Olin's 'Disorientation:' Baseball, Bars, and a Barn Dance

Olin's 'Disorientation:' Baseball, Bars, and a Barn Dance
Nearly every MBA program opens with an orientation. Washington University's ends with "Disorientation" (Photograph by Nick Fung)
Photograph by Nick Fung

At the start of nearly every MBA program, new students take part in a multiday orientation that includes team-building activities, a tour of the B-school, a few social events, and maybe a personality test or two.

Washington University’s Olin Business School in St. Louis is no different. It offers a two-week orientation for new students called Gateway Olin, or simply GO! What is unique about Olin is that it ends the two-year, full-time MBA experience with a weeklong event called Disorientation that occurs between the end of finals and graduation.

The week of events, planned by first-year Olin MBAs, cater to the second-year students who are set to graduate as a last hurrah, of sorts—a chance to spend time with their classmates without the stress of classes or exams getting in the way.

This year’s list of events included a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, a float trip followed by a visit to a winery, a whiskey tour and tasting, a bar crawl, and a barn dance, pictured above. Jokes Joe Fox, associate dean and director of MBA programs at Olin: “We are always very proud to claim that all of our graduates have been totally disoriented by the time they finish here.”

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