BIG Week 2020

17 February 2020

We held our first BIG Week of the new decade with the usual mix of activities, information sessions and icebreaker events...

It's a new decade and, once again, we had the chance to welcome new students to our Kastanienbaum campus.

For our first BIG Week of 2020, we held an 'Icebreaker' theme, as the February sunshine started to appear above the mountains and the Winter chill began to thaw.

As ever, we provided the warmest of welcomes to our new arrivals, from the friendly greeting from an IMI staff member at the airport to the hearty BIG Breakfast served on the Monday morning to kick-start the week.

From that point onwards, things really started to pick up pace, with our new students finding out information about their programmes, meeting lecturers and staff members, attending hospitality-standard grooming workshops and even being given an introduction to the Swiss-German language and culture in our Swissness session.

With all that information to process, by the time Wednesday came around, we thought it would be a good idea to give them a bit of fresh air. So, armed with a list of questions and photo challenges, we sent them off into the city of Luzern to complete the BIG City Treasure Hunt. This is always a popular event with students and a great way for them to get to know their new home city whilst also having a lot of fun.

On Thursday, we wanted to check how much of the information received so far had actually been retained. Our BIG Quiz of the Week contained four rounds of tricky questions on IMI, Luzern, Switzerland and general travel and tourism topics – a good test of our new students' memories and teamwork skills.

To round the week off on Friday, we had a special apéro lunch and the final ‘Icebreaker’ activity where students took part in a speed (friendship) dating session where they had to rotate around the room and talk to their fellow new arrivals about a diverse range of fun topics.

As ever, the BIG Week was intense but also highly rewarding with our new intake immediately becoming familiar with what it means to be a part of the ‘IMI family’. A big thank you to our BIG Week Reps who ensured all the events ran smoothly as well as the staff who helped to organise and contribute to the week. It’s great to see these events go from strength-to-strength as we enter the second decade of BIG Weeks!

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