I still remember the day when my flight touched the ground at Rajiv Gandhi International airport. It was May 28, 2011. I don’t remember the exact time but it was dark outside. I had mixed feelings in my mind. I was excited and scared at the same time. Excited because I was going to start a new journey of being in a B-school and scared because “I WAS GOING TO START A NEW JOURNEY OF BEING IN A B-SCHOOL”!!!!!
Let me tell you all one thing very honestly, when a student enters a college, the first thing he sees there is the infrastructure and very importantly “the hostel”. For me, being in IBS was a big relief. Coming from a college where I had to share my room with two other girls, getting a single sharing room at the same price was like getting an iPhone at the price of micro max. On top of that, WiFi enabled campus, two store libraries with almost all kinds of books, two canteens, two mess’, reading room and 68 acres huge campus away from the noise and pollution of city, were just like icing on the cake.
It will be wrong to say that the two years that I spent in IBS only changed my personality. What I am today is completely different from what I was two years back. A lot of credit for this goes to the teaching methodology at IBS. Being a shy girl from engineering background, usually sitting at the back corner bench of my classroom, the first two days at IBS were horrifying. As soon as the teacher entered the class I came to know that forty percent of total marks come from class participation. I still remember his words when he distributed marketing cases. “We are not here to spoon feed you. You are going to be future managers. Understand and analyze the case and then we will have class discussion”. What horrified me that time became a blessing in disguise for me. The case method not only improved my confidence, my communication skills but also made me understand the concepts in the practical scenario. Needless to say that reading the real life stories of failures and successes of big corporate houses actually improved my general awareness which helped me a lot during placement interviews.
One important lesson you can really learn in IBS is how to complete your work within a given deadline. Trust me this is very helpful for your future. Here in IBS if you are late at submitting, be prepared to get a “D” or “E”. At times it becomes frustrating but then we are preparing ourselves to be the future managers. This doesn’t mean that the faculties are not cooperative. They are always there to help you and give you right direction
One thing that I really liked about my college was its extracurricular activities. I mean it is not easy to find more than twenty clubs in one college. A club for marketing, finance, hr, debates, investments, gaming, movie, cultural activities, advertising, adventure and the list goes on. Working for my club actually gave me a snapshot of what my life would be in the corporate world, because I learnt how to work in a team, how to be a leader and of course how to do some healthy politics. You get to learn and enjoy at the same time. All India sports meet like Aaveg and cultural fest Trishna also gave me an opportunity to compete at national level.
I dint even realize when those two years in IBS passed. Now while writing this article it feels like it was yesterday only, when I used to attend college from nine to six, read and analyze cases for next day at evening along with my friends, attend my club meeting to discuss next day activities at 8, have dinner at 9:30, take a walk at 10 and finally come back to room and sleep by 12. Those were the best two years of my life and I thank IBS for making my life in a b-school such a memorable one.
Contributed By : Prachi Tewari, Batch 2013, IBS Hyderabad