At the beginning of this 2nd year of mine in the program it was a bit upset about not seeing last year’s friends in Smeal who graduated some months ago. I was wondering if I could make friends easily with 1st years although I felt they were very sociable during the Visitation Weekend before summer. I decided not to keep raising questions but instead spend time on getting closer to them. On the first day of school I took advantage of the coffee break between the classes to talk with 1st years. After 30 minutes, I felt very happy because they were all so open with tight handshakes and friendly smiles.
That first impression encouraged me to reach out confidently to 1st years. So far whoever 1st years I talk with I always feel as if we were friends beforeJ. Both 2nd years and 1st years are together preparing for the Diwali event next weekend. This is very explicit proof of a friendship growing very fast between the 2 classes. I am sure that friendship will help us to not only help one another more but also together make unforgettable memories at Smeal:P.
-Phuong-Ahn Tran, MBA Class of 2012