeing him again. He brought his cousin along and we had a ton of fun going to Jazz festival as well as Gstaad, where we got in lots of swimming and fondue. We even got first row seats to watch Poland versus Netherlands and Germany play against USA at the world volleyball championships.



My new class is really amazing and I really enjoy having them all in class. We are all from very unique cultures and places and it’s such a multicultural, smart and good-hearted group. We even attended the last week of Jazz festival together and went out and danced every night. And when not partying and dancing, we went swimming by the lake. Thank goodness Jazz festival is now over, so I can catch up my sleep and do some more studying.

I even had someone give us their dog to take a picture. Thank you Ferrari (the dog) for posing in my photo 😀


The week was not over yet, as we played soccer today with 21 other students. We formed 3 teams and played for over two hours in the sun and kicked off the term in a most outstanding way. Overall, it was a really awesome week and looking back, it was incredible how much can take place in seven days.

Anyway…off to bed now. I have school tomorrow 🙂

Until next week and can’t wait to update you on more adventures abroad and studying in Switzerland,

Igor


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Vacation, Family and Hospitality….

Such a marvelous week has passed by and the end of semester 4 has arrived. Finally, time to recover from all the sleepless nights of final exams and studying with two whole weeks of vacation. I’ll find out my grades by this Friday and will start semester 5 after the break.

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting my SEG coordinators for USA and South America region and we had a great, lively conversation about student life. It is always wonderful to meet such amazing people, especially my USA coordinator, Aline, who has helped support me through the past two years education. For those of you who read about my time when I did the CBYX program, she is like my betreuer(featured right)

For my break, I decided to fly back to where I was born in Russia and visit my grandparents. After surviving through the wars, especially World War II, my grandma is getting older and it’s always a pleasure to be able to see her and help out, especially cleaning the apartments, going for more walks and making sure that everything at the apartment is in order, since things are falling apart and I fix them.

More importantly, I love spending the time with her and hearing her stories and supporting her, being the strong and loving woman she is who helped take care of me when I was just a little boy. I owe it to her and love her very much.

Family is the most important thing we have and we must always support our family, especially our grandparents who are getting older. And not only to take care of them but to accept them and love them no matter what.

For break, I decided to go really go offline and I’m feeling great. I’m sleeping a lot and “recovering” from exams, eating healthy, going for daily exercise, reading many great books, such as American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, and have no internet at home. It’s a wonderful and much needed break.

Today, I gave back and went to a local business and spoke about hospitality, studying in Switzerland and the English language. It’s always nice to help others and provide value and I really had a blast. The next couple of days, I’ll see old friends and more family and my parents will come this Friday. I’m very excited.

I’ll leave you with this, as it was a question that was really good that one of the employees at the business asked me. He asked, “What is hospitality and what does it mean for you? Of course, there’s hotels and stuff but what does it mean?” What a great question, as I think it is a great conclusion to this post.

Each person of course has their own definition but for me, it is the act of caring for other people. To make them feel welcome. To exemplify true and authentic humanity and help others. To do the right thing, even when no one is looking. A combination of integrity, trust, compassion, love, care and support. That, for me, is hospitality.

Until next week,

Igor