peers celebrate wedding while expanding global perspectives
formal opportunities exist at Kellogg to develop the insights
necessary to succeed in the global business market. But the
student body's diversity also allows for valuable experiences
outside the classroom too.
was the case at the wedding of Paras Jain '08 and his
fiancée, Neha, a traditional Indian ceremony held in the Chicago
area April 7.
60 people from Kellogg attended, including many of Paras'
classmates and Kellogg School Dean Dipak C. Jain (no
relation to Paras) and family.
and faculty had a chance to celebrate and witness the symbolism
and rituals that came with the exchange of our wedding vows,"
Paras said. "The Indian wedding traditions were an entirely
new experience for most of the students who attended."
Jain said that the ceremony's authenticity was striking, reminding
him of weddings in his home country of India. Because of this,
the dean said that the wedding offered yet another chance
for Kellogg peers to learn from each other. "For our
students, we emphasize the importance of having a global perspective,"
he said. "This wedding was a wonderful opportunity for
members of the Kellogg community to gain insight into another
culture in a way that complements the management lessons we
elements included the Sangeet program, which celebrates through
music and dance the meeting of the bride and groom's families
the day before the wedding. A live Indian band performed,
accompanied by professional Indian dancers, and family members
prepared dances as well, including one choreographed by Paras
that included five Kellogg classmates.
Ostilly '08 participated in Paras' dance. "When I
agreed to perform, I didn't realize that my skills would be
put to the test in front of 200 people," he said. "But
we had a great time. This was a unique opportunity for me
to experience the beautiful traditions of a different culture."
Tina Chan '08 also attended and said the event let
her better appreciate diversity better. "The ceremony,
blessing rituals and family bond I saw were different in tradition
yet common in feelings and experiences that I think are inherent
in every culture."