Rara Ratri Ridzky, Indonesia
Full-Time MBA Class of 2020
Academic Roles, Achievements and Activities
In my 7 years career as a banker, I was awarded as best employee in 2014 (my company has around 70 thousands employees at that time). I was also recognized as High Potential Employee for five consecutive years (2012 – 2017) and managed to reach middle-level management position faster than the average track. In 2018, I was awarded with a full scholarship from my company to take MBA Program at ESADE.
1. Represent Indonesia in Gastrofest and win as favorite food/team in 2018. At the event, I made Indonesia’s traditional food called “nasi kuning” or yellow rice.
2. In less than 15 months of my MBA, I already travelled to more than 25 countries and more than 30 cities. Yes! Travelling is one of my passions! My goal is to reach at least 40 countries before finishing my MBA (*fingercrossed*).
What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?
As a proud Indonesian, I am used to living in diversity. Indonesia has significant cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity. Here, we treat diversity as part of the nation’s ideology. We have mutual respect and tolerance for everyone. I see diversity as an opportunity to discover different perspectives, which can broaden my way of thinking and promote respect for others. I believe every person is unique and we are born into this world with each specific role and purpose. That’s why, in my short MBA time, I always try to do something simple but meaningful to bring happiness and create the best memories for my friends at ESADE, so that they will always remember me.
I have two biggest passions in life: cooking and traveling. I am a big believer in “food bring you happiness”. Therefore, when I have free time, I like to cook Indonesian food and invite my friends to come and eat together at my house. I use this opportunity not only to introduce the richness of Indonesia’s culture and food but also to be able to listen to their stories from all over the world so that I can learn their culture and their perspective. It also gave me the opportunity to meet, interact and cook with friends from other sections and get to know them beyond academic activities. From this small activity, I can really feel the beauty of diversity at ESADE.
I also like to travel in my free time. I like to explore new places, meet new people, and taste new foods. Travelling makes me realize that the world is so big and reminds me that there are lots of things to learn and experience, therefore we must keep challenging ourselves to move from our comfort zone. I like to share my travel journey with my friends through my social media, not to brag about myself but to share with them the experience. After travel, I also like to share the story with my friends, give them suggestions and motivation to explore more.
Maybe these two things that I do in my MBA are not something special and impactful. But I hope that these simple things, although maybe invisible for some people, can bring in essentially meaningful flavors and colors to the lives of my friends around me. And eventually, these activities will create memories that will enable my friends to always remember me as a nice friend from Indonesia who always shares happiness through food and travel.