I also need to take a second to mention Natalie’s commencement speech which I left out of my previous blog post.
One person was selected from each of our 4 classes. They then had to present their speeches in front of the Dean and then the Dean selected the student who would share their speech at graduation. Well, all of us were pretty confident that Natalie would win because we’ve spent enough time with her in class over the past year to know how supremely talented she is, how well she presents to an audience and the depth at which she is able to understand people.
I won’t attempt to summarize the entire speech, but she captured a lot of our inside jokes and shared moments. Even though we were four different classes, she was able to weave our experiences together flawlessly. She then brought us all to tears when she asked 2 questions. The first was, “students, would you please raise your hand if you’ve received help from another student during this MBA”. The second question was, “students, would you please raise your hand if you’ve given help to another student during this MBA”. Well, as you might imagine, everyone had raised their hands. She talked about our purpose, not only as students and as future employees, but also as human beings. We are here to give help as much as we are here to receive help. She recounted a story about her undergraduate graduation when her parents gave her jumper cables as a gift. They weren’t just giving her jumper cables in case her car broke down. The jumper cables were for her to help others whose engine won’t start. And they served as a reminder that our duty is to help each other. That, in a nutshell, summarizes my entire experience at IE. So when people ask me, “what was your favorite thing about your MBA?”, I inevitably answer, “the people.”