A walk down the memory lane
I graduated out of a B-school in early 2017. I’m assuming that most B-schools work the same way, at least across India for that matter. Of course, there are many first-hand information and references to Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) in my blog cause that’s where I did my business studies. Now that we (i.e. our batch, the F15 as we call ourselves) have graduated, everyone seems busy figuring out their next phase of lives – some working and some getting married. Here I am taking a small ‘walk down the memory lane’, with all the excitement still fresh, writing my experience of my life at a B-school as the title goes!
Life at a B-school like LIBA gives memories worth a lifetime!
Considering my somewhat school like college experience during my undergraduate, the two years at LIBA seemed like the first time I really felt like I was in college.It was pretty much the way college life is shown in movies! Total freedom, no major rules, activities throughout the year, loads of fun and what not. I must say that being treated as an adult itself had its own kick.
L.I.B.A stands for Loyola Institute of Business Administration, for the general public. But for all of us who have experienced LIBA, we had a different acronym for it, “Life Is Beyond Awesome”.
5 things which signifies life at a B-school
- Extremely hectic and time-consuming yet neither boring nor monotonous
In any MBA or PGDM course, right from the start, the management makes sure that they give a feel of how extremely hectic and time-consuming the next two years will be. It wasn’t any different with my experience at all. Days at LIBA started off with full swing. With lectures happening from 8 am to 8 pm, missing family functions, friends’ get-togethers, forgoing leisure weekends were some of the traits we had to get used to very soon. We were always loaded with projects, assignments and tests as well, but there was always something or other to look forward to all time. Life at LIBA was never been boring or monotonous indeed.
- Everyone stands equal
One of the important aspects of life at a B-school is to imbibe in the students to mutually treat everyone equally, with no kind of differentiation between a junior and a senior. This is majorly due to the fact that there is a good mix of freshers and experienced people who join for business studies. This is where I went out of my comfort zone and got acquainted with people who were not my age. It did feel strange at the start but by the end of two years, I’ve made great friends, forgetting the age factor totally!Another significant aspect of Life at a B-school is the diverse nature of students hailing from different cities and states, PAN India. This gave me a chance to know something about the different places they came from, tried and failed to learn new languages and making our own gangs where language or traditions were no barriers.
- A lot of Events keep happening
Every term we had some major event that everyone looked forward to! Planning and preparing for the events added to the excitement. Everyone’s part of some committee or club and that’s how we all contribute to the events taking place at the college. Management symposiums, conferences, fests and cultural events are generally done in an extravagant manner, as these are also some of the deciding criteria for aspiring B-school candidates. To the outside world, it always appeared like we were only having events and celebrations! In recent times, it has become common to celebrate all major festivals so that people coming from different places across India feel at home celebrating their traditional festivals. It was the same with LIBA and that’s what made LIBA, ‘a home away from home’ for us.Looking back, these events and celebrations are the first things that flash across my mind and I’m pretty sure it’s the same for others as well! It sure does look like we’ve had a great share of fun and frolic in our B-school 😀
- Striking the perfect balance!
Strict deadlines to adhere from day one, endless presentations, group discussions, assignments, mid-term exams, Business Standard newspaper tests, the final exams every term and of course, the most important ‘Placement Preparation’ is certainly a no escape. This was the part that was not widely publicised on social media, so now you know! There are things to enjoy, have fun, make memories as well as things to work hard on, focus in order to maintain decent CGPAs and get your dream jobs at the end of the day. You just ought to know when to switch between your party mode and study mode. I can’t help but quote one of the most overused phrases, “It is all about striking the perfect balance and managing time”
- The B-school Tradition
Everyone who’s been through B-school will be able to resonate my experiences I believe. At some point, I realised that life at LIBA has become more of a lifestyle for all LIBA-ites! We have these LIBA traditions that we never miss out and you get used to the whole routine that once you step out of LIBA, it is quite difficult to undo the whole LIBA-thing. I am sure every B-school will have its own traditions similar to ours (even if not as great as ours, jus kidding 😀 )
That’s all just a glimpse of how I spent the two years at my B-school. Now that I’ve passed out, it’s not the subjects that I studied or the presentations that I made that first pops in my head. It’s the people I’ve met, the amazing friends I’ve made over the two years, the wonderful memories we’ve created at every possible occasion, the life lessons learnt, the fears I’ve overcome and how I’ve grown to be a better and stronger person today that really matters. LIBA has given me moments of happiness, sheer excitement, sadness, frustration, love, anxiety, nervousness, confidence, anger, moments of defeat and success. LIBA has been a plethora of experiences for me, certainly a major Milestone in my life.
They said, “Life is always beyond awesome at LIBA”.
Right now, I couldn’t agree more.
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