Sunday, November 23, 2014

So you think you've cracked it, don’t you? Got into a premier US B-school, so the hard part is surely over? Well, not exactly! In fact one of the first things they teach you here is that it’s going to get a lot tougher, so buckle up for a ride. It’s been barely a month since I landed in the US and it really does not feel out of place. While that is partly due to the fact that you hardly get any time to be homesick, mostly it is due to the amazing people you have around you. The staff, professors, alums and fellow students all chip-in to make you feel right at home. If you want that "personal touch" from your program, you have come to the right place.

Enough niceties, let’s get a sneak peek into the rigors. You have got tremendous professors teaching you some pretty interesting stuff and they expect you to be on your A-game. Time flies by in the classroom while you juggle a chance to win a Pepsi in class with giving an impromptu speech or break a sweat when you are cold-called to expound a case.

Afternoon arrives and it’s time to complete your individual or group assignments and prepare for next day. Somewhere in between you brush up your resume, research on your dream company, network with professionals over lunch, play foosball, join a fun club event, or go tailgating! Each day is different. Some Saturdays you just refresh your Facebook page or play football (or soccer, whatever) with friends while in others you have assignments galore. Google Calendar helps to make sense of the plethora of activities. As the leaves change their color, I can’t help but appreciate the variety and richness of the opportunities you get to reach your potential.    
Yes, sometimes it does feel and is, overwhelming, but that is the point, isn't it? To go beyond your comfort zone and find a whole new gear you never knew existed. And in this process you make new friends, discover cultures from all over, try new things (like rock climbing or kayaking!) and follow your passion.  It is nothing like you imagine. I have barely scratched the surface and if that is anything to go by, can’t wait to dive deep into the experience (and the snow!).

Photo of Trees in Fall and Deep Ghosh with Goldy

Yours truly with Goldie during happier times.