Recently, Columbia Business School held its annual “Fall Ball” at New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. The hotel is a landmark for several reasons. First, historical prominence – it was constructed in 1907 and has appeared in movies such as Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Second, the hotel was the setting for the classic children’s book series Eloise. Third, a night in a suite there will cost you the equivalent of two months' New York rent. Yes, it’s nice.
My cluster began the night by meeting in a reserved space at Monkey Bar, which is a short walk from The Plaza. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up in a more intimate setting, and I chatted with friends about topics from classes to job offers to upcoming vacations. Mike just signed to return to his summer internship employer in consulting, while Dave – a JD/MBA – is weighing big-firm law against a job with a hedge fund. Matt is completing a school-year sales-and-trading internship. We’re all discussing a potential winter break in Southeast Asia.
At 10 p.m., as the doors were opening, groups from my cluster made the walk over to The Plaza. We were greeted with a line, but quickly moved through. The CBS VP of Events (an elected second-year student who organizes school-wide events) has been doing an excellent job this year.
Some Cluster G14 friends and I hang out before Fall Ball A view of the dance floor
After getting food and drinks, exploring, and posing with Cluster G for pictures taken by the official photographer, we traded our time between the dance floor and a quieter side room that was better for talking.
I think I forgot to mention the theme was “masquerade ball.”
All in all, it was a great night, and one that I will always associate with my CBS experience. Each year, the school holds a Fall Ball and a Spring Gala, and while I get together with my classmates often, these particular events always prove memorable. I’m certain you’ll enjoy them during your time here.