When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
Each February, approximately 650 MBA students from more than a dozen business schools across the country gather in Hanover to take a break from classes and recruiting and join Tuckies (students at the Tuck School of Business at DartmouthCollege) for the school’s Winter Carnival weekend. In 2013, aspiring MBAs from 15 business schools sent teams of 12–40 students to participate in the weekend events, which included a downhill ski race at nearby Whaleback Mountain, pond hockey, a human dogsled race and a hot-dog-eating contest—all geared toward socializing while also raising money for a selected nonprofit organization. Attendees also enjoyed a fashion show of ’80s skiwear and the 37th Annual Winter Carnival Concert, which featured a jazz ensemble. The costumes teams choose for the skiing competitions tend to be a highlight of the event. Past costumes, noted a first year with whom we spoke, have included “Hawaiian-themed clothing, business suits and even Speedos!” A Harvard Business School student who traveled the 130 miles to participate in the 2012 carnival observed in an article in his school’s newspaper, “We left the weekend with not only bellies full of free beer, but also a lot of great new friends and memories,” adding, “It is REALLY fun to hang out with other b-schools, and there should be more weekends that bring students across the country together.”
One second-year student described the Winter Carnival to mbaMission as one of the more anticipated events at Tuck: “It is a big social event, to embrace the winter. On Friday, there is a big party at Occom Pond, with hot chocolate; it’s very family friendly. On Friday night, they hold a dance party. The ski races are on Saturday, followed by another party… . It’s a cool way for other schools to come and experience the winter wonderland that is Tuck.”
A video about the 2011 Winter Carnival is available here.
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