Exactly three months later, I was on the Singapore bound Qantas airways flight. My time on exchange had been both an experience and an adventure. An experience in terms of what happened within MBS and an adventure in terms of what happened outside the school. As I recollected those memories, filled with satisfaction, this time I fell asleep.
MBS was a great learning experience for me. I interacted with people from across the world and across age groups. Latin Americans to Europeans to Australians to Asians. I even met Tuffy, a forex trader from Zimbabwe who gave me a detailed picture of the state of Zimbabwe. The lecturers were highly enterprising and the lectures were both hands-on and thought-provoking. The highlight was Mr. Mark Ritson who redefined my perceptions of Marketing and Brand Management. The Career Services was kind enough to allow me to attend the company pre-placement talks. I met with recruiters from some of the best firms in the world (Mckinsey, BCG, Bain, Blackstone…). These events were always accompanied by wine and beer which helped enhance the “spirit” of the networking sessions.
Everything outside MBS was a great adventure. The highlight of the MBS social calendar was the Latino party. The energy present in the Latin dance forms amazed me. During my time in Australia, I travelled extensively from Melbourne to Sydney to the Gold Coast. There were two magical sights which I can never forget. One was sitting in the majestic main concert hall of the Opera House and watching the rendering of Didgeridoo (an Australian aboriginal instrument) Meets Orchestra. The second was watching 8 beautiful rock formations across the Pacific Ocean which our tour guide described as, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Twelve Apostles, all 8 of them!” My travels were also blessed with a touch of Australian Cuisine, defined by the Barbecue dinner. Being a vegetarian, I had to resort to Vegetarian Sausages (which were awful!) while my friends savored meat of all shapes and forms.
The spirit of Australia and Australians can be best summarized by the phrase I heard most often during my stay there. It was also the last phrase I heard from the cabin crew when I left the aircraft, having thanked them for their wonderful service.
“No Worries, Mate!”
MBA Class of 2009