With ORA students fully immersed in the SPII programme at Stanford, the diversity of students and strong friendships forming were showcased at the Multi-Cultural event (MCE) on Friday.
Friday 13th July
Friday was a day to celebrate at Stanford, with the MCE all set for the evening and students buzzing with excitement to perform their unique ideas. Before the festivities could begin, however, the students had two classes covering Leadership, Genetics, Visual Design thinking, Decision Science and Dadaism. The classes were fascinating and filled with useful tips on dealing with stress and pressure that the students believed would aid them in the future.
We learned all about dealing with stress in different situations, and new tools to help us perform better when there is pressure – Charles
A lesson with Bill on how creating rules can actually enhance creativity – Mariam
The excitement and nerves started to build as the final touches were put together for each of the student groups’ cultural shows. The AV equipment was ready, the stalls were looking fabulous and the 5 pioneers of the ORA/Stanford program were nervously waiting for their turn to present.
With the other groups having a firm identity and culture to showcase, Ali, Charles, Claudia, Mariam and Tim had to think outside the box to wow their audience. In a creative and innovative move, the group used flags to link together their individual cultures in an amazing display of unity.
The show was a roaring success! The united team impressed the audience with their presentation, as leaders from across the groups offered their commendation and appreciation. The flags were worn with pride and turned out to be a big hit with their fellow campers, who appreciated the cultural diversity. The MCE was an important turning point in the course, as it was clear that after spending an evening sharing stories, songs, and delicacies, that the group from 1047 had created long-lasting friendships. We are sure that there will be plenty of inclusive displays throughout the ORA/Stanford programme.