Written By: Sharmistha Singh, MBA Class of 2015
It has only been a few short months into Kelley but it feels like a lifetime. So, out of all the madness, here are three things I've learnt as an international student coming into Kelley –
Your outlook calendar, to-do lists and post-its are your best friends – If there’s one thing you will learn coming out of business school, it will be effective time management. Whether you check your daily tasks on a piece of paper or in your head, powerful planning and resource management will charge you towards leading your career, instead of it leading you. And although the CORE has been difficult and overbearing at times, when I look at each moment from the outside - as the person I used to be, sitting in India and not knowing why my career was not heading in the direction I wanted it to go – I know I have learnt immensely and continue to do so every day here. From, the classes to the cases, the assignments, the tests, the behavioral interviews, case interviews, elevator pitches, resume building, networking and trying to have a healthy social life, you can’t help but feel like your calendar is your best friend.
There is cultural diversity even in the most basic things from everyday life – So this may seem random and strange, but small ideas and concepts have hit me in a big way coming to the U.S. Especially the concepts of parity, human values and social interaction.For example, coming from India, the idea of taking a shower with a bucket and dipper is not only quite fathomable but has probably been implemented at least once by 99.99% of the population. Whereas here, I've been asked multiple times, by students who will be visiting India soon, what a bucket shower comprises of. It seems that the idea of not having a shower-head seems so very alien, that most people haven’t had to think about it before. These short conversations with people highlight cultural and economic differences in cryptic ways and it’s been amusing to decode them.
Living in a college town can make you feel older – While this may come across as no surprise, but Bloomington has made me feel a lot older and mature. Whether, this can be attributed to the busier-than-work schedule, lack of sleep during the core, my inability to compete in the ubiquitous drinking games, or the 33,000 undergraduates that serve as my neighbors, remains to be seen.