The weather is perfect for just nuzzling and burrowing into the warm depths of your blanket, wearing sweaters and hoodies and covering your ears and blowing off steam from a hot cup of milk. Pressing the snooze button with complete confidence is my latest dream…
One of the lessons learnt while doing an MBA is that you know how to finally stay awake till 4 AM. And survive on 4 hours of sleep.
What are the things I wish I had known before going for it? I would have a million stuff to say, but for now I will try to limit it.
I won’t say that I will be writing about the “Ten Things You Should Know Before Doing an MBA”, but I will be writing what I found were interesting here…
1) You always have exams. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter vacation, or if it’s your college cultural fest. You cannot go for the awesome concert cause you have an exam on Advanced Financial Accounting the very next day.
2) You will miss sleeping. Or maybe not. Because in order to compensate for the all-night vigils, you will be spending the hours between classes and lunch hours sleeping.
3) You will feel hungry at 3.21 AM. It is a weird biological phenomenon which wakes you up at odd times just to make sure that you neither get any sleep nor get any food.
4) Noodles is your staple food. Breakfast is noodles. Lunch may be noodles. Evening snack is definitely noodles. Dinner and after dinner snack is noodles. Even your 3.21 AM nourishment is noodles. You’re definitely generating a lot of sales for them.
5) Wherever you go, you start thinking in terms of your specialization. If you are a Finance person, you will see how the costs allocated and the rise in prices and economy of the country affects your expenditure on buying noodles. If you are a HR major, you will see if the people working in the shop where you buy noodles are being productive and being rewarded according to a rational wage policy. If you are a Marketing major, you would analyze the impact of word-of-mouth promotions done by just counting the number of times I just typed the word noodles. OMG! Again….noodles!
6) People keep asking about your placement plan. It may be funny, but I really don’t think too much about placements. Well, it is important but I don’t spend all my time bugging seniors or teachers about placement prospects and pry what all connections you can make so that you will ensure you will follow the same path to (un) successful careers. I just don’t think that every person I see is a potential information source. I greet people just because you say hi to those you know.
7) You realize that a planner/organizer is a godsend. It is impossible to keep track of all the notes, memos, ideas, plans, schedules in your mind. Unless you have a photographic memory, which is scientifically still debated upon.
8) Your perception of your time management skills change. You think you had awesome time management skills. Perfect adherence to that perfect schedule of yours never happens. Never. It reminds me of the Taylor Swift song which keeps on saying “Never, ever, ever…”
Yes, it never happens. It will never happen. Never. Ever.
9) You will know the value of health. If you accidentally have a headache and miss a day’s class, the next day, you will be swimming in a deep, dark pool of new knowledge. It will be like your headache transported you to an alternate dimension because you have no idea what is going on in class. Of course, if you prepare for the class, none of this is applicable.
10) You will learn.
You will learn how the world is, how exactly mean it can be. You will learn how to survive, how to live. You will learn what true friendship means and how beautiful childhood was. More than that you will learn all those things that would carry you forward in life. Not just knowledge, but realization…
Having said all this, welcome to the world of an MBA student. Bon voyage.