I’m coming home – literally this time!

This blog title might look a little familiar.  The first blog I wrote after joining the Mason family was called “I’m coming home.”  This time, however, I will not be speaking metaphorically of my return to William & Mary, but instead of my journey back to the States after my 6 week international recruitment trip.  My last blog brought you up to date on my travels through Bangkok, when I had 8 cities left.  As I write this blog, I am currently sitting in my hotel room in Pune, India which is the last stop on my trip.

 

My first time in India has been a particularly unique experience! I will start with the food! I am a fan of Nawab back in Williamsburg, but having authentic Indian food was incredible.  I had the pleasure of having colleagues as well as great alumni ambassadors who were able to offer great food suggestions (and many times order for me), which took the thinking out of my food options while I was here.  We were able to see different sites throughout Asia as well.  I was able to take a day trip to Pondicherry, see Gandhi beach and visit the city of Auroville.  Auroville is still a little mysterious to me, but I think that is part of the overall feel of the city. I also had a bow-tie session with my colleagues and some were able to get the hang of it.  The bow-ties were definitely a hit throughout the tour!

Of course, there was some work involved as well.  I was able to visit the site of Tata Consulting while I was in Bangalore and it was a really eye-opening experience.  It was amazing to see all that they are able to do and everything that Tata group does not only on the business side, but also how much they give back to the community and to charity.  Many of us came out of that meeting looking for an application to become a part of their company (don’t worry Amanda – I am not going anywhere). India is a place where the number of MBA candidates is so large that the events themselves can be a bit overwhelming.  I was lucky enough to have at least one of our Alumni Ambassadors with me who was able to really share what the Mason experience is all about.  Thanks so much to Kuntal, Harsh, Darshini, Mohit and Gaurav for your help in your respective cities.  I think there are some great candidates that have the ability to make a great impact on William & Mary and I hope they will follow through with applications and become the newest members of the Mason family.

It has been a long trip, but one that I would not trade for anything. I was able to see a lot of places I’ve never seen before, form bonds with great colleagues from around the world and meet some awesome MBA candidates.  Virginia, I will see you soon – 10:08 in Richmond to be exact and I can’t wait to see Interstate 64, Jamestown Road, Richmond Road and all my family and friends!

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Randy Tripp

Randy currently serves as the Associate Director of MBA Admission for the Mason School. After graduating from William & Mary with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology in 2005, Randy worked in the Undergraduate Admission Office at William & Mary for 5 years. After being away from W&M for a year and a half, he returned to the Mason School in May 2012 to serve in his current role.

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