As a master’s student at Fuqua, I experienced a transformative journey that pushed me to explore new horizons, break free from conventional thinking, and form meaningful connections with diverse groups of individuals. Part of this was coming to appreciate the profound impact of social events on our student community. Here’s a look back at some of the gatherings—organized by both students and program staff—that played a vital role in bringing us closer together, fostering lasting bonds, and creating unforgettable memories to cherish.
After the first few days of orientation, we got to participate in some awesome team-building activities. And let me tell you, one of the absolute highlights was the trip to Triangle Training. Picture this: we were divided into groups and whisked away to the enchanting woods. The very thought of it sparks excitement, doesn’t it? And trust me, the reality exceeded all expectations! We had a ton of fun working together as a team to achieve a common goal. We did all sorts of activities that required us to cooperate and support one another. It was during this adventure that I made some amazing new friends and really got a feel for what true teamwork is all about. Honestly, it was one of the best activities we did, no doubt about it. I’ll always remember the laughs and the lessons we learned.
At Fuqua, our experiences went beyond team building. We also celebrated diverse cultures through events like Navratri and Chinese New Year. Navratri is a lively Hindu festival that lasts for nine nights, honoring the power of goddesses and symbolizing their victory over evil. Similarly, Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is a traditional holiday in China and other East Asian countries. These events at Fuqua allowed us to explore diverse cultures, try delicious food like dumplings and samosas, and immerse ourselves in the melodies of Bollywood and Chinese classical music. The MMS Fellows leadership team and other student organizers created an enriching environment where we could learn, connect, and revel in the beauty of different traditions.
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In addition to the captivating cultural events, the rich experiences at Fuqua extended to our social gatherings. The MMS fellows and the staff ensured that our time at Fuqua was not only academically enriching but also socially vibrant. We had so many fun events like Duke basketball watch parties and Campout for tickets, trampoline park nights, karaoke nights, and the famous Fuqua Fridays! And of course, the Spring and Winter Formals were always a hit.
At Formals, we had an opportunity to dress up, dance, and create some unforgettable memories that we will reminisce upon for years to come. It was a time when everyone came together in a relaxed environment, social barriers were broken down and friendships deepened under the glittering lights of celebration. Those events were absolute blasts, bringing us all closer together. I’ll never forget those nights!
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