He chose the MBS post-bac programme: Maxime Perez, High-Level Athlete, answers our questions
After a baccalaureate in sciences and an attempt at engineering school, Maxime found his path in the MBS Bachelor of International Business Administration programme, which he joined as a first-year. With our specific entrance exam process for High-Level Athletes, and the flexibility it affords them for training and competitions, for the last two years Maxime has been able to proceed with his studies while continuing the sport at which he excels: horse-riding.
When did your passion for horse-riding begin ?
I’ve been on horseback for as long as I can remember! I must have learned to ride before I learned to walk (laughter). Around ten years ago I wanted to go further with my passion, so I started doing jumping competitions. In 2012, I went pro, and two years ago, I joined the French team as a young rider.
How did you make the decision to study in a business school after your baccalaureate ?
At first I was trying to find my path, and I tried first year of engineering school. But it wasn’t for me. Eventually I went toward what inspire me: management, and leadership more specifically. When I found out that MBS had a post-baccalaureate programme, and that it was compatible with being a High-Level Athlete, I didn’t hesitate, especially since it is very well placed on the national and international rankings.
How do you manage to be as much involved in your studies as in your sport ?
All High-Level Athletes in the same situation will tell you it takes a lot of organisation. But above all it takes being passionate about what you’re doing. In the academic realm, it’s easy to tune out if you’re not interested in what you’re learning. But the MBS Bachelor is everything I imagined it would be: lots of practical cases and group projects, which really makes you want to give it your all to succeed. Outside of class, of course I spend every free moment in my stables and at my training. In other words, all morning and night, and all weekend !
What has MBS given you so far ?
MBS has of course let me continue my studies in management without having to miss training or important competitions, which wouldn’t have been the case elsewhere. The school lets me plan and manage my time according to my needs as an athlete. When I’m on the road, I can work remotely on an online platform and avoid getting behind.
What projects are you currently working on, and what do you think is next ?
Currently I’m on a one-year internship before doing my last year in the Bachelor programme. I’m working at the same time on two family projects this year: developing my stables, and founding a business incubator. Two completely different things, but which I’m really invested in! Of course, the goal is to carry out both these projects. In terms of riding, my objective is to be able to finance myself, and – why not? – compete in the 2024 Olympics! Even if it’s an enormous dream.
MBS has no doubt that Maxime will give himself the means to reach his goals. We thank him for this interview.