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BC MBA Students Take a Break to Attend Tuck Winter Carnival

A blog post by Jacqueline Ouellet, BC MBA '16

BC MBA students in ski gear
The BC MBA Ski Team sporting American attire at the Tuck Winter Carnival

At some point during the MBA Program, you just need a break. That break came this past weekend in the form of the Tuck Winter Carnival (TWC). TWC is a ski and social weekend hosted by the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Business schools from around the country are invited to compete (outfitted with costumes) in downhill racing competitions. Boston College sent 16 people to Tuck for the weekend; we fielded a team of six competitive racers and six fun racers plus a cheer squad of four.

BC pond hockey team at Tuck Winter Carnival
The BC MBA pond hockey team was victorious at the Tuck Winter Carnival

Some of the guys drove up early on Friday to participate in the Pond Hockey games, ending the day undefeated while sporting vintage BC game-worn jerseys courtesy of the BC Men’s hockey team.

skiers eating hot dogs

Friday night consisted of an 80’s ski outfit auction (think neon onesies) to benefit charity, followed by an 80’s ski party at Whaleback Mountain. Saturday we headed off to Dartmouth Skiway for the races donning our USA costumes. While we didn’t take home any medals for skiing, we did win the award for best costumes against some pretty stiff competition. Teams dressed as sharks, fast food items, and one team dressed as all the Mario-kart characters. But, let’s get real: America’s hard to beat.

After the races, Dan got suckered into participating in the hot dog eating contest. He didn’t win, but he managed to stuff down four hot dogs in three minutes, repping BC and USA while doing it.

After the contest ended we headed back to the hotels for a final costume change before the racer banquet and closing ceremony party.

students celebrating at Tuck Winter Carnival

Four of us first-years lucky enough to get spots on the trip are already planning our costumes for next year. One of the best parts of the trip for me was getting to know some of the second-year and part-time MBA students better. Since classes don’t generally overlap much for first- and second-year students, it was a great opportunity to spend some time with peers who have already gone through the classes and internship search that us first-years are managing right now. While I’m fortunate enough to be involved in other activities that have allowed me to meet a lot of second-year students (Tech Trek, Product Team, 5k Planning Committee) there are always more opportunities to get out there and meet some new people. Huge thanks to Tuck for inviting us again this year, and I can’t wait until 2016.