This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting for. After 32 hours of caffeine, sweat, furious typing and mouse clicking with the occasional 4am dance party in between to help you keep your sanity. You have been preparing for months. The executives have been planning this week for a year. It all boils down to this moment. What are you? Nervous. You are nervous.
And you should be. You want it. You want to win.
You wake up before your alarm goes off because your body clock told you to. You iron your dress pants, straighten your tie, or slip on those heels and make your way over to Bronfman for the practice run. You take an extra-large coffee and a few bites from breakfast. The stress oozes out of you and your team. You all depend on each other. You all spent 32 hours locked in your case crack room. You all want your team to win.
And believe me when I say this, every university present at MMICC 2015 sent their best candidates. You are competing against some of the world’s finest business students. Your deck is ready, your outfit is on point, you smile just enough. And yet your entire fate rests in the hands of 12 judges, so no matter how hard you try, you’re wondering if your best is enough at all.
Round 1: the McKesson room judges spared no mercy with the teams. This made forecasting winners even more allusive.
Round 2: you power through, this is the home stretch.
Every single team walked out of their second presentation with a smile on their face. They had made it. Finally. They had made it.
The truth is, as soon as your presentation finishes, it’s no longer about you. The relief sets in. The stress releases your soul and the dark rainclouds over your head dissipate. It’s clear now; there is no more you. There is just us. MMICC doesn’t happen because of one person, it exists because of the collective efforts of the executives, ambassadors, volunteers, advisors, and participants. Unlike every other case competition out there, MMICC epitomizes their slogan, the world’s friendliest case competition, and brings this vision to life. You, now becomes a We. And we reflect on the past seven days of adventure, bonding and happiness that shaped our very existence. We, the MMICC of 2015, gracefully board the buses to La Toundra, where an exquisite evening of comradery is paired with an Argentinean red. We dine, smiling faces clad in red, grey, black and white; an ode to the MMICC spirit. We laugh and reflect on the last week, everything from the Opening Ceremonies, to the Big Adventure, and of course, Snow Tubing. We find that despite only having spent a week together, we have tapped into a network of likeminded individuals with ideas and cultures from around the world. We understand that we have been initiated into the newest generation of the MMICC family, 15 years strong.
Dinner has come to an end. The judges have deliberated, and they presented us with the following decision.
Third place: the Wharton School of the Business at the University of Pennsylvania
Second Place: Thammasat University
And the moment we have been waiting for:
First Place: CONGRATULATIONS, TEAM INTERNATIONAL!!!
And just like that, the week had come to a close. We relish the opportunity to spend this last night together. We know we gave our all; the participants fought to win, and the committee fought to give them one of the best weeks of their life. In the end, what you will remember most about MMICC is the friendships you made during that week, and how ultimately, you wouldn’t have made the memories you did without being surrounded by all of these phenomenal people.
Cheers to us, MMICC. 15 years young, with many, many more to go!
Written by Cheresa Lemaire (Team International’s Ambassador)