Ramona Ghica was born in Romania and moved to Italy as teenager. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a business developer for a management consulting firm before applying for an MBA at ESCP Europe
I have spent my whole life adapting to new cultures. That’s because I believe that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and I personally thrive in new and different situations. This is why I decided to study at ESCP Europe. The MBA allowed me to travel around Europe, learn about new cultures, grasp foreign languages and receive a world-class business education.
As a teenager, I moved from Romania to Italy, where I excelled academically and professionally. During my economics undergraduate degree, I jumped at the chance to study abroad on a student exchange in Barcelona and conduct research for my final thesis in Buenos Aires.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I started working in Milan at a management consulting firm which specialised in internal governance systems in the financial sector. However, I wanted to continue my education while exploring more of the world and decided to pursue a master’s degree in business management.
Working as a management consultant gave me endless networking opportunities and I learnt so much from my colleagues including the importance of national and international supervisors that oversee and regulate the conduct of financial institutions, helping the world avoid another financial crisis.
After four years of working as a management consultant I was ready for a new challenge. I needed a broader perspective of the world and I was looking for a top-tier university with international exposure. It was in that moment I discovered ESCP Europe, a truly international Business School that gives students the opportunity to complete an MBA in two countries.
I can honestly say that doing an MBA has been one of the best decisions of my life. ESCP Europe allowed me to live and study in both France and Spain. I love experiencing the different cultures and having over 30 nationalities in my cohort has allowed me improve my languages, appreciate people from different backgrounds and understand how they work professionally.
The programme itself is very intense, I have classes all day and I am required to complete projects and presentations in my own time. In addition to this, I have two consulting projects and specific courses focused on leadership, personal and professional development.
While I appreciate the chance to work in mixed groups with peers of different nationalities as well as academic and professional backgrounds, it was a challenge. I had to adapt to different people, however, after a couple of months, everything became easier and I noticed my improvement in leadership and the management of international relations.
I have met wonderful people from all over the world and genuinely feel lucky to spend 15 hours a day with them. However, one of the biggest challenges I have faced was being separated from these people after my first semester and moving to a new campus in a new country. I had to adapt to a different environment and fresh faces all over again. However, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
At the end of my second semester I took an elective class in Beirut, Lebanon. I wanted to learn more about the Middle East and knew the elective would give me a deeper knowledge of the area. During the same month, I attended the most important luxury business conference in the Middle East, which is held in Dubai.
The MBA at ESCP Europe is for people that want a challenge, to leave their comfort zone and to grow both professionally and personally. I now know how to be a team player and ask the right questions to get the best solution. But on top of this, I was exposed to the lifestyle of various cultures, being immersed in how different people work as well as play. I have new skills and, thanks to my peers, have a reinvigorated perspective on life. My advice to any new student at ESCP Europe would be to make the most of your experience, immerse yourself in new cultures and embrace this life changing opportunity.