Getting Ready for Chazen Israel

Spring break is finally here!  I’m starting my first blog as official “social media guru” from a Turkish Airlines flight after spending a day and a half in Istanbul with two friends from my cluster, and am looking forward to meeting up with the Chazen Israel group in Tel Aviv.

After a busy spring semester so far, there is a lot to process.  As everyone at Columbia Business School knows at this point, we said farewell to a beloved classmate, DeShaun Maria Harris ‘14, last week after she passed away unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm.  This loss is a profound lesson for many of us to “live life to the fullest” that we would have preferred to be reminded of in a different way.  DeShaun was on my learning team, so I feel particularly privileged to have gotten to know her well and learn a significant amount from her in a short period of time.  Just a week earlier, we had caught up at length during happy hour, sharing our hopes and excitements for our campus involvements and summer internships.  As I’ve been going through the various stages of grief, it still hasn’t fully sunk in that she’s gone – I can just picture her face, her smile, the sound of her voice so vividly (and a wonderful trip that we took to New Orleans as a cluster, below) – but I’m just grateful to have had that time with her.

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DeShaun was also a blogger for the Chazen India trip in January, and she shared some beautiful stories and pictures about her experience HERE.  She certainly sets the bar high for me.

Anyway, the trip organizers, Guy Soreq and Tomer Goldberg, have put together a tremendous itinerary for the group, and here is some of what we have to look forward to in Israel:

  • Meeting the President of Israel, Shimon Peres
  • Meeting with Stanley Fisher, the Governor of Bank of Israel
  • Visiting several companies, including Teva, Pitango, Noble Energy, and Solar Edge
  • Socializing with recently admitted students and alumni
  • Visit to Hagolan Vineyards
  • Hiking in the Golan Heights
  • Siteseeing in Jerusalem, around the Dead Sea, and in the West Bank

More to come soon!

Krista Sande-Kerback ’14

Follow me on Twitter: @kristasande

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