Guest Post: Social Outings that Solidify that Lasting Bond
Uchenna Akujuo '13
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 2:00pm

I am a current student and member of the Executive MBA Global Asia program at Columbia Business School. One of the greatest aspects of the program has been the informal out-of-class social events organized by students. We typically organize trips in conjunction with scheduled block weeks in each of the cities where classes are held.

Some of the more memorable trips include the one to Las Vegas, following a week at Columbia Business School and preceding the elective class scheduled at UC Berkeley (of course what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas). On our trip to Paris, members of our class traveled by rail (the Eurostar) to tour the city, experience Fashion Week, and de-stress after classes at London Business School. Our resident expert, and classmate, organized a night out at the legendary restaurant and club L’ Arc where we had the opportunity to rub shoulders with A-list super-models; well technically only those of us who are six feet tall could "rub shoulders". Rounding out our trip was a visit to Hangzhou, the most beautiful city in China, which included a water boat tour of the Xixi Wetland Park and a performance of Impression at the renowned West Lake.

In addition to the learning experiences, cultural immersions, and locations, these trips have facilitated the forging of strong bonds between members of the EMBA Global class. It has been incredible to witness the high percentage of students that make time to participate in each trip despite their hectic schedules. To me, this demonstrates recognition of the importance of networking and the commitment of the EMBA student body.  As we look toward graduation, plans are underway for trips to Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul, or Shanghai (Shanghai is an old time favorite)!

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