May 19, 2017

Student Experience, Bhavna Uttamchandani, MBA 2015-17 Batch

My rendezvous with Life - MBA Diary


Most of us have read the timeless poem “I have a rendezvous with death”  - by Alan Seeger;
“It may be he shall take my hand  
And lead me into his dark land  
And close my eyes and quench my breath—  
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death”
The beginning of the unforgettable MBA journey of my life had me with the feelings as depicted beautifully in the above stanza. Venturing into an unexplored journey with unknown fellows had taken my breathe but what attracted me more was the promise to explore and challenge my own limits. I was more than ready to quit my job and start this journey and finally it all started in 2015…
From business formal photo-shoots to restless nights to complete the tasks given by the seniors welcomed us to the IIT journey. Neck to neck deadline tasks, the gatherings, the discussions all of these activities introduced me with people from length and breadth of the country. Badminton, Squash, lush green playgrounds and a campus known for its own way of pushing you out of your comfort zone had set the stage for the upcoming exciting two years.
A unique transition one witnesses during the academic sessions is a horizontal system of ideas sharing not only from the professors but an equal reciprocation from the scholars. Every session was a transition within me from attending a monologue to participating in a dialogue. We often hear that theory classrooms do not make a difference in practicalities of life, but I am lucky to witness this hypothesis getting rejected when we got the opportunity to listen to faculties like Rahul Varman, Dr. Jayant Chatterjee who actually brought about a second transition from making their students strive for being person of significance than that of mere success
Mesmerizing PK Kelkar library encompasses in it lakhs of books which are beyond imagination, the flexibility to study any subject being taught in campus, learning foreign languages, working on live projects during course, are just some of the fascinating things that may not be required to get just an MBA degree but were definitely a stepping stone to gaining an altogether different experience of life.
It would be unfair not to mention about one of the most enthralling campuses in India. The feeling of riding bicycle besides beautiful peacocks, becoming habitual of their pihu sound, countless green trees laden with Gulmohar on either side of the roads, having your own Airstrip, are just a few of the perks one proudly enjoys being in IIT Kanpur. Being a foodie, New SAC became a place to enjoy delicious rolls, burgers or a domino’s pizza while enjoying a Sherlock series in Open Air Theater (OAT). Coffee lovers just cannot resist end up lending at the campus CCD daily on their way to library, or one must confess CCD becoming a library itself during exams…
They say that even if you do not play any sport or games or haven’t danced in your life, you’ll do all this in your MBA life here. I discovered myself dancing here, coordinating and managing events and finally falling in love with Snooker as a game.
This journey has materialized the popular conversation from Game of Thrones;
“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.”
All I have learned during the whole of this journey is about living the fears to convert them into your strength, wearing every fear of yours as an armor to bring the best out of you, to challenge the status quo, to come out of the fear of losing the job, to come out of failing an exam and to come out of treating yourself less than others and all this will boil down to a single point;
 “It will bring the men out of the boys and women out of the girls who will not fail the ultimate exam , the exam of life…”  
Bhavna Uttamchandani ( MBA | IIT Kanpur - 2015-17 )

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