Come One, Come All?
Posted by: MSC Admissions
By: Stephanie Smith, Class of 2010
It was Kathleen Galvin who said it best, “although I seem different, my feelings are the same.” Throughout the MSC several cliques have formed. While this is a natural process in large groups, it’s very important to stay mindful of everyone else. It’s amazing the fast and strong relationships you can build with people in the program, but it’s also worthwhile to keep expanding your network. I experienced this first hand a few weeks ago when someone asked if I was going to another girl’s party, my response: “I wasn’t invited…”, needless to say, this led to an awkward encounter. Certainly, it doesn’t upset me or anyone in the program when people form close friendships and spend time together, but feeling excluded purposefully is another thing.
The beauty of the MSC is that as non-competitive program everyone is encouraged to get to know each other. It is so easy to immediately find a common interest with your classmates but the rest is up to you. Truly, I have made some amazing friends and connections in the MSC that I hope will continue for years after graduation. While it would be impossible to stay up-to-date with everyone, the same tune keeps ringing in my head, “my feelings are the same.” The MSC has taught me a life-long lesson of mindfulness. I am now more conscious of other people’s perceptions and feelings over simple things, like walking to lunch. There is no reason anyone should ever sit alone or feel left out in the MSC or anywhere. It can be as simple as extending an invitation or asking how someone’s family is doing, but a little goes a long way.
Categorised as: Workplace Diversity and Inclusion