Well, the exams are done! 6 days more and I'm an MBA degree holder. Of course, the results are yet to be released, but I'm hoping the school will pass me because I'm absolutely sure they've had enough of me for last year and a half! Having me around for another trimester will be too much for them to take! Though I'll technically be a student till the end of February next year, I'm done with all the course requirements and am therefore free to call myself an MBA.
So how has the ride been? Much better than I had hoped actually. I didn't quite know what to expect when I got here. I knew that my batch had much more experience than me, most came from middle management etc. I also thought I was going to be one of the youngest people in the batch. There was a little trepidation. Would I cope?
I guess the journey has been fabulous. I've met some remarkable people, made some great friends, and learnt a great deal about business. The MBA, according to me, is like a toolkit that one can use to counter a variety of business issues. Management is a mix of science and art, they say. We're done with the science bit and now its up to us to use it well. The art bit will come with practice and experience.
There were also some other great takeaways. I personally felt that I've picked up some soft skills that I didn't possess earlier and I've learned to appreciate foreign cultures and customs.
Hostel life ofcourse came as an added bonus. Cheers to that.
Right. Exams came to an end on Friday. So promptly we headed off to a local club called 'Double O' (wonder why they call it that?) and partied the night away with the guys. Most were fellow students who also had their last exam and so everyone was in the mood to really let their hair down!! We had an awesome time. The alcohol flowed non stop. Some of the seniors who showed up, sponsored a few rounds of tequila for the whole gang! (thanks Ashok and JD!) We left when the place closed at 3 a.m.
The boys look pretty happy ya?
That was Friday. On Saturday, we had a little get together with one of the most knowledgeable and good natured professors at NBS, Prof. Amit Das. We had taken a statistics course with him and all of us had formed a great bond with the affable Bengali. So all of us met up at a neighborhood foodcourt for dinner and a round of beer. Prof. Das has the ability to reach out to students in a way that I haven't witnessed before. He has that rare ability to converse with you at your level. He kept us regaled with humorous tales from his IIT and IIM days. There were no shortages of laughs and beers either. The night ended at 1.30 a.m.
The desi gang with Prof. Das(green shirt behind the beer bottles). Foodcourt festivities!
What can I say? Its been a great weekend!