Sweating profusely, I pushed the door open to my new room. C-106, a spacious but bare room. After scanning it from corner to corner I thought to myself, “Finally I’m here!”. A myriad of feelings rushed through me. Excitement, enthusiasm, nervousness. I looked out the window at the hostel blocks and wondered, “But am I at the right place?”. I missed Bangalore. O Bangalore! It was my home!
Now, seven days later, I say with assurance that the answer for me is ‘Yes’. It has been a very exciting and packed week, where we, the students of the new batch of PGDM, have begun our foray into the corporate world. We have already been exposed to a lot of ideas by way of interesting case-studies, absolutely riveting guest lectures and engaging lecture sessions by the faculty.
For me, the one aspect of IMT that struck me from the very first day has been the open intellectual atmosphere that is nurtured here. The guest speakers have not only talked about a wide range topics such as leadership, marketing, corporate social responsibility, the triple bottom line etc., but also touched upon the grey areas and asked probing questions of the industry. The students too have exhibited multi-dimensional thinking by putting forward a variety of questions and opinions. These, I feel, are the ideal breeding grounds for new ideas and innovative thinking.
Secondly, I also observed that everything here is not only student driven, but also student centric. The whole institute vis-a-vis the infrastructure, the curriculum, the examination system, the committees and clubs, the rules and regulations etc., is set up to provide an atmosphere to maximize the learning of students. One can actually sense the synergy among seemingly disparate units of the institution. I cannot wait to delve further in this world.
Thirdly, the atmosphere all around is really charged up. I have interacted with people from various age groups, regions and backgrounds. It is a delight to be among such a mixed pool of talent. Things don’t come to a halt after the sessions. After coming back to hostel, everyone engages in some activity or the other. I have already been part of football and badminton matches, apart from group discussions on case-studies given to us.
This is not to say that there haven’t been difficulties. But largely, these have been “teething problems” related to settling in. I choose to look at the larger picture and know that that trumps everything else.
Yesterday evening, while having snacks at the mess, my friend asked me, “So what’s your plan now? Do you want to go out somewhere?” I replied, “No, I want to go home.” With a puzzled face he asked, “Are you going to your place in Dwarka right now?” “No, I meant back to the hostel”. I paused for a second, realized what I said and smiled.