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MBAs Find Ways to Stay Social From a Distance

Varun Ramadurai, student
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What happens when highly motivated MBA students are forced to take an unplanned break from their program and go into isolation from their colleagues? Students in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management have found fun, interesting and valuable ways to make the most of physical distancing–by creating opportunities to engage with their professors and classmates online. “The communal experience at Johnson is one of the program’s most defining qualities,” said Varun Ramadurai, MBA ’21, Student Council co-chair. “With this outbreak causing us to go remote, we wanted students to feel like the Johnson community was still there for them.”

The council curated a list of digital activities allowing their peers to continue to connect and engage, and shared it in the new Daily Brew newsletter, a morning update email for Johnson students created during the pause in classes. Recognizing that the realities of the pandemic and isolation from friends and colleagues can take a toll on mental health, students are leading online fitness classes and meditation sessions, live yoga classes, cooking tutorials and discussions around mental health.

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Read the full story by Stephen D'Angelo, Cornell Chronicle