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May 01, 2008

Pre-MBA Globetrotting: 18 Cities in 15 Weeks

John Shoaf '10
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The day after completing my application to CBS, I purchased a world map and a box of thumbtacks and began charting my trip: a 15-week journey to some major cities around the world. I was hoping for the adventure of a lifetime.

At the MBA open house in late February I decided to recruit a few of my future classmates, and the idea of a pre-MBA trip caught on like wildfire. By the following day, a group of admitted students had gathered together to discuss how we could all coordinate our summer travel plans. That’s when we realized we had stumbled onto something big!

Within one week, a leadership team had emerged with each person leading a two-week section of the trip. By the end of the second week, most alumni chapters had volunteered to host a group of students in their cities.

The snowball kept getting bigger and pretty soon several organizations at CBS (including many student clubs, the Alumni Association and the Chazen Institute) joined our cause by providing networking opportunities and advice on how to make the most of our excursions abroad.

Today, nearly 1 out of 10 admitted students plan to participate and almost half of them have a significant leadership role. It’s evolved into a fast-paced and dynamic organization that exemplifies the modern way of doing business on a global scale.

So until August 7, a lot of us pre-MBAs will be on the road, traveling to the following cities: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Milan, Rome, Istanbul, Dubai, Mumbai, Delhi Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.

Our hope is that the trip will bring together students and alumni to share cultural and professional experiences, and that our visits with companies and organizations will provide us with a truly global perspective. We also hope to have a great time before school starts in the fall.

You can see the full itinerary and track the progress of our journey at our Web site www.cbsworldtour.com. You can also email me (jshoaf10@gsb.columbia.edu) if you would like to discuss anything in more detail.

And stay tuned for more Public Offering posts from us on the road.

Comments

by Nancy DeBroka, Admissions | May 01, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Have fun, and be safe! We look forward to seeing all of you in August.

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