When I wrote my article on campus life a couple of weeks ago, something stuck in my mind. I couldn’t shake the feeling that one of the best parts of the past school year was the people I met. From all around the world, with a myriad of different stories and lives. We come from different cultures, different countries, different backgrounds, different religions and different ways of understanding the world. But what we have in common, is a mind open to listening and trying to understand and to learn from others. So, for my next few articles I would like to give you a chance to get to know some more HEC fellow travelers. In order to make it more interesting and more in tune to this amazing culture that has welcomed us, I decided to use the famous Proust Questionnaire, with an HEC twist.
First is Elena Riccobon. Elena hails from Turin, she’s a big Juventus Fan, and has a Bachelor in International Economics and Management from Bocconi.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having no regrets.
What is your greatest fear?
Disappointing those closest to me.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Tenzing Norgay. He was the first Sherpa to reach the top of Everest, but no one remembers him. What he did in life was helping people not for glory but because he liked it.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Probably the fact that I have booked flights to visit my friends on a one/two day’s notice.
On what occasion do you lie?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Keeping long distance friendships.
What is your current state of mind?
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
I would come back exactly as myself.
What is your most treasured possession?
Where would you like to live?
Wherever life and those around me take me.
What is your favorite pastime?
Eating food that someone else cooked.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m an Introvert.
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your favorite writers?
Definitely J.K Rowling.
Who are your heroes in life?
I don’t really have heroes.
What is it that you most dislike?
People that talk behind your back.
What is your motto?
You are what you do and not what you say you do.
What do you like the most about HEC?
The fact that there are so many different people that there isn’t a typical HEC student.
What do you dislike the most about HEC?
The fact that it is over in ten days.
If you could change one thing about the past year, what would it be?
I would have talked to as many people as possible right from the start.
The past year in HEC, when were you happiest?
The trip to Lebanon
Which talent would have come most in hand at HEC?
Hmmm. Not really a talent, but a Time-turner from Harry Potter would have been amazing.
What was the highlight of the past year?
For sure all the wonderful people I met.