Right after the last exam, we headed to the bar, and were greeted by a lovely ice sculpture shaped in the words “INSEAD” and “A1 A2” which are the names of the two sections in Singapore. You pour vodka on the ice and drink at one end of the sculpture. It was very impressive. And lots of free champagne, funded by our champagne fines. Our social reps did an amazing job!
At the bar, the Zero Coupon band gave what was perhaps its finale performance. I also “guest-starred” by playing one song, and was pleasantly surprised at receiving lots of cheers and praise from classmates. I am feeling the love!!! :) It was great to play in a band where there’s lots of spontaneous teamwork - especially in my case as I didn’t rehearse with them before that. It went well enough.
Our MBA Dean Jake Cohen even joined us at the bar for a while. Later, one classmate (who was a bit tipsy) saw our INSEAD Dean, Frank Brown, walking out of the back of the building and called after him, “Mr Brown!”. Frank Brown actually popped back to ask him what’s up… it was hilarious.
Another classmate barged into the P1 Business Foundations class and popped a bottle of champagne, welcoming the participants to INSEAD and probably stunning them. He later got dunked into the fish pond.
We left for dinner at Cicada and had a great time, then headed to Oosh! at Dempsey for drinks. Met RT after that for and we caught up over ice cream. It was a great night!
My tasks for the next few days:
Sort out INSEAD High-Tech club rebranding… Seems we may have to split up the Fonty and Singapore clubs if the direction is different. Have yet to hear back from Fonty and do a teleconference to sort things out. So we will miss the first round of club presentations to the new P1s and will aim for the second round. In the meantime, there are other new interesting clubs for you guys to check out. For those of you with media, telecoms and tech experience and interest, do save a bit of time for us, OK? ;-)
I am also in charge of putting together the Dash video, which I’ll work on during my holidays, so watch out for it!
Also, I will be going on two holidays: a cruise to Penang, then back home for Christmas, then to Dalat in Vietnam to play golf. Yesss….
My holiday reading will be a new book on Social Networking written by a professor and a senior research fellow at INSEAD. It’s called Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom. I am considering doing an independent project on social networks if it’s feasible and there aren’t other electives I want to take. Or at the least, getting in touch with the authors because it is an area of high interest to me, as many of you know.
Also, the job market is pretty tight and our Alums who graduated in the last difficult period (post-dotcom boom) have sent us advice via Career Services. Some say we should just go back to our old job/company and hang in there, gain more experience and then when times are better, move on to what we were planning to do. This is a bad time for aspiring career switchers. So we’re grouping ourselves according to experience, expertise and region and leveraging more on our networks there.
Oh well. We’ll see how things pan out. They can’t get much worse than they already are, or so I hope.