The school has been in full swing for around 2 months now and it feels as if the work load has been continuously increasing by every passing day. Last week the first term of the semester concluded, which was good in some ways as some courses would end, but it also meant final exams for some courses, mid semester exams for others and reviews and submissions of group projects that we had been procrastinating working on up until now when they were due.
I used to think that the second year of my MBA would be less challenging and would give me more time to engage in activities outside academics, and not to mention get the full 10 hours of sleep I was accustomed to before coming for the MBA. Well, I do agree that there is much less to read in the second year compared to first year, but somehow there is so much more to do now. It feels like you are always working on some assignment, group project or participating in some activity, and you’ve ended up with actually lesser time than in first year.
Anyways, so all this was supposed to end, at least temporarily, with the end of the term. The first years too had been going through their high, with all the mid-terms and finals in the same week. A break was what we all needed. Thankfully, it was Diwali – the Indian festival of lights, and the International MBA Club organized an event to celebrate it. The event was organized on Thursday, right after the day the exams ended for most people. The atrium where the event was organized was filled with the smell of incense sticks and awesome Indian food, and decorated with the traditional “diyas” and fancy “dupattas”. There was a happy hour, with hits from Bollywood playing in the background, followed by some song and dance performances.
One dance performance to the tune of Slumdog Millionaire’s – Jai Ho, was especially amazing, because except for one, all other performers were non Indians who adorned traditional Indian attire and put up an extraordinary show. Building up on the tempo from the performances, the audience jumped in and formed a group and tried some Indian dance moves, with a lead guiding them to the tune of the latest Hindi pop songs.
It really is amazing to see how an event can bring together people from such diverse cultures and backgrounds and make them participate and enjoy the sounds and sights of another culture. The energy and fun everyone had was visible in the way people were just doing their own thing even in smaller groups and all over the place, just relieving themselves of the pressure that had built up over the past few weeks. This sure was a perfect ending to a term before we move on to the next, starting today!!!