The Blogger Returns to INSEAD After Spending a Semester at the Wharton Business School

I’m back in Fontainebleau after 2 months at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia. It’s great to be back in France. I quickly got into my old routine– INSEAD classes in the morning, biking in the forest in the afternoon, and house parties at night. I even remembered to bring plastic bags to the French supermarket and to go there before they slam the doors shut at 7:30 PM. Below are some pictures from my stay at Wharton. They show the Wharton building (Huntsman Hall) above, the gigantic Penn bookstore, the undergrad fraternities on campus, the Spring Fling, the INSEAD baseball trek, and our farewell INSEAD dinner at Chili’s (Hey it was $2.50 Margarita night!)

One of the biggest differences that I noticed about Penn, was the presence of so many young 18-22 year-old college students. Because INSEAD doesn’t have an undergrad program, you don’t see anyone under 26 on campus (Well maybe Professors’ kids and MBA participants’ infants). At Wharton, I felt like an old geezer next to these cheery-faced (acne-faced?) freshmen. I hope the pictures convey the sense of carefree youthful exuberance that you feel on campus at Penn.

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