It’s the final day of camp! All the students have made it this far. The only thing remaining is to present the final YFCD strategy to first the counsellors and in the evening to the guests of the graduation ceremony. The students had a few hours to perfect their presentation and then they were off. They had 8 minutes to present and then survive 2 minutes of questions from the counsellors. This was the last chance to score points in the simulation, so the morning was pretty hectic.
After the presentations were done it was time for a quick dress rehearsal of the ceremony and then an even quicker lunch. After lunch everyone rushed back to their rooms to spruce up and that they did. We soon had the entire campus looking like a fashion show. Beautiful dresses and elegant suits. The guests started arriving and the students gathered in the amphi A were the ceremony was to be held.
The ceremony started with a few words from Peter Zemsky and Adrian Johnson. After that the students presented their strategies to the parents and they were genuinely impressed and rightfully so! These strategies had been carefully crafted with the aid of the counsellors and INSEAD faculty. We also had some touching speeches from the students like Nicholas, Ana Clara and Dennis and a less serious speech from the super counsellors Brecht and Moritz. After this the students got handed their diplomas and finally it was time to throw the hat.
The night was finished with a cocktail party where the guests were treated to food and wine. Everyone settled down in the garden and enjoyed each-others company. They were laughs all around. As the evening went on the students had some heartfelt goodbyes and it was time to start heading to bed.
The summer@INSEAD experience, as all good things, was coming to an end but even if the camp ends, the friendships do not. Thank you everyone for making this experience as special as it was!