Most of us aspire to be in a premier B school, to have a life at an IIM or preferably other top management colleges. I dreamt the same after my graduation and started working for it. But the journey was not that easy but yes, it’s worth sharing. As a working professional my job used to revolve around Sales & Marketing, and it made me travel a lot. Even weekends were occupied, but still, whatever time I got I gave it to my CAT preparations.

I was hell worried and nervous that I am not able to justify my efforts. Somebody has rightly said, “God helps those who help themselves”. Thus, what then became a disaster for the entire world gave me hope. Yes, I am referring to Covid. It was around in late March that nationwide lockdown was declared keeping in mind the rising covid cases in the country. It gave me an opportunity to stay at home and work towards my dreams. I promised myself to utilize this period to the fullest in achieving my dreams. After giving several low-scoring mocks and putting in all the hard work to improve them finally I was able to get a good percentile. And then when the results got declared that moment of joy and extreme happiness cannot be described in words. Finally, I made it one of the most prestigious B-Schools of our India also known as “IIM in North” – IIM Kashipur.

Cracking CAT with a good percentile and converting an IIM made me and my family proud of myself and a different level of satisfaction seeped inside me. But at that time, I did not know that it was just the beginning of phase two of the MBA life. Soon after the admission, the induction process started followed by the commencement of academic sessions. The induction process fully gave me an idea of how the roller coaster next two years is going to be. The group activities helped me to make new friends and get comfortable with them. Initially, all seemed hectic but slowly I was off a beautiful MBA journey and started enjoying the process.

If I talk about what has changed for me over the last few months in this MBA journey. It will be that now deadlines – are a more important part of my life and I have started learning to prioritize things. Now I know how to work under pressure, be smart and be competitive at the same time. Though I am still struggling to balance my sleep, social life, and grades -all three at the same time, but still, I can manage it. Also attending guest lectures, batch meets, the club meets, and interacting with peers and learning from them is a new ritual for me. It’s just the initial few months of my MBA journey and I am turning a little more conscious about myself and those dreams which I had before joining the college. I can surely say that the teaching pedagogy and the case study analysis approach have broadened my perspective of how to see the things happening in the real world, and how to approach and evaluate them. Still, it’s a long way for me. But yes, the start cannot be more beautiful than this getting into a dream Summer Internship placement. 

At last, I would like to tell you all that life at the IIM campus may be hectic, frenetic, tiring but it is never dull. You will face challenges, but you will learn to overcome those obstacles. That’s how you are groomed to be highly professional and organized in your life.

About the author

Shivam Shukla

He is an engineering graduate with account management experience and a proven record in the internet industry. Shivam is an expert at starting and growing businesses. He enjoys being the leader of teams and making new friends. Also a deft negotiator with a natural ability to forge bonds both inside and outside the company. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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