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The Class of 2011 graduation ceremony

9 Sep

The Class of 2011 graduation ceremony

This day, last year 🙂


When nostalgia strikes.

4 Sep

So today, I was trying to sort out my photo albums and came across tonnes of footage (if I may call it that) from the MBA year. That sent me down memory lane, nostalgically wishing for the amazing MBA days to come back.

This day, last year, most of us from the Class of 2011 were furiously trying to complete our Master thesis presentations. The luckier ones amongst us were already done and were lazing by the Rhein. However, all of us were having mixed feelings about the end of term in less than 5 days, 9th Sept 2011; excitement, anticipation, sheer joy.

Sure, I was looking forward to new beginnings post the MBA. But every once in a while, it would hit me ‘Dear Lord, the real world is only 5 days away!’ And I wasn’t yet completely prepared to bid farewell to my friends, to no longer plan sudden parties, to no longer have something new to learn every day, to no longer be a part of the vibrant, international, fun family, that is MBS.

So, I made up my mind that I would attend every single event possible post the MBA and make sure that I continue to annoy everyone even after the MBA, haha. And am I glad to say that I have managed to do so! I attended the homecoming in Nov 2011, the Spring reunion in April 2012 and the summer party in July 2012. I now look forward to the homecoming in November to reconnect with my friends and make new friends.

So here’s a word of advice; the best part of the MBA is the people you meet, the friends you make, the relationships you build. Make sure you get top grades in this area.


I’ve sure had the time of my life…

10 Sep

13.09.2010 – 58 of us trooped into the Castle; a mixture of excitement and anticipation looking forward to the MBA year.

09.09.2011 – 58 of us had our graduation ceremony at the very same Castle; a mixture of excitement and anticipation, this time looking forward to the countless doors that the year had opened up and the opportunities that awaited us beyond the walls of the castle. There was also this extra-something in the air; a very strong sense of accomplishment coupled with disbelief that the year had gone by so quickly.

In between, we’ve had the best time of our lives; with lots of learning, work, fun, meeting new people, making new friends, becoming a part of MBS, learning a lot about our own selves, moments of self-doubt and clarity and a strong sense of purpose.

The graduation ceremony on 9th Sept. was absolutely lovely and was really an amazing trip down memory lane. We couldn’t believe that we had achieved so much in just one year.  The dinner and after-party were simply out of the world; everything worked like clockwork, well almost; a little leeway has to be made for delirious graduates ;). Everything was as perfect as one could have imagined; the food, the music, the events hosted by the students, the awesome support of the MBS staff and Program Management and finally, the participation and support from the family and friends of us graduates.

I would like to thank all my classmates and friends from the Mannheim MBA Class of 2011, the Program Management, the Career Services , IT and Almuni teams, the professors and faculty from MBS and the visiting faculty, the exchange students from all over the world, the support services at the Mannheim University, the Mensa and the EO, the restaurants, bars and stores in Mannheim and finally my family and friends for their unshakable support, faith and confidence.

I wish that the incoming class of 2012 has an even more amazing time, though it’d be hard to top our year. 😉 Jokes apart, the Mannheim MBA is going from strength to strength and I am sure that the current and future cohorts will benefit tremendously from the Mannheim MBA experience. The 58 of us; we look forward to actively contributing to MBS as alumni and continuing to be a part of the MBS family.

Finally, I would like to end my final post on this blog with the lines from Green Day’s ‘Time of your life’, which is the song with which we will remember the year gone by:

It’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right

I hope you’ve had the time of your life.

We sure did!