Me: “Excuse me….”
Stranger on the road: “Yes?”
Me: “Could you tell me the way to SCMHRD please?”
Stranger: Madam, you are standing in the “Hinjewadi” area, this entire lane is fraught with colleges of Symbiosis and SCMHRD is at the end of the road.
Me: “Okay, thank you so much Sir.”
Me: (thinking…I’ve really come to a college hub, students everywhere … life should be fun once again!)
This was the time a few months ago when I was rather green, or certainly a darker shade of green than I am now. The city welcomed me with pleasant rain, and all its clutter seemed to be refreshing. It was pure deja vu, coming to a place which welcomed me with open arms.
I had a dream of getting into a good B-school for quite some time. I had always imagined myself dressed to the nines in a business suit, holding my laptop, walking and conversing intelligently with business people. Further, after having appeared for entrance exams, one is still unsure as to where one will finally end up . With neck-to-neck competition everywhere and hurdles galore; those were the crucial days before the admission rigmarole when I was keeping my fingers crossed to get into a good college.
Well as life had it in store for me, I came to SCMHRD. The place wasn’t familiar to me, and moreover for an individual like me who stepped out of the 4 walls of her comfort zone to live in a hostel, the entire experience was new to me.
I remember being extremely excited. The destination filled me with curiosity and awe since I thought the Tatas, Mahindras, Ambanis etc. were always on the lookout for MBAs, the league of which I’d be joining soon enough. The entire batch was unfamiliar, seniors were unfamiliar too but they were more than willing to lend a helping hand. There were a hundred faces in the crowd but I still felt alone. Very soon I realized that it wasn’t a unique feeling. Everyone around was on the lookout for a friendly face or hand or a smile which they could grab immediately and reciprocate to get some warmth and adjust in the new ambience.
My Mother’s words were playing on my mind. “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” The rest of the day went by in a haze, leaving me thankful about my feet on the ground and my head far away from wispy cirrus clouds but extremely doubtful about my present state of wakefulness.
I was lucky to get a bunch of smart people whom I love to call friends and have gradually grown fond of. After all, 90% of my time is spent with them. I was put up in the hostel, even better the rest of my days and nights would be spent in a family which I had chosen.
Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” It holds true as I look back at the few months that have flown by at SCMHRD. Standing in front of the crowded elevators(literally thanking the almighty if I get to enter in one of those when I am getting late for a lecture on the 5th floor!), trying to keep the attendance at 75% (that makes students a great strategist, considering it is mandatory at SCMHRD to have minimum 75% attendance in all subjects else grades are pulled down) and last but not the least, keeping the CGPA at a respectable level amidst intense competition and among all the peers who invariably make you feel ‘Do these nerds never sleep?‘.
One thing that SCMHRD ensures is always keeping you on your toes. There’s no time to sleep if you want to get ahead. The real concepts are learnt during the participation in various events, guest lectures and also the industry exposure that the college facilitates.
The versatility of the people joining the course from different streams makes it even more diverse. SCMHRD has provided us with the opportunity to hone our skills in a stimulating environment, where we deepen our knowledge, build our expertise and learn the skills we need to become an effective global leader.
I am looking forward to this two year journey at SCMHRD which will provide me with a plethora of opportunities for an all-round development of myself and become industry-ready. Looking forward to the very exciting and enriching years of learning that lie ahead of me.