The definition of “hectic” has completely transformed for me during my MBA journey as nascent management professional. After only two days of entering my MBA, I observed that the number of phone calls I made to old friends had decreased. Surprisingly, I had so much on my plate, and telling my friends, I was “busy” after 5 minutes of discussion became my “go-to phrase” every day. I don’t think it’s even possible to explain the hectic nature of the first few months of an MBA program to someone who has never experienced such a chaotic existence here on the planet, especially when you go all out and dip your toes into everything you come across.

When speaking with an MBA student, the first thing you’ll hear is how busy they are. Yes, we have a lot on our plates; busy as bees, yes right. However, it isn’t all. Yes, we have group project timetables and do study for extended periods of time together, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t networking or getting to know one another.

That’s why you look to your MBA buddies for help; they’re in the same position as you. You spend most of your time with them. They grow to be your closest friends. For meals, you join them, you learn alongside them, they’re the ones you go to when your hectic day ends to seek that warmth and a home away from you. As a result, picking the right people to surround yourself with is key.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn.

I’ve always liked the concept of having “five friends.” You should be mindful of the “friends” with whom you will spend your MBA journey for a variety of reasons:

In graduate school, your friends educate you more than your professors. After all, you’re in graduate school, so the pressure to figure things out on your own is greater. Faculty members are responsible for assisting, stimulating, motivating, and evaluating students. Graduate students, on the other hand, do more of the legwork when it comes to learning than undergraduates. An MBA program allows you to develop lifelong friendships with classmates, faculty and staff, and even alumni. This form of social capital can be quite useful when you require future insights, recommendations, or help in dealing with opportunities and difficulties.

The most rewarding component of pursuing an MBA is having a big network of friends and the opportunity to learn from them. Now that we’re halfway through term 2, I’ve made some of my fondest memories with friends from all around India. IIM Kashipur has given me the impression that I have created long-lasting friendships, despite the fact that I still have a long way to go.

About the Author

Bhawna Malhotra

Bhawna is a budding Management Professional with a focus on Business Analytics. She likes to solve problems, and she is always on the lookout for opportunities to create an impact in whatever she takes up. She enjoys public speaking, engaging in recreational activities, and meeting new people. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

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