Organising a trek and running it: One of the more rewarding experiences of my life.
I have always wanted to be in the commodities industry (where people source, transport and process large volumes of merchandise). This year I had the privilege of organising and attending the Commodities trek to Geneva, Switzerland.
At London Business School I had the great pleasure of joining the executive committee of the Commodities Club, which focused on an industry that I hardly had an opportunity to explore at the undergraduate level. I quickly realised that at LBS you can take on as much responsibility as you possibly want, and I decided – along with an MBA student – to head-up the annual trek for the Commodities Club which is the flagship event for the Club. The weeks of planning that followed were intense and took a great deal of work.
The trek itself was incredibly insightful we even managed to talk to the CEO of Louis Dreyfus Commodities, one of the leading agricultural trading companies in the world. Engaging with leading individuals in the commodity trading firms enabled us to better understand the challenges faced by these organisations in a way that can only be achieved through working at the firm, I took away a great deal from all of the meetings we had.
When we weren’t in meetings with traders and executives we explored Geneva and also connected with the Swiss LBS Alumni Club in a sensational bar overlooking the lake in Geneva. Everyone on the trek really bonded as we attempted to master the bus system in Geneva and ran from one end of the city to the other trying to see all the sites.
Overall, the whole experience was incredibly rewarding; I made many good friends and learnt a lot from our company visits. I would recommend that every student gets involved in some form of club activities at their time here, especially MiMs since we have a limited amount of time on this amazing campus.