Its becoming more hectic with every passing day here. With all the classes, assignments, group submissions, club kickoffs, career services events and the endless so called ‘networking events’
One of the top tips we received from our senior batches was to make it a point of going beyond Baker Street. It is easy to make your small bubble of comfort here around the school, and never see what all this great city has to offer. I try to do that as much as possible, mostly on weekends. And I also promised last week that I will post something about London -the city, so here I am to do exactly that. However instead of writing something, I will let a few pictures clicked by me do all the talking (thank god for the philosophers who said they are worth thousands of words..makes my job here so much easier )
Alright, now I am going to head off to work on a couple of assignments. Will definitely be back to interact more in a few days’ time.
At the end of my first two weeks at LBS, I am confused about the speed of time here. In a sense it has just zoomed across; in one blink the first two weeks are already over. On the other hand, so much has happened over the past few days, it is hard to believe that its only been just a couple of weeks.
I won’t kill any of the surprises that you can cherish once you are here. But I must point out a few things that have fascinated me in this short time frame, about the school and also the city. So the three things that have stood out about the school for me:
- The institution’s capability to manage efficiently and effectively: From the power-packed orientation to our classes, from the famous away day to the club kick-offs, from career services events to complex simulations, everything is organized fantastically by the school. The prior arrangements for each thing happening over here seems to happen pretty much magically. As students, we never get to see any hassles, any panic situations. But the fact that each single thing is such super smooth, it is hard to not to appreciate the brilliance of the school staff. These guys definitely know a thing or two about management, and I will be happy to learn from them
- The thought that goes into designing each single activity: If the school thinks a student must learn a specific management principle, they go to any limits in making sure that the learnings are deep and long lasting. So that has resulted in exciting group simulations, physical team activities, interesting games, range of intelligently selected case studies, provoking class discussions, etc. etc. One can easily see the amount of thought and effort the faculty puts in here to make sure the lessons don’t remain words but become an integral part of our decision making forever.
- Diversity: I know you have heard it over and over again. Even at the risk of you stopping to read this post right away, I have to mention this. It does not get any diverse than this, period! There is no dominant nationality. I have friends now from Israel, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Venezuela, Portugal, and many many more countries (of course including States and UK ). Professions? From serial entrepreneurs to professional sportsmen to armymen to tech geeks to large businessmen to social entrepreneurs to media guys to the regular bankers and consultants, and everything in between. The breadth and depth of class discussions here is enriching and inspiring. If you want to learn to work in a multi-cultural environment, it seriously does not get better than this.
Apart from these serious things, there is ample amount of fun as well (on most times, much more than optimum ). In the next post I will try to capture that and also, what all is making me fall in love with this great city called London.
There is so much to write and so much to share; the only challenge is time. It does travel. At what speed, I am still confused