Fun is an Important Part of Business School

Pre-Participation Bliss writes that today he is off to a week of skiing in the Alps. This is a great feeling – knowing that you are admitted to a great school (in this case, INSEAD), the weight of applications off of your chest, and it’s time for a little celebration. You might be happy to know that the celebration does not have to end when school begins. There are many, many opportunities for fun throughout the MBA program. I would argue that the fun is an important part of the MBA experience. This is where you can forge friendships, bond with classmates, informally discuss business ideas or exchange world views. Many business plans are born over dinner at the local pub. Much of the important networking happens after hours, so if you are off to earn your MBA, don’t lock yourself in the library for two years! Here is a look at some of the fun, social activities you will encounter at various business schools.

Kellogg’s Ski and Snowboard Club – Each year approximately 700 Kellogg students and significant others travel to a different ski resort for a week of skiing, boarding and fun.

Yale MBA Soccer Cup – The Yale Soccer Cup attracts soccer clubs from many of the top business schools in the world for a weekend of competition and fun, and is one of the largest business school sporting events in the nation.

The Wharton Follies – The members of Follies write and perform an original musical comedy that exposes the funny side of business school and corporate life.

UCLA Anderson Chalenge for Charity (C4C) – Eight West Coast business schools compete in the Challenge for Charity competition for the coveted Golden Briefcase. The competition is comprised of fundraising, volunteering, and the annual Sports Weekend held each April at Stanford University.

Ross at Michigan’s M-Treks – Outdoor adventure trips which take place in mid-August and introduce incoming students to the culture and team based environment at the Ross School of Business. Treks visit locations such as Alaska, Costa Rica, Iceland and China.

Georgetown Ultimate Four – The Georgetown Ultimate Four is a two-day basketball tournament involving students from top MBA programs. The tournament raises funds for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation.

Tuck Winter Carnival – From ski racing and snow sculptures to the famous Kneissl Cup, the Tuck Winter Carnival is one of the country’s premiere MBA events. Each year over 300 skiers and fans from 20 of the top business schools gather at Dartmouth for a weekend of competition and revelry.

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