International Day on the 20th of September was a time for the diverse MBA cohort to showcase their country’s distinct culture and heritage.
The first time I noticed the diversity of my MBA cohort was when I had my first Marketing meeting, the second time was during International Day. The event on the 20th of September was for everyone to showcase what their country was all about. The impending doom of the midterms didn’t stop all and sundry from attending the event. Continuing with the tradition every student came dressed up in their national attires.
The event kicked off with the team from China. We had the Chinese Opera followed by a rendition of a Chinese Love song. The attires and the voices were so beautiful and it was a breathtaking performance. I still remember a lunch I had more than a week before the event, with some of my Chinese peers, wherein they looked exhausted because they were practising for the International Day all morning. This dedication and commitment truly reflected in each of their performances.
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!!