A Survival Guide To This GD/WAT/PI Phase And A Peek Into The Life Of An MBA Student
We are in the middle of GD/WAT/PI process and in about two week’s time, the process will be over for almost all top colleges in the country. By now many of few must have had their processes too. But hey, wait a moment this advice might be coming a little late but very effective not just for your MBA but life in general. I have taken this from a book, “Success stories of the Rich and Happy” it talks about a few toxic words and what it does to you.
But: Negates any words that are stated before it.
Try: Presupposes failure.
If: Presupposes that you may not.
Might: It does nothing definite. It leaves options for your listener.
Would Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn’t actually happen.
Should Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn’t actually happen (and implies guilt.)
Could Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn’t actually happen but the person tries to take credit as if it did happen.
Can’t/Don’t: These words force the listener to focus on exactly the opposite of what you want. This is a classic mistake that parents and coaches make without knowing the damage of this linguistic error.
The above words work exactly in the following way:
When parents ask the kids not to watch too much television,
Statement: You shouldn’t watch too much television
Likely Result: The child watches even more
In a better language this could have been said in the following way:
“I read that too much television makes people stupid. So if you want to become stupid when you grow up you can watch as much TV as you want.”
The idea here is to stay positive throughout this period. It is said that to offset one negative statement it takes seventeen positive statements. I am not backing the above statement empirically but the emotion and the logic behind it hold true to quite some extent.
So stay positive throughout this period and success is sure to follow.
Since I am an optimist I hope that all those who read this article will make it to some premier MBA institute, here is a little peek into the life of an MBA student on campus.
First Things First: Laptop and Software
I swear by my MBA degree and declare that MS Excel is by far the most important software you will have ever known and that would literally control your life from here on.
A note for Fresher Grads: In case you think you know MS Excel, get ready you’re in for a shock!!
However, you will spend a considerable amount of time in making the presentation and therefore the second most important software is PowerPoint. Also if you acquire basic photo and video editing skills they will always come handy for your presentations.
Is it always Suits and Sarees?
From outside, one pictures an MBA student in a crisp suit with well-knotted tie and shining leather shoes with gleaming confidence. But this is far from true, there are days when you have to dress up like this, but on other days it’s just another day at college.
However, some colleges have formals or smart casuals as their dress code.
Everyone has been to college and just like your undergrad college there are no rules to get into the good books of seniors. There will be formal events in colleges such as ice breaking sessions or introductory meets that will give you an opportunity to interact with seniors.
Moreover colleges these days conduct city meets too when admission is confirmed for students so that they can interact with college students and prospective seniors to know the college well before joining it.
Although ragging is banned across India, it still is a paper tiger and I suggest you to actively take part in it as that is the best and fastest way to know seniors.
Amidst the Chaos: Don’t lose yourself
Ask any final year of pass out student of an MBA college and there will come a unanimous advice that you need to enjoy your life. Because life will be chaotic after this and one needs to learn how to unwind and enjoy amidst all of it. Cutting yourself from all of it is not the way it should be. Once you join the institute you will realise that your aim of joining a good institute was only a half the dream, living it through in its entirety is the real deal.