The word MBA resonates most often with academics and projects. But for me the two years into MBA were also endowed with activities, competitions, new learning, memories and a lifetime experience.
Even before we took a plunge into academics of the first semester, the committee formation process awaited us. I was selected as a member of the junior committee for IIT Kanpur MBA magazine-Avant Garde. Just 2 months into studies, I was selected in the IIT Kanpur Air Rifle Shooting team. This was my first tryst with shooting and it indeed turned out to be a beautiful one. I won 3 medals at district level- 2 bronze medals in men individual category and 1 silver medal in men team category over the 2 years of my MBA life. I was also the runner-up in the inter-hostel Sports Competition in this sport.
Juggling between sports and academics was not an easy task. The rigorous lectures, case studies and the project deadlines are just the academic part of your routine life. Then there are various quizzes and competitions that challenge your brain and provide you a platform to implement and showcase your learning. There have been times when I have stayed awake till 2 am completing some or the other task, getting 4-hours of sleep, waking up at 6 am to catch up with my shooting practice and then being on time to attend lectures. It was really hard to find time for practice along with academics. However this has taught me the very important lesson of time management in life. Also putting our heads together to solve numerous case studies helped me a lot to crack my job interview which was based on a complex case study.
Along with my summer internship in Nielsen, I got another opportunity to work on a project in Finance domain on Equity Research. There I learned the nuances of financially analyzing a sector and a company. This project provided immense scope for learning and also helped me getting shortlisted in several companies during placements.
I was one of the coordinators of the HR event-Regnant Populi in our annual MBA fest: Prabandhan. I also got an opportunity to showcase a bit of the acting talent in me through the Dramatics event in PG cultural fest- Impressions. I was also the manager for the dramatics event.
This year, I was selected for the 23-member Indian delegation to participate in student exchange program JENESYS (Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) -on theme: Economics, sub-theme: Energy -in Japan from 27th Feb to 7th Match 2017.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan promotes people-to-people exchanges between Japan and various nations of the Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean region. The Asian and Oceanian regional component of this exchange program is called JENESYS. It was a fantastic learning experience as I got the opportunity to witness Japanese economy, technology and culture and interacted with youths from other countries. The details of the visit can be found on the link. I enjoyed and learnt a lot by indulging in all these activities apart from academics and hopefully they will enable me to be a better working professional.