Chinese New Year-Shruthi

I am Shruthi Srivatsan and I am a first-year student in the Master of Science in Supply Chain Management Program. Over the course of this semester, I have had many opportunities to socialize with students from different master’s program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. One recent event was the Chinese New Year that was hosted by the Smith MS Association. There were a lot of positive takeaways from this event, as it was a social gathering and an opportunity to learn about a different culture. The Chinese New Year is a spring festival and is traditionally celebrated with families and friends. It symbolizes their first day of the New Lunar Year. During the event, they had a lot of fun activities that included painting, prizes and little red envelopes with chocolates in them.

The MS Association also provided dinner for all the students who attended, and we had a chance to watch Chinese entertainment and try painting and writing our names in Chinese. This event was after class and a relaxing way to wind down from a busy week of studying. There was time to meet new people from other masters programs, take pictures, and celebrate the new year with great friends. One of the many great things about Robert H. Smith School of Business is that they host events that celebrate many different holidays of various cultures, which allows everyone to feel at home and provides newcomers more perspective on other cultures around the world.

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