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Are you ready for the B-School Joyride ? - Rahul Das, IIM Calcutta

Rahul Das is pursuing his MBA from IIM Calcutta and holds his BE in Electronics & Telecommunication from Jadavpur University. He aced CAT 2015 with a score of 99.94 percentile and scored 99.25 percentile in IIFT and converted IIM C, L, K, FMS, and IIFT. Rahul take interest in sports, theatre and dramatics.

We often make this mistake of considering  an admission to our dream B-school as an end in itself. But we must realize that it is only a means to an end. The bigger battles lie ahead, when we come to understand that whatever obstacles we have come across (and overcame) till  now were only the tip of the iceberg. So, through this article, I wish to give you an overview of what we need to do in order to be well-equipped to take on the challenges of a B-school , once we make it to here.

  • Patience: This is something you need to have in plenty.  This is one trait future managers should definitely possess, and sometimes B-schools feel it’s incumbent upon them to teach it the hard way. So, a calm and composed mind would do you no harm, rather, it would make your life easier at a B-school.
  • Enduring the rigour: Only once you come here you realize how much the academic rigour is. And add to that all other activities ranging from placements to different clubs, to guest lectures by renowned personalities, and you have got your plate full for the entire day. Time management is the key, unless you know how to efficiently manage every second you have on your hand, life is going to be difficult here.
  • Persistence: This is mostly a corollary of the previous point. Whatever happens, no matter how burdened you are with work, however much you feel that you shouldn’t have come here, or whatever setback you got in your mid-term exams, you just need to persist and not give  up. There will be moments when you are despondent, and feel life would have been far better and hunky dory outside, but trust me, give your best shot here, and you would not regret for a lifetime.
  • No neglect of undergrad acads: I can’t emphasize enough the importance of your undergraduate academic scores. They have more impact on your career than you can even imagine. So, please try and make sure that you do not neglect your undergrad courses; get good grades in them and that automatically takes you a couple of steps ahead of your competitors.
  • A Good CV : Yes, the CV is certainly the most important piece of document you will make in your tenure at a B-school. And ultimately it all boils down to what you have done before coming to the B-school, particularly for the summer placements. Hence, do take part in the club activities, fests, cultural committee proceedings, sports, social service or whatever you can during your undergrad days. A couple of impressive points in the CV is what makes the difference between getting shortlisted for a top top firm and a mediocre one.
  • Open Mind: Here you are going to meet people from all across the country, some of whom might have an entirely different view of life to yours. If you make yourself prejudiced and judgemental, you would feel you have come to the wrong place, but if you keep your mind open and undogmatic, you are going to be enriched with the plethora of experiences the other folks here have gone through in their lives. And no college degree can teach you as much as you can from your friends and peers. That is the sole reason, peer learning is given so much importance in a B-school.

So, these are in short some words of advice to make sure you have an enjoyable B-school journey. Now, with only a few months to go before the entrance exams commence, buckle up, and make the best of the time in hand. Hope you fare exceedingly well and end up in your dream colleges. Wishing you all the best. God Bless!