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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Learning & Fun

NUS MBA student talks about the NUS MBA Alumni Conference 2009, which provided insights about the prospects for the global economy in 2010.

As one of the first few to arrive at the Shaw Alumni House Auditorium for the 2009 Alumni conference, I signed up with the front desk personnel and got my registration confirmed. It was very obvious from the start that a lot of detailed planning and coordination had been employed to organize this conference. I saw some of my fellow MBA course mates from the organising committee ushering in the guests and ensuring that guests were registered promptly upon arrival. The Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) had indeed performed a top notch job in putting together this conference.

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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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Chinese New Year – Reliving Memories

 

NUS MBA student Gao Xiang relives the  moments from his second Chinese New Year festival with the MBA cohort at NUS.

Big orange & red crackers and golden fishes.. my second Chinese New Year in NUS started with a prosperous omen. I didn’t feel lonely, even thousands of miles away from home. Sharing the happiness of 2009 Chinese New Year with the MBA cohorts made me feel at home.

I was amazed by the exciting shows prepared by MBA and IMBA students. It was very refreshing to see a lot of overseas Chinese friends also participated in organizing the celebrations. Karla from Philippines, Esti from Indonesia, Claire from Singapore and Hnin from Myanmar: not only girls from China, but also from many other regions, all dressed in Chinese traditional costumes, making the celebration colorful and shining. Thanks for the excellent shows from many exchange students from Zhejiang University and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Their performance and versatility radiated the whole venue. Some beautiful song performances by members of my junior batch added to the ambience.

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Diwali- Prosperity & Goodluck

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Jaiman Shah reports on a memorable Festival of Lights celebration for Diwali in Singapore. 

After two regular annual events – International Day and Oktoberfest, it was Diwali which brought out the regional flavour in the NUS MBA program.

Diwali is the Indian festival of lights celebrated to mark the beginning of Hindu New Year. For Indians, it was a feeling of home away from home while for we introduced our culture to our batch mates. So much so that, Karla, our friend from Philippines, turned up in a red-n-black saree to celebrate Diwali in the authentic Indian style.

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