When I joined the IDEA League Challenge Programme, I thought I knew what to expect. A challenge, right? But the unprecedented nature of that challenge, bringing me across Europe to figure out something essential about myself, about my career and about my future – you can’t plan for that, you can only rise to the challenge and evolve.
If you were to ask me about my all-time, top-10 IDEA League experiences, I’d have to start with Como, Italy, where TU Delft organised a course with Politecnico di Milano. The plan: 40% personal development, 25% conflict management, 25% pitch training. The remaining ten per cent? Saying good morning to that beautiful azure lake. Dark espresso and deep conversations with fellow students about our future goals, some far away, some more short term, i.e. pizza or antipasti tonight?
Every journey stands out, each for its own reasons. At ETH Zürich, we got to focus on Switzerland’s energy policy, traveling by bus through the mountainous canton of Schwyz on our way to Siebnen. We were taken on a tour of the local nuclear power plant and the hydro power plant – both really peaked my interest. It was an exceptional opportunity to discuss the most vital questions of energy we face today, right where the important innovations occur.