Fourth-year student Landon Konzen takes us through his life at IE University and all the new discoveries he’s made about work, life and himself here.
Landon Konzen is currently in the last year of his Bachelor in Behavior & Social Sciences at IE University. Driven by a need to connect with the communities he works with, Landon believes in the importance of gaining a deep understanding of human behavior, which is the focus of his studies.
Throughout his program, he’s been able to explore his interests in a supportive environment that offers a wealth of resources and opportunities. Landon is the president of the IE SDG Club—a community focused on environmental, social and governance issues. He has been able to build on his passion for social justice and sustainable development through various volunteering projects.
Landon also enjoys poetry, reading, writing and exploring the city on his skateboard. Right now, he’s working on his capstone project and hopes to turn into a documentary film next year. Overall, his experiences at IE University have allowed him to grow both personally and professionally and he is excited about the impact he can make on the world in the future.
Discovering IE University
When I arrived at IE University from my hometown in San Diego, I was immediately struck by the sense of community and the diverse group of students from all over the world. I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself—that was very exciting! As I walked into my first class at the university, I was eager to learn and ready to embrace new opportunities.
One of the things that I appreciate most about IE University is its emphasis on experiential learning. It’s not just about learning the theory; it’s about applying that theory to real-world problems. This approach has allowed me to engage in lots of different projects and initiatives that have helped me develop my skills and interests.
For example, as president of the IE SDG Club for the last year and a half, I’ve had the opportunity to work on various sustainability projects, such as organizing a clothing swap and a zero-waste challenge. These projects have not only helped me develop my leadership skills but have also allowed me to make a positive impact on the community and the environment.
Networking and connecting with top professionals
IE University has also given me the opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced academics and practitioners in their fields. I’ve been able to take courses taught by professors who have actually worked in the industry and gained real-world experience, which has thoroughly enriched my learning experience.
During my time at the university so far, I’ve also had valuable opportunities to network and connect with professionals in various fields. Through career events and guest speakers, I’ve been able to gain insights into different industries and learn about potential career paths. Additionally, the IE SDG Club regularly hosts talks with distinguished leaders from the United Nations—an initiative that has been the source of many valuable ideas. These connections not only helped me professionally but also accelerated my personal growth.
Building a new community was a top priority for me as I wanted to surround myself with individuals who shared my passions and could help me grow in my career. Making new friends and expanding my network also made me feel more at home in this new environment. I looked forward to the countless discussions, group projects and extracurricular activities that awaited me, all of which would help me build lifelong connections and create a sense of belonging in a new academic world.
Finding a footing in Madrid
In addition to my academic pursuits, I’ve also been able to explore my interests outside of the classroom. By immersing myself in different hobbies and activities, I was able to expand my skill set, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded people who shared my interests.
Back home, surfing was my favorite thing to do, but living in the city is really fun too. Madrid is a vibrant hub with a rich culture and history. I’ve enjoyed discovering its hidden gems and trying new foods. These days, I’m a big fan of skateboarding; maneuvering through the bustling city streets gives me an exhilarating and empowering feeling—almost like I’m growing new wings!
I’ve also had the opportunity to pursue my love for poetry and even expanded into spoken word. For me, reading plays a vital role in personal and professional growth. After all, to read is to write is to speak. Reading opens up a world of possibilities, helping us to explore new ideas and concepts while developing empathy for others. Whether fiction or non-fiction, everything we read exposes us to different ways of thinking and, in turn, broadens our minds. Through this interest, I’ve had the opportunity to perform at various open mic events in Madrid. It’s been a great way to connect with people and express myself creatively.
Looking toward the future
When I think of the future, I’m excited about the possibilities that lie ahead. I hope to use my education and experiences to make a positive impact on the world, whether it’s through documentary filmmaking, sustainability initiatives or other projects that catch my interest.
Overall, my time at IE University has been transformative. It’s given me the tools and experiences I need to pursue my passions and make a difference in the world. I’m grateful for my experience at IE University and I’m looking forward to seeing where this exciting journey will take me next.