Boy! Is time running away these days?
I mean it’s not that MBA course work + job hunt + GFMA + GA + thousand other things is like eating cake anyway, but it’s not enough for me, is it? No, I had to go and overload my course work and take up D&D2. Of course, now I can show off more in front of my classmates that I’m good with numbers and all, but reinforcing the geek image? Who really does that?
Thankfully there are things to be done here which help me not to concentrate on my nerd showcasing abilities and classmates who help/make/force (pick whatever makes you happy, I really want all 3 to happen) me to do those things..
So I thought I’ll write about one such activity, the Philanthropy Day and MS Word thinks I’ve spelled Philanthropy right this time (or maybe it’s just given up on me, I can’t blame it).
The person who deserves all the applause for arranging this event is Tracy Suits. She is awesome. Managed the whole thing like it was child’s play. Great Job Tracy! You Rock!
In this case however, it was more of she letting me be a part of it rather than making or forcing. I mean who wants someone talking about the MS Excel concatenate function in front of kindergartners right? I had to convince Tracy that I would do no such thing, even if they asked me to. They did not ask me to!!!
The basic idea was simple; I was to go along as a mentor/coordinator with a team of first years, who were to come up with puppet shows on two topics, “Not Breaking Promises” and “Not Complaining Unnecessarily”, design a stage and perform in front of school-kids (K-6).
The team was great too, full of ideas and really creative and fun to work with. It was confusing at first coz frankly it’s been a real long time since any of us were kids. We had no idea what would be interesting enough to hold their attention for 10 straight minutes. Seemed quite a task. But the team was good. It was nice to bring out the kid inside and try and be silly and funny. Nice to not worry about anything else and focus on the brightest color or the funniest voice and laugh like there’s not a care in the world.
So anyway, the team got started, came up with stories and characters and scripts (they used my mac to write it all down, I wasn’t completely useless) and then started working on the stage. I was taking pictures all this time. See below for pics.
Then the team was all ready and the Principal came in and the kids came in and it was strange. Bright, big curious eyes, mouths waiting to smile and laugh but not before their eyes and ears were treated to what they expected. Here again the team was awesome. The kids were laughing and jumping and clapping in no time.. They liked it. They loved it. The thank you notes we received later proved that. And man those were awesome thank you notes. To share a few of them:
Well in the end, it was a day well spent. A day I’ll remember. So yeah, sometimes, amidst all the MBA course work + job hunt + GFMA + GA + thousand other things, comes along a day like this as well. A day in the life of a second year MBA student at Tippie
See you soon.