By Talha Sheikh, Class of 2017
Having missed out on last year's On, Wisconsin weekend, I was excited to experience the activities this year and welcome the new students. The weekend from April 14-16 is an opportunity for new admits to explore the campus and learn more about the program as well as interact with current students. The weekend consists of an overall MBA program introduction to the new admits, a welcome reception, TAPS (Thursdays After Professional Studies), a career specialization discussion, a campus tour, and caps off with the magnificent spring ball.
The welcome reception gave current students like myself a great opportunity to mingle with the new admits and answer their questions. It was great to learn their past experiences and make them feel a part of the Wisconsin family. I met with A.C Nielsen Center admits and I must say I was impressed by their credentials. They were curious about the program and the career opportunities. I believe the new Nielsenite class is full of potential and they will make great marketing researchers, as has been the norm for the A.C Nielsen Center.
After our initial meeting, we attended the Arts showcase which was my favorite part of the weekend. Students put on amazing performances, from covering Adele and Alicia Keys to Irish step dancing, and instrumental versions of our very own Wisconsin Varsity song. One of our professors was the emcee for the night, which was the perfect way to showcase the fun-filled aspect of our program. The new admits showed a lot of enthusiasm and appreciation of the event and some were even lining up their performances for next year!
On Saturday, we attended the Spring Ball which was absolutely wonderful; from the elaborate dresses to the balloon bunches hanging from the ceiling, everything about the Spring Ball screamed Great Gatsby. I was impressed with the amount of work the GBA Board clearly put into this event. The photo booth was an especially nice touch to make sure everyone had photos in their amazing costumes. This Spring Ball will be tough to top next year! Overall it was one of the best experiences of our busy MBA lives and I look forward to meeting the new MBA class during orientation in the fall.
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