...so begins the opening stanza to one of my current songs on repeat: Lil Wayne’s 6 Foot 7 Foot. Hearing that rhyme kick in as I cruised down State Street yesterday on a beautiful day, I started thinking about charisma. It’s such an intangible thing but you somehow know when it’s there.
Dictionary.com defines charisma as “a quality inherent in a thing which inspires great enthusiasm and devotion.” In this way, Ross has serious charisma. After seeing the energy and devotion to this school from the Ross community during Go Blue Rendezvous, it’s no wonder why I heard admits happily say “I just decided. I’m definitely coming to Ross.” so many times in the last few days. Some highlights:
- 2011 Map Video - when I first saw this, I got kinda emotional. First of all, who decided on this music? It's not even fair. It's like designed to pull on your heartstrings. Just seeing all my friends smiling and enjoying themselves all over the world makes me tear up. Okay, not that far, but seriously... the music combined with this video of all of us having the time of our lives... someone in the GBR office needs to go into marketing for Hallmark.
- Soojin singing "Livin on a Prayer" and "Sweet Child of Mine." Our fearless, pint-sized admissions director is the best. Where else do you see someone who holds the fate of so many prospectives' MBA dreams rockin' out like that?? Sorry guys, no video sadly. Even if I had it, she would probably tase me if she knew I put it up on my blog. You'll just have to take my word for it. She was awesome and a great representation of this school's charisma.
- Flash Mob! Decided to take part in this flash mob just to give the admits yet another reason to choose Ross. Look at us getting our groove on in the middle of the Winter Garden to impress the admits. There's nothing better than a bunch of future business leaders making fools of themselves to showcase how proud they are to represent their school.
All in all, GBR 2011 was awesome. I met a lot of great new admits who embody the Ross spirit and share that same charisma that is prevalent among everyone in this community. When I go out into the real world, I know that I'll be able to work with, lead, manage, and leave a good impression on others mainly because of my interactions within this school. That's charisma, folks.
To continue the lyrical theme, my good friend Jeff Ignacio, who rapped during the B-School Band’s performance summed up all of our sentiments when he re-worked Jay-Z’s rhymes, saying “if you're choosing another school I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but a good school ain't one.” Damn right.