We made it! Year one of the MBA complete. And what a year it has been, not just for us, the MBA students, but for all those involved in the journey so far – staff, spouses and significant others. So what better way to celebrate than switching our usual post-work or weekend “study” clothes (hey, I wear those trakkies because they are comfortable!) for our best threads and sipping on a few lychee and rose martinis at a black tie ball?
On Saturday 23 November, our recently-formed MBA student association ‘eMBAssy’ (more on that later) hosted the inaugural University of Sydney Business School MBA end of year ball at The Establishment Ballroom. Over 70 guests from the MBA cohort and their partners, Business School staff and eMBA students were welcomed with cocktails, champagne and canapés to an evening full of fun, freedom (from the “uni guilt” that is) and a serious amount of photo booth time.
eMBAssy Treasurer and MC for the evening, Willis Gray reflected on the year that was, including many of the topics that my fellow students have written about in their blog posts. It was clear from both his address to the guests and the many conversations that took place throughout the night just how much we have experienced together in a relatively short period of time, how close we have become as a group and how much each of us has grown as a result.
All those realisations could only lead to one thing – a pumping dance floor! So after our entrees of pepper crusted beef carpaccio, gem cos, caper, quail egg and parmesan or salt and pepper soft shell crab, green papaya, mint, coriander, crisp shallots and palm sugar dressing were neatly finished and we’d wiped the plates clean of our roast rump of salt-grass lamb with sumac, thyme, Lebanese cous cous and tahini or our pan fried ocean trout with chermoula braised lentils and cucumber yoghurt mains, it was time to turn the music up and let our hair down in honour of a successful year of firsts for all involved.
eMBAssy is the University of Sydney Business School’s MBA student association. It was established by the students to provide unique representation outside the University’s formal committee and alumni. A caretaker executive team was formed, whose primary tasks were to set-up all required administrative, legal and financial structures for the association and to organise, promote and source funding for the ball (on the latter, a big thank you to Tiagra Investments, A&H Advisory and the Business School for their support). Now that these tasks are complete, it is time to look to the future. Elections will be held in early 2014 for official executive team members and these positions will be open to both the 2013 MBA cohort and the first intake of the 2014 MBA cohort.
To my fellow students, thank you for a wonderful year and for topping it all off with a great night. To my future fellow students, I am looking forward to meeting you and to sharing some the “hard” times together (both work and play!) And to both, I look forward to seeing you at our 2014 eMBAssy events – whether it be running for President at the election or sharing a casual drink to mark the beginning of term.