This June, we are running the ICS Alumni Donation Drive, a one-month initiative inviting students, alumni, faculty, and the Schools friends and family to come together, and make a collective impact on ICS' Future.
In this blog, post, we want to share Hide's story, an MBA alumnus from the Class of 2014 and also one of the ICS Alumni Donation Drive Ambassadors.
Q. How has ICS shaped you as a person?
I was a one-year program student at ICS back in 2014. Looking back, that one year was as intense as my full-time job! But it is not just about "toughing it out"; as the academic representative, I learned a lot about my own leadership style and how to improve it.
In addition, the international atmosphere, with the majority of students being from abroad, helped me to prepare for my post-graduation career outside Japan.
My days at ICS shaped not only the way I approach an issue, but also how I make a decision both as a professional and as a person. It was a truly rewarding experience and I hope that future ICS students will find it as such.
Q. Who was your Zemi advisor? Any anecdotes you want to share with us about your zemi?
My advisor was Ken Kusunoki. I loved the way he strategically positioned his zemi as opposed to other professors. Indeed, he is a real strategist!
Q. What motivated you to become an ICS Alumni Donation Drive Ambassador?
In one word, "reciprocity." I owe what I am today to ICS and so I thought it natural to do everything I can to help the school.
Q. What is the best memory from your time at ICS?
The entire year was a chain of good memories, but I would say ICS Auction Day was definitely a highlight. I still wonder how we all managed the event in the midst of Term 1 which was by far the busiest term.
Q. Any fun facts you would like to share with us?
I graduated from ICS on August 29, 2015. Since my birthday is August 30, the drinking party on that day to celebrate our graduation turned into my birthday party as soon as the clock hit 12:00 a.m. (I barely remember what happened after that).