21 Day International Challenge – Week 4 Michael

Michael MMichael McRae  from Team 6

Twas a fun journey

21 days doesn’t seem like a long time. And on the face of the competition, working with five completely random people was a bit unsettling at first. But the three weeks turned out to be one heck of a ride!

I spent more time with the 5 people in 21 days than I did with my friends. I spent more money on coffee than I did on takeaways. I put more work into this business proposal than any other class work this term. And would I take any of it back? No sir.

Our journey finished on Monday. All six teams presented in front of six judges in a 15 minute pitch to get their ideas across. Three were selected to present tonight – we, unfortunately, were not one of them. Although we thought we nailed both our business proposal and our pitch, we didn’t quite cut the mustard.

Rocking up on Monday to hear the other teams, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but there was an insanely high standard! When you think about it: five academics, competitive environment, different skills – it’s a recipe for a creative cauldron of concepts and ideas. And there were incredibly diverse solutions, which surprised me given the $5,000 budget.

But as the competition comes to a close tonight, it has been a good time to reflect on the challenge. Before this month I had never put together a business proposal – and I sure didn’t think I would be doing one for a Filipino village anytime soon. But it’s a challenge I put to everyone.. if this competition comes up again, dive head. Go head first and embrace another culture. It’s a crazy but rewarding three weeks!

McRae over and out

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It’s nearing that time of year…a week of lectures to go for semester one and then it’s study week.

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What’s the haps?! 1st-7th June

Monday 1st:

Thursday 4th:

  • Rhodes Scholarship Information Seminar: Undercroft 101 Seminar Room 6.00-7.00pm.  The Rhodes Scholarship Information Evening is for UC and Lincoln University students intending to pursue Postgraduate studies at Oxford University, who may be interested in finding out more about the Rhodes Scholarship and the application process
  • First Thursdays: Paper, Scissors, Rock ‘n’ Roll: 5-9 in Sydenham. This event only takes place three times a year- so don’t miss out! The evening which include: art, music, night markets, gallery events, performances and exhibitions! There will be free buses to transport people around the 4 main areas, but everything is also within walking distance.