By Mandy Su
When I returned to B-school this year, a realization that the next few months will come and go faster than we can imagine slowly set in. Given how fast our first year of MBA went, I wanted to make the most of this year by breaking outside of the D-bar bubble and take part in activities I have never experienced before.
Wine and Canvas was something I had always wanted to do and a few other ladies had also expressed interest in it. This would provide a unique opportunity for the second year ladies to bond in a classy, cultural setting. After talking with a number of ladies, it was apparent that there was enough interest for us to host a private event.
Throughout the course of the two and half hour event, laughter and silence alternated throughout the room. Laughter as we made fun of our own artistic skills, and complete silence as we all concentrated to make the perfect stroke on the canvas. As we drank wine and painted, the ladies started to open up and share personal experiences that we never knew. For example, Kristin shared her story about how the number of continents is debatable depending on the part of the world you are in. This side story led to the personal quiz for naming all of the continents and a discussion about the perception of Americans in different parts of the world. Now how often would these types of discussions come up on a regular day?
Through this event, we were able to bond over our art skills, wine choices, and world views. But most importantly, our time together brought us closer and we are looking forward to a second Wine and Canvas night where we can take on the challenging Sample Gate portrait. B-school is all about networking and relationship building, what better way to do that than over wine and canvas?