It was dark, late at night and I had just arrived in Pune. I was standing near the prepaid auto stand, searching the auto fare chart for a place called Hinjewadi, when my mother called me up and asked “Are you there yet?” I thought for a while marveling at the philosophical connotations of this simple question and replied “No Maa, I still have a long way to go“. We talked for a while before I hired an auto and set out for my journey.
I was looking at the places that went by pondering about what was in store for me as a student of MBA in Symbiosis now that I had successfully earned the right to study there. I was familiar with Symbiosis International University’s reputation for being one of the best places to study at and for being truly global in its perspective; and SCMHRD in particular for being student driven to the extent that it was one of the clinching factors that make SCMHRD one of the best B schools in India! The anticipation of being a part of such a legacy was so great that I could almost imagine myself at the centre of it. I could visualize a plethora of events, feel the sweat of hard work and the joy of accomplishment that they bring along.
I was recalling the time when I was seated in front of the interview panel, confident and bold at having scored well in SNAP and having done well in the tests that followed. I had answered one of their questions saying that as much as anything else, to me an MBA meant an experience to grow and improve.As these thoughts rallied one after the other in my mind, I realized that I had arrived at the gate of the university.
I have been told that MBA is an uphill journey, a roller coaster ride, with testing times int the face of immense difficulties but there is light at the end of the tunnel. SCMHRD makes sure that you find it provided you are willing to run towards it. After the wonderful induction ceremony, I already feel like a part of the family, the reason for which is a deliberate effort made by the teachers here to make us bond and socialize through an exciting outbound learning session. Later, during the days that followed we got to know more about each other and had lessons in team work through the group skit and the talent show. It felt great meeting so many wonderful people, talking to them, sharing experiences and in turn creating some new ones as well.
It has been over a fortnight now and I am already taking pride in being here. Where else would there be a symbiosis of nature and man as seamless as in our cozy chilled campus! From walking on our way to the academic block from D Hostel with cold breeze brushing our faces to marveling at the beauty of the campus in the evening drizzle, it’s hard not to fall in love with this place. When you have a grueling academic schedule, having the lap of nature to turn to for solace, can be a much-needed elixir. As someone has rightly put, a major part of learning occurs outside the classroom and coming here I can completely second that! Having met people from diverse backgrounds, studying different courses ranging from Marketing Management to Project execution I can say that there is a lot that we can teach each other, there are a million possibilities in which we can change each other’s lives.
In the second week of classes, I felt the schedules got tighter with so many opportunities lined up and so much to do. There were interviews for the prestigious councils, case studies, classroom assignments, competitions and much more to look forward to! In the words of a wise old man, every great journey starts with two small steps and every small step taken creates several directions to go. SCMHRD is a journey for me and I have already taken my first steps but reiterating my beliefs, there are still miles to go before I sleep.