Welcome to your MBA year. There is a high level of energy as you get to know new classmates, transition into a new routine as a student, and settle into a new home. This month sets the tone for your year. It is important to formulate personal goals, to ensure you make the most of your experience in the programme. As a class, you decide on extracurricular activities which will shape your year, to be organised with a given budget provided by the University. Amongst these activities you must include a charity initiative. The year ahead is yours to be actively shaped. You will encounter a lot of reading and assignments in your Core Courses, which often needs to be completed over weekends. Companies will begin visiting campus regularly to present to the class in the evenings, followed by networking sessions and a light snack. Therefore you will find yourself based in St. Gallen with a full schedule. There is no easing into your MBA!