Recently, I have got invitations to weddings in Amsterdam, Brazil, France and India. All of these turn out to mini reunions in a way since the peer group invited will usually be people who you were close with at INSEAD. Attending these weddings have their own pros and cons and are a good way to gauge how everyone is doing and what are the similarities in different people spread across the world. This is also an opportunity to know who you have kept in touch with. More on that later.
Out of the above wedding choices, I decided to attend only one of them – and the turnout was a good one of around 20 people, of which 4-5 I was very close to at INSEAD and have kept in touch since then. The others, I was probably meeting for the first time since graduation, and after talking to 3 of them, I had nailed down the answer to the standard questions of – what are you doing now and are you seeing someone?
After the 8th person, I realised that I just want to spend time with the people who I actually have kept in touch with and am updated on whats going on in their lives. For the 15 people, the standard was they either got married or are getting married soon, they are still in the same job/have just changed jobs or are sick of their jobs and will change soon (which they wont)
Everyone had a hint of sadness in them and there was lots of nostalgia about the times we spent at INSEAD. I recently came across this article by an INSEADer who graduated in 1995 – really liked it and therefore sharing – https://medium.com/@afalli/reflections-on-an-mba-20-years-afterwards-ec187d14dcae#.li0dn2pct