Carolina Moreno Droguett, Economist, Investigation Division, National Economic Prosecutor (Fiscalía Nacional Económica , FNE) of Chile
Had someone asked me a few years ago about my career goals for the future, I would have said: I would like a masters degree in economics from a prestigious foreign university and afterwards I would like to work for the Chilean Competition Agency. Today, both of my dreams are fulfilled and I owe it all directly or indirectly to TSE.
In 2010 I made up my mind to studying abroad and I did not want to wait anymore, so I applied to TSE. They admitted me for September 2010. My arrival in Toulouse was wonderful: there I had the opportunity of living in a country totally different from my own. It was an amazing experience. I really loved the city: so many nice places, coffee shops and boulangeries. I also had the pleasure of meeting new colleagues from around the world. The biggest challenge was balancing the charms of the city and the requirements of a very time consuming and demanding academic program. A roller-coaster is an appropriate metaphor for being enrolled at TSE: you cannot get off during the trip and the speed goes faster and faster until the end comes.
Our program was divided into quarters, in which the ten weeks of classes went by really fast. You did not have time to even realize when the exam period arrived. You had to take all the exams during the same week; when at last you had a little break, and at least you were able to “keep your head out of the water,” the next quarter had already started and soon the next exam period as well. I will never forget the facebook posts of my classmates during exam period: "TSE: Torture School of Economics", "Stockholm Syndrome", and other funny sentences trying to illustrate the hard times that we had studying.
Undoubtedly, a year in TSE is not a very easy one. However, despite the effort I really think that it is worth it. I cannot find the words to explain how wonderful is to be exposed to and work with teachers who are at the forefront of their subjects. Courses like Information Economics (micro 2) or Incentives and Regulations, and all the knowledge gained from them, are just amazing. TSE also gives you complementary skills such as learning to work under pressure, to prioritize and to focus effort towards one's comparative advantages (because it is impossible to do everything). What can I say about signaling when you are graduated from TSE? ... The opportunities