One of the most amazing things about business school is collaborating and learning with classmates from around the world. The 2016 Class at the Robert H. Smith School of Business has students from 14 different countries, a dynamic that makes the Smith experience incredibly rich. Throughout the school year, Smith hosts events to celebrate the different cultures of the student body.
One such celebration is Diwali Night, a social event that includes entertainment, food and dancing to celebrate Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival. Part of the event involves learning the story behind Diwali and sharing a meal together.
Then volunteers perform group dances, sing or play musical instruments for a large audience consisting of Smith students, faculty and staff. This year, I was fortunate enough to perform a Bollywood-inspired dance with five of my classmates. Practices occurred late at night after class and homework, but it was a fantastic bonding experience and cultural learning opportunity!