A Borderless Night: International day @ NUS

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Preeti Adhikary, an NUS MBA exchange student from Vancouver, shares her experience about International Day 2009.

Why do people come to Singapore on exchange? To travel, to learn about Asian cultures and to escape the cold are all logical answers. My reason is a bit personal and different. As an Asian who had spent many years in North America, I needed to reacquaint myself with Asia and Singapore seemed like the perfect location. However, charting unfamiliar territory is not always fun. Coming to a classroom full of strangers and sitting alone at lunch are not the experiences I had envisioned. After juggling mixed feelings and undergoing withdrawal symptoms, I finally decided to try to mingle and attend a social event. In hindsight, I realize this decision was the turning point of my exchange experience. As corny as it sounds, I feel at home at NUS now.

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Holi@NUS

While on an MBA exchange programme at NUS, University of South Carolina student Jenny Chen joined us in celebrating Holi, the Indian festival of colours.

I first heard about Holi in an email conversation from a Moore alumnus who had come on exchange to NUS the year before. She described it as a holiday that “involves powdered colors, water and tons of food and fun.” Even though it was exactly as she had described, it still did nothing to prepare me for what exactly was to happen.

The NUS MBA Student Council organized its own Holi celebration the Sunday before the actual holiday on the following Wednesday. Girls and guys dressed in Indian costumes greeted my sight as I walked towards the MBA Lounge. There was Indian music on two big speakers, and piles of colored powder on the floor. Soon after, I was approached by fellow Indian MBAs with various colored powders. “Happy Holi!” they greeted as they smeared the powder on my cheek.

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MBA Fried Noodles & Student Diversity

Visiting University of South Carolina student Adrian Rusu talks about student diversity, in the context of an NUS MBA-style barbeque organised by the MBA Student Council.

Typical Singapore evening, temperature between 25C and 29C, clear sky and relaxed Sunday evening feel; this is how the BBQ party started. Ten, fifteen, twenty-five and before we knew it, more than 40 people showed up. One could only try to count all the nationalities that were represented at the party, covering most Asian regions, part of Europe, but North and South America as well. This is the type of diversity that a visiting student finds at NUS.

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A totally new experience during Exchange

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Johnny Jetjirawat, an NUS MBA exchange student from the University of Southern California, shares his experience at International Day 2009.

International day was a very interesting event for me. I didn’t know what to expect at first. I didn’t even dress up because I thought it was going to be a small party with a few people in their national costumes. It is evident that I was so wrong.

It turned out to be a showcase party of our fellow students. I was impressed with the NUS students, being brave and courageous enough to go up on stage in front of hundreds to show their talents. Even many quiet students in my class were confident and expressive on the big stage. Bravo!!

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MBA Exchange Experience at NUS Business School

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Melanie Oschlies, on MBA exchange from the University of St Gallen, tells us about her experience in the NUS MBA programme.

NUS MBA Experience: 7 new friends from 7 nationalities

Staying 4 months in Singapore was a great experience for me. I got to know lot of interesting people from around the world in the NUS MBA Program – and we had great fun partying, travelling and working together. When I first arrived in Singapore I was warmly welcomed by my fellow flatmates and peers. Their open attitude allowed me to find good friends soon and there was always someone willing to help with any kind of problems… ya any kind.. right from which restaurant to go to, in all price ranges, to how to make the cheapest call back home to Germany 🙂

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