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Being A Grown Up

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The night before- "When you have to do something difficult the next morning, there shouldn't have to be a night before!"- Charles Schulz

That's the thought that keeps running through my mind on the 31st of July-the day before my first day at B-school. There's an introduction session scheduled, followed by a speech by Dr Kalam. I am so keyed up-it's the first time I'll be away from home this long. I am practically going to manage in a flat on my own (with help from my friends!). I decide to start proving that I'm a responsible adult who can handle her life by keeping out my clothes for the next day-makes me feel really grown-up as instead of the usual capris and tees, I'm going to wear formal pants and a nice shirt!


I wake up the next morning to my familiar alarm tone of Hugh Grant's 'Pop goes my heart'- but what's this unfamiliar place? Then I remember-my first day at FMS, Delhi! I get off at the venue and I am sure I'm at the right place -- so many people wearing trousers and nicely-ironed formal shirts, yet looking so nervous and out-of-place – surely it has to be the FMS batch of 2010. To my relief, I managed to locate the girl I will be sharing the flat with (she decided to come from home the first day-she doesn't stay too far away from college).

There's a speech by the Dean of FMS, followed by introductions from all the lecturers. I recognise the lecturers who were on the interview panel - that seems so far away now; I can't believe I'm here!

Dr Kalam then delivers his address to us – basically on his ideas for making India a superpower - truly thought-provoking as everything he suggests can be implemented, just requires effective governance and efficient implementation of policies-something managers could help with. I find it really endearing that he is so down-to-earth, absolutely no airs. It gets a bit more informal after the speech.

We are asked to introduce ourselves and told to make our introductions. I realise that this is quite a multifaceted batch; some fabulous singers and stand-up comedians amongst us! There's quite a few activities lined up for us -- a few case studies and presentations to be made-right on the very first day. I guess it is to get us in the MBA groove as soon as possible!

We all realise we are now a part of the oldest and by far one of the best B Schools of the country. There's really no time to feel homesick or overwhelmed though, with all the assignments to be completed. The events go on, and leave late with loads to do for the night.

Douglas Adams immediately comes to mind-"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." I quickly discard the idea of letting the deadlines fly by though. I'm going to try as hard as possible to stick to them. However, it seems like sleep is going to be an absolute luxury from now onwards!

Everything still seems slightly unreal, every place and everyone so unfamiliar and naturally so as it is just Day 1. I go to bed feeling pretty optimistic with the thoughts 'I am doing an MBA, which is what I really wanted to do, and I'm doing it in one of the best B-schools around, I guess it's time I started acting like a 22-year-old'.

And at FMS, I have already learnt to be a fighter. If Day 1 could do this to me, I am sure I would be a winner at the end of the two years. The best part about this place is that there is an instant connection, instant warmth, all of us here are proud to be a part of this esteemed institution.

We have been told a million times here that you must mention your sources, after every report and case study, so here are mine, for this article:

FMS batch of 2009 and 2010
Mommy and Daddy!

Vansa David is in 2008-10 batch (MBA) of Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University.

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