Goodbye, hello – let’s do this again! PART 1 – The Prelude
“I wonder who will be in my new global team.” This thought flitted across my mind as I packed my suitcase to attend the second global residency – held in Europe this time. As I pondered on this, I couldn’t help also reminiscing about my first global residency of the Global OneMBA Program, held in the United States about six months earlier. Back then I didn’t know what to expect, but now I was excited and anxious to see my current, global team members in person after speaking with them via Skype and telephone from September 2016 to March 2017. I also sensed that this residency would be vastly different from the first, mainly because after going through several projects together, most of the reservations had dissipated, and friendships and bonds were established.
Pre-Residency Social Events
Several classmates from Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) came up with the fantastic idea to organize social activities as a prelude to the European residency. These activities included: walking tours in The Hague and Amsterdam, dinner and a comedy show, canal cruise in Amsterdam, and visits to museums and art galleries in both cities.
Kudos to Peter Evers, Koen Pijnenburg, Elizabeth Becker Hoff, Jan Verdaasdonk and Matthijs Smeele for their effort to showcase these cities to the global cohorts! It was well organized and enjoyable, and served as a superb introduction to what would turn out to be a highly educational and fun-filled residency.
Walking tour in The Hague
I especially liked the tour of The Hague (home to the U.N’s International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court); the visit to the royal gallery Mauritshuis – where I posed next to Jan Vermeer’s famous painting, “Girl with a Pearl Earring; and the canal cruise in Amsterdam.
Our guide for The Hague walking tour was amazing, and eloquently shared the rich history of the city with us. My one regret is not being able to visit the building where The Hague Convention (1961) was signed because of lack of time.
The Amsterdam crew In the clog!