With the second half of the year well underway, it is time to recap what has been going on. The semester started in August with the Newcomer’s Camp, bringing in fresh faces in the form of Year 1 and Exchange students. The grand, wild opening of the year took place in the picturesque Latvian countryside at the Burtakas guesthouse.
Then, a week later, followed the Pub Tour. The unofficial SSE Rigan guided tour around Old Town is known for its ability to make friends, explore the city and get used to the nightlife.
Baptizing party and barbeque – the first proper party of the year – took place on the school’s premises on September 2. This year the intimidating baptizing itself was replaced by a friendly barbeque in the yard and drunk debates from the Debate Society. This event also marked the end of the initiation period for the new students and the welcome-back period for the old ones.
On September 8, a little after the organizations presented themselves to the young and eager year 1’s, the Student Association met up with the young ones to talk about what the SA is, what it does, how it does it, and many more things around the subject of the SA. After this event, the Student Association family grew, welcoming in the new junior associates, ready to start their own journeys and head into the future.
October 17-22 marked a very special period – our own Olympic games. This year SSE Riga went head to head with Riga Business School. SSE Rigans dominated volleyball, floorball and table football, while RBS turned out to be more powerful in swimming, football, table tennis and bridge. The grand finale happened on the basketball court where, in an intense last quarter of an already close game, RBS managed to get the lead and hold it until the very end. It was a pleasure for us all to go against such great adversaries.
Amidst all those sports, the Internship experience sharing saw Year 2 and Year 3 students sharing their stories about their summer work experience on October 19. Typical and not-so-typical, local or abroad – there was a wide variety of stories to choose from to satisfy all tastes.
As it has been a tradition for quite some years now, more than 250 SSE Rigans boarded the ferry to Stockholm for the annual Boat Trip on October 27. Featuring JeJoue’s karaoke competition, Debate Society’s drunk debate, the visit to the Stockholm School of Economics and a guided tour with their Student Association (SASSE) and an adventure of epic proportions, the trip has rightfully earned the saying “What happens on the ship, stays on the ship.”
The week after, on November 3, in preparation for the Homecoming weekend we put on our serious hats for Alumni Careers. The event featured four outstanding SSE Riga graduates who talked about their life after graduation, shared their experience and wisdom to shape the minds of future SSE Riga alumni.
At the end of that very week, the Homecoming party took place on the school’s premises to mark the 20 years since the first class graduated SSE Riga, as well as 20 years of the Alumni Association. This is perhaps the only time a year where you can see recent graduates, current students, alumni from more than a decade ago, the lecturers and even the potential students equally tearing up the dancefloor. It’s a spectacle to behold as it lets you experience the SSE Riga community in all of its glory.
On November 11, our school’s gamers came together for a low-key event called the Game night, which invited all the students to spend some time playing board or computer games and socializing.