In anticipation of tomorrow’s many festivities, and the rigorous preparation hereof, this blog post will be short but sweet.
This morning the students were faced with yet another challenge as new owners of Maywood Cycles. Minutes before their interview with the BBC, they receive an email informing them that one of their workers has injured himself in the warehouse – some malfunction with the assembling machine ended up severing off several of his fingers… That’s right – yet another crisis…
They had mere minutes to prepare and were then sent off to the interview room, where they met with the reporter and were interrogated on how they’d decided to deal with the situation at hand. To make matters even more stressful, the interview was interrupted by a raging crowd of unhappy Maywood workers, who banged on the glass walls of the ‘recording studio’ and while shouting “Justice for Maywood!”.
Today was also the day of the Eurobike fair, which meant the students had to transform their break out rooms into colourful booths in which they’d pitch their bikes and ideas for the company to any potential buyers. It was as much about having bikes on display with cool facts in the background as it was about découpage, post-its, banners and mood-boards. I think it’s fair to say there was an arts n’ crafts ex-plo-si-on in the cubicles. I mean holy moly, it was everywhere: the tape, the coloured paper, the pens, the hearts, the stars, the stickers. Oh geez – the stickers. Don’t even get me started on those stickers…
Anyways, the point is that people got creative, maybe even a little too creative? Shout-out to the groups who had snacks and a tea-kettle on their table. Shout-out to the group who had made a bike version of tinder à la “find-out-which-bike-you-match-with” game. And the biggest (slightly narcissistic) shout-out of them all to the person who ran around campus with a scissor, chopping off semi-big branches from palm plants in an attempt to give her group’s booth some tropical vibes. If you haven’t guessed it yet – yes, alas, t’was I, the culprit – and I should hand myself over to the botanical security guard of INSEAD but I would like to say in my defence that:
a) my group was in strong need of some trendy decor and it did really brighten up the place
b) all branches were chosen based on the fact that they were looking a little yellow and droopy
c) I figured after such a long summer, the plants would generally be in need of a little snippy snippy
I would also just quickly like to thank Marie-Angélique for catching me in the act and not turning me in for my pretty plant theft. T’was much appreciated.
Continuing on from my not-to-be-counselled counselor activities – all the groups ended up putting a tremendous amount of effort in their projects and the end result of the fair was absolutely amazing. The presentations were precise, informative, inspirational and well-pitched. The fair was also a great opportunity for the students to prepare their presentation skills for tomorrow, when the strategy fair will take place in front of all the parents. I’m sure they appreciated the practice.
On tonight’s program is a little bit of karaoke. There are photos to come.