Coming 10,000 miles away from home, crossing 4 continents to be a part of one of the most coveted universities, what does one miss? Is it the home cooked food? Or is it the freedom from assignment? Well for most of us it is our loved ones, our family! Allerton trip made me feel I have left a family in India to be with another! It was the best welcome ever possible, for me, or for that matter, for any MSTM student who was starting school in a different country. We had come here with mixed feelings, but the calm and serene environment at Allerton brought peace to our minds. Together with its beauty and charm, it was a fun-filled place to spend our early days with our new course mates.
We reached Allerton around noon and were provided cottage accommodation. Soon we freshened up and were out in the open enjoying various sports like American football, basketball, soccer, Frisbee and so on. Piping hot and smoke grilled barbeques were on the menu today. We were divided into groups and every group had a helping task to complete for instance serving food, grilling etc. It was fun being in groups to complete our assigned tasks and spending good time with the team.
In the evening, the weather turned all the more beautiful. We went for a nice stroll around the calm lake, interacted with other MSTM folks, made new friends and struck conversations with so many people from so many different places.
A bonfire was organized at night and I must say, it was just mesmerizing! I still cherish that beautiful weather with a slight drizzle and a flaring bonfire! What a perfect combination it was! The ice was broken…. teammates danced to a few numbers and showcased their hidden talents. Oh and did I forget the s’mores? How delicious they were! Chocolate melting down the crackers and marshmallow being served, all added to the delight.
Past the bonfire, people were free to play indoor games, talk with their newly made friends, and spend time with each other. We played UNO (a card game) with Heather (our MSTM program administrator) and we had some real entertainment during the game. PS incoming MSTM-ers: Don’t play UNO with Heather, she is freakishly good!
The following morning, we woke up to team building activities – after all we were here for being future managers right? Group leads were assigned for completing different tasks like crossing a path with hurdles. We needed to strategize a robust team plan and then execute effectively. After camping, we had a small workshop on communication which not only gave us insights on refining our communication and interpersonal skills but also on how to use them effectively in business communication.
We came to Allerton with mixed emotions and so many unknown faces, and went back with friends and a broad smile on our faces. Allerton, you will be missed!