Date: 8 October 2015, Thursday
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Paulaner Singapore Clarke Quay
Free-flow beer? Check. Delicious and authentic Bavarian fare? Check. Fantastic company? Check, check and check! The perennially popular Oktoberfest is back!
For many of the participants, Oktoberfest is one of the biggest events on the NUS Business School calendar and not one to be missed. Current MBA student Sanjay Satheesh certainly thought so. Despite having an exam the following day, he still made an effort to attend. “I decided to come anyways because I’m confident in my studies and this event is a great opportunity to network and gain valuable advice from the alumni,” he explained. Fellow students Pitchaya Sunthanakul or ‘Peach’ and Leslie Chua had similar agendas. “I’m looking forward to a fun night of networking and catching up with friends,” Leslie enthused.
Apart from networking, catching up with old friends and reminiscing about fond times were also part of the plan, particularly for our alumni members, as was the case for Shobhit Choubey (MBA 2012) who is a regular face at this event. Close friends and recent graduates, Sandeep Sharma (MBA-HEC 2015), Anu Meha (MBA-S3S 2014) and Mohit Khemani (MBA-HEC 2015) also regarded Oktoberfest as the perfect opportunity to celebrate together and reconnect with old classmates. They all agreed that it was good to give back and keep a community going after graduation. “We’ll definitely take part in future alumni events,” said Anu.
Koji Kobayashi, who recently completed his APEX-MBA English programme, quickly became a crowd favourite among the attendees once word got round that he was working at SK-II, and attaining the perfect skin was a common conversation starter. For Koji, the festivities provided a well-deserved break. “I just finished my EMBA in July so I’m here to relax and celebrate now that the stress is off,” he said.
Sean Bellamy McNulty, President of the Student Council 2015/2016 was pleased at the event turnout. Hailing from Canada, he chose to head to Singapore for his MBA and was determined to experience a holistic education. “I love being active in student events so I decided to run for the Student Council presidency,” he explained. His vice-president, Xiaolu Yang echoed similar sentiments. “It’s important to do more than just study,” she said. “Networking is an important element of a great MBA education.” Alumnus member Sudheer Shetty (UCLA-NUS EMBA 2014) agreed, having enjoyed interacting with a vast number of nationalities through his classmates during his course.
Come the end of the night, it was clear that the merry revellers had a great time judging by their happy faces. Oktoberfest is once again a resounding success. A great big thank you to everyone for coming down – we definitely could not have done it without you!