Networking in a diverse world (NDW) is one of the major center-points many experiences at MIT. Every project and group work gives opportunities for spontaneous NDW as you work with new group colleagues. The best conversations happen while you negotiate, discuss, and wrestle with relentless group projects that take up many hours of your time in the evening before they are overdue. During those discussions, you take brakes to bond with your fellow smugglers <1> over dramatic and often memorable experiences individuals have had in their lives. NDW these days enriches and broadens your horizons by opening your mind to new wisdom and humor.
<1> Editor note: Smugglers is the nickname of MIT SCM candidates
When people come from around the world to learn at MIT, they bring stories from their home countries to share with everyone. The best part is the diversity of experiences, which often are impressive in magnitude and either very different, or similar, to your own. Sometimes, a long time can go by in conversations that are irrelevant to the assignment, but are very enriching and special in that they broaden your cultural horizons with customs you have never heard of before.
After a fulfilling quest at MIT with amazing peers who shared in the NDW experience, paths are now diverging and we will all go our separate ways. Nowhere else will so many cultures and backgrounds meet to NDW, but the global networks built by it will hopefully last a lifetime.