Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the most important festival for Chinese people. We normally go home and celebrate with our families. It’s the first time in my life that I am away from home for the New Year. How should we celebrate it? There were several reasons why it was so important. First, China is an important part of the Smeal Community; second, it was a great chance to help our colleagues get to know China and the Chinese culture; third, it would also be a great opportunity for the Chinese students to give back to the Smeal Community. After coming back from Christmas break, the Chinese students gathered together to discuss a celebration plan which consisted of three parts: Exhibition, Performance, and Dinner. After we got the plan confirmed by 220 and MBAA officers, we divided our action plan and delegated responsibilities to three teams. Aphra was responsible for the Exhibition, John was responsible for the dinner, logistics and etc, and I was responsible for the performance and interactive games.
To be honest, I was worried at the very beginning because I personally don’t have any talent show experience and neither did my teammates. How can we work it out? We first figured out what we wanted to do – a presentation of the history of Chinese New Year and how people celebrate it, a video clip of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, performance of singing, dancing, Tai-chi, violin, interactive games and etc. I was really touched that all of my classmates were very enthusiastic about it, everybody was asking “KK, what can I do to help?” “KK, let me know when you need any help.” Amy first helped me to design the invitation letter and flyer, and everybody liked it. Lina was responsible for organizing the singing performance. She took initiatives and tried to get as many people involved as possible. We finally had three programs for singing – “What a beautiful flower”- girls group performance, “gong xi fa cai”- guys group singing, and Mike’s solo of a famous folk song-“wu su li jiang.” Amishi, a professional dancer, planned and performed a traditional Chinese dance for everybody. Yao, a second year MBA student, planned an Act and Guess game and she also performed a special instrumental solo on the violin. Chao and Johnathon planned to show our colleagues to the art of Tai-chi. Everybody was really excited!
The Chinese New Year was on February 7, 2008. It was a very busy season, and everybody had a lot of assignments, cases, team meetings and interviews. Take me for example, I had an interview with Dell in the morning, two projects in the afternoon, and also had to decorate the Atrium since the celebration festivities started at 6:30 pm. We decorated the Atrium with various traditional Chinese adornments, such as lanterns, paper cuttings, and couplets. The Business Building was filled with a Chinese festival atmosphere.
Then, the most exciting thing happened right before the Celebration started. I got a phone call from the Dell interviewer. I thought he wanted to come to the celebration, but surprisingly he announced good news of a summer internship offer from Dell. I was so excited! I didn’t expect to hear back from them so soon. I told him that was the best New Year’s gift I have ever had!
The celebration started at 6:30pm, and it went very well. The audience was impressed by our colleagues’ talent show. Chinese songs, dances, tai-chi, violin, interactive games, everything was very Chinese, but without boundary. Everybody had a good time and the evening ended by enjoying a feast of Chinese food.
Special thanks to Robin and Susan and the MBAA officers for their support!
Thanks to Dr. V, Craig, Ram, Will, Rachna, Mike, Rugi, Andrea, Carl, Ben and all attendees for their participation!
Thanks to Amy, Kat, Jamie, Joannie, Priyanka, Tarun, Sahil and everyone involved for your time and effort to practice!
Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Good luck and Good Fortune!)
MBA Class of 2009