Brandeis International Business School

Orientation 2018: ‘The journey will be worth it’

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) welcomes more than 300 new students for fall 2018 semester

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Brandeis International Business School (IBS) students visit the iconic statue of Justice Louis Brandeis during a campus tour.

It didn’t take long for the newest members of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) community to feel right at home.

“This morning we were sitting in our assigned seats and now we’re sitting with our friends,” said Meenal Banga, MA ‘20 on the first day of orientation. “We’ve literally made new friends in four hours and that’s amazing.”

More than 300 incoming Brandeis IBS students from 29 countries attended this week’s orientation.

They toured campus, met with advisors and ate a barbecue lunch alongside their new professors. During a panel discussion with Leadership Fellows, they eagerly learned all they could about academic life at Brandeis — with a few local restaurant recommendations and tips for surviving their first New England winter mixed in.

Dean Kathryn Graddy reminded the students during her welcome remarks that the lessons they’ll learn at Brandeis IBS will last a lifetime.

“My message to you today is to follow your interests,” said Graddy. “That might not always lead you in a straight path. The journey will be worth it.”

Below are photo highlights from Orientation 2018.

New PhD students outside Brandeis IBS.

New PhD students hailing from China, Iran, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay pose outside the Sachar International Center.

A student holds a microphone during a panel discussion.

Sam Suri, MSF ‘18 of Slovakia answers a question during Tuesday’s student panel discussion.

A Leadership Fellow offers talks with new students.

Anmol Vasandani, MSF ‘18 of India offers advice to new Brandeis IBS students.

Leadership Fellows posing for a group photo.

Brandeis IBS Leadership Fellows pose for a group picture between orientation sessions.

A student studies in front of a laptop computer.

Madeline Adelman, Acc. MA ‘19 of the United States studies inside the Sachar International Center.

Students on a tour of Brandeis University.

After touring Brandeis IBS, Jonathan Kabeya, MSF ‘18 of France leads new students through Brandeis University’s Shapiro Campus Center.

Students pose for a group photo outside.

New and returning Brandeis IBS students gather before lunch on Tuesday.

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