All the images I had formed in my mind as an MBA candidate were about to become a reality. And then came an exciting moment in which formal e-introductions with seniors and peers began to circulate on the official WhatsApp and Facebook groups. My eagerness to share the learning experience with my friends increased as I became more acquainted with the outstanding profiles of many of my colleagues.
The journey here started with a 10-day long induction program. Being a fresher, this was my first experience of the world of case studies, presentations, and hours-long virtual meetings. Now when I am into my third term, and I look back to those hectic induction days I realize that the reason behind those long days was to prepare us for the actual challenge that we were going to encounter throughout our MBA journey.
The first term of business school is usually the hardest, as we become accustomed to lengthy and intense lecture sessions and deadline-bound projects. Students are also exposed to a critical component of B-school pedagogy, the case study, in which we learn not only about firm evolution strategies but also about managerial issues. When we looked at the world through the lens of management metrics, subjects like economics, marketing, and accounting began to fill our heads, and our vision of the world began to alter. The surprise quizzes necessitate prior preparation for each lesson. A manager is supposed to talk a lot, and the system of class participation marks reflects this. Group projects aid in the crystallization of specific concepts, such as Porter’s “five forces analysis” or the BCG matrix in the real world. The addition of lectures by famous people and domain experts is the icing on the cake.
Student-run bodies in various fields such as marketing, consulting, operations, and investments provide numerous possibilities to conduct and participate in various events that encourage us to apply what we study. Then there are cultural bodies, such as those for singing, dancing, and theatre, which play an important role in adding a parallel track to the academic work.