Has it been a week already? Time is just whizzing by, but I am SO NOT complaining! 🙂 Here then, is a round-up of all that we did during Kick-off week (13-17th Sept 2010).
The dress-code for Monday was business; so very business-like, I took out my lovely new black skirt from Park Avenue, my green top and my black jacket. The jacket, incidentally was bought from Deutschland itself a few years ago and has it stood the test of time! Some yoga, a glass of milk, a certain amount of hair-adjustments and Catwalk shoes-on-feet later, I was ready to go!
And go I did; the orientation from the day-before helped and I was there at 8.45 a.m. We were all warmly welcomed into the fold, so to say by our Academic Director Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuester & the Mannheim Full- Time MBA Team. We wore our name-tags and found our places in the ‘MBS Lecture Hall’. Now, The University of Mannheim and Mannheim Business School are run out of the ‘Schloss’; i,e. the Castle of Mannheim, which also has the unique distinction of being the 2nd largest baroque castle in the world. As I type this, I realize I don’t quite know what ‘Baroque’ means… So here it is, courtesy our friends Page et Brinn! ‘The term baroque can be applied to an artistic style from the early 18th century. It is usually art or decor that is very ornate or ostentatious with contrasting objects. Sort of an overkill on decorating ideas.’
We are a class of 58, and all 58 of us were in our respective seats a little before 9. I guess, the German efficiency rubbed off on us a little bit 🙂 The day began with an introduction to the program by our Academic Director. Around an hour and a half later, we spread out into the coffee-area; where I couldn’t wait to have my favorite ‘Heisse Schokoloade’ (hot Chocolate). Trust me, hot chocolate, like you find in Europe, cannot be found anywhere else in the world! We also introduced ourselves to one another and started the process of getting to know each other a bit better. Then we were taken around the campus and were shown the various facilities; the administration offices, the library, the MENSA (Cafeteria), etc.
Lunch was on the house, and we dug into open-face sandwiches and coffee. Oh wait, just before lunch, was the all-important ‘honor code signing ceremony’ and the address by our President. It was a nice thing to do; we basically promised to abide by the basic rules of life: courtesy, honesty, integrity and respect. Quite a profound way to start one of the most important journeys of life. We also had other presentations; career services, alumni, the student association, etc. and finally, a joint dinner at a local restaurant:- Tomate. Here, we continued to meet other classmates and get to know one another. The day ended for me at around 10 p.m… time well-spent indeed!
To sum it all up, in the words of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christian Homburg and Prof. Dr. Sabine Kuester, ‘The coming year is a window of opportunity, open it wide.’ I sure intend to.