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.
Each year, Outward Bound School (OBS) provides NUS MBA students with a team-building rite-of-passage.
Talking of NUS- MBA traditions, here’s one of the earliest that every new batch encounters: The Outbound Singapore, commonly referred to as the OBS. It’s a 2 day team building program conducted by Outward Bound on the Pulau Ubin island of Singapore.
We started early Friday morning from College in pre-arranged buses and reached the Punggol beach. From there we were ferried to the Pulau ubin where upon reaching, we headed straight for food!
A Hawaiian bash? The NUS MBA Freshers Party 2008 was a fun-filled start to the new semester.
New place, new people, new teachers, new classmates, new food, new time zone…homesickness, loneliness and for a lot of people, new subjects as well…the seniors remembered their days well and knew what it was like at the start of the first semester. To make their juniors’ feel a bit more at home and give them their first official party at NUS, the seniors decided to host a Freshers’ evening for the MBA batch of 2010, another first from the ever innovative batch of 2009.
Chinese student Gao Xiang talks about celebrating the most important holiday in Chinese culture away from home.
Spring Festival, the first day of Jan on Lunar Calendar, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. In tradition, before new-year eve the young and the old all return home to celebrate lunar new-year with their folks. Ordinarily, the spectacular celebration can last for 15 days till lantern Festival.
For most of our Chinese students, it is the first time to be far away from home during new-year period. Rather than spend a peaceful new-year overseas, Chinese students decided to host a carnival and celebrate with international friends from MBA program. The organizing procedure involved much contribution from Chinese students and financial and technical assistance from supportive MBA office. On 2 Feb 2007, in Munchie Monkey Café, the unforgettable night started.
Holi celebrations at NUS are a colourful and joyous time — MBA student blogger Rohini reports.
My oldest memory of Holi dates back almost 19 years ago. The Delhi mornings had just started becoming warmer and I woke up without a reminder from my mother. I remember I used to long for this Indian festival of colors. As a child, my only objective was to be the most “colored” person at the end of our play. But somehow, after moving cities, this craze of mine died down and so did my excitement to play with colors. Barring a few years, I have hardly played Holi in the real sense over the past few years.