OBL Diaries – 2018-20 – SIBM Bengaluru

“Why not be happy after a while? You get to a certain stage where you prepare yourself for happiness. Sometimes you never remember to get happy.”

The day finally arrives, after going through the rigorous filtering process, one arrives, gets amalgamated into a group of unfamiliar faces, albeit excited but apprehensive. The joy of getting in slowly shifts to worry about the future. Some get along instantly, similarity and dissimilarities around the spoken language slowly creep in, and people sink into comfort zones.


5th June, after getting slotted into different classes and boarding different busses, the new batch of MBA 2018-2020 at SIBM BENGALURU headed towards the same destination. The funny thing about the bus journey was that despite changes in generations, it’s the same old reliable games as “antakshri” and “dumb charades” which got resorted to, why change something that isn’t broke. These games are like starter icebreaker packs, light in content but highly effective in setting the ball rolling, by the end of the journey, a glimmer of cohesiveness was seen in the air.

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If there is a perfect recipe for an outbound learning program it sure can’t be better than this: mountains, tents, vegetation,a group of young energetic students and to top it all, mellifluous weather. Over the next two days, this group of students got involved in various activities which forced them to open up. Each activity whilst different in nature drove home the same sacrosanct message, the concept of an isolated individualist genius is more myth than reality, major tasks are completed in groups, and the ability to make people work effectively are the ones worth acquiring.


For an observer, this was a bountiful opportunity to access what people are gunning for, what are their past experiences, future expectations. It’s only when the formal walls come down, do people start mingling and getting along. The outbound program shook the students out of their comfort zone and pushed them to unshackle apprehensions.


Under the guidance of professional instructors, students got involved in games, requiring varying levels of physical and mental prescience.  This provided opportunities to identify strengths amongst team members and appropriate distribution of roles. It was all conducted in just a way that, it didn’t feel like a chore but like fun fables with valuables moral lessons at the end.

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Time flies when one is having fun, the same could be applied to the days that were spent at the outbound program, time just went by like a tracer bullet. The trip also gave glimpses of how people behave under sleep deprivation, a premonition of things to come in a B school. The eagerness for tea and coffee was widely felt. At the fag end of the trip most people had more people to talk to then they had before. Many had made significant headway in conversing with the opposite gender, many had aspirations to seek after coming back.


The journey back felt like a journey back home, a place which would be an integral part of life for the next two years and many years to come. The learnings were plenty, but it’s the application of those learnings, that would determine how things pan out. Till then, it’s important to take risks and learn something new in this place which has loads to offers to everyone.

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About the Author –

Akshit Kalia is a first year MBA student(2018-20) at SIBM Bengaluru. Hailing from Delhi-NCR, Akshit earned a Bachelors’ degree in Engineering at Amity University, Noida. He is a member of the Public Relations and Media Committee of the college. Having worked in sales for a year, he found his calling in pursuing MBA. An ardent supporter of Manchester United, he also enjoys music is his free time and is a huge John Mayer fan. He is a voracious reader and finds solace in stories.

SIBM Bengaluru

Ever since its inception in 1978, SYMBIOSIS has been synonymous with progress. The trend of progress has been continued by setting up of SIU’s first campus outside Maharashtra at Bengaluru in 2008. SIBM Bengaluru is now one of the leading B-Schools of the country. The focus, now, is on matching global standards of management education. SIBMB instills a work culture which is unparalleled among various institutions. It provides a holistic approach to management which goes a long way in creating a dynamic identity. Vibrant student associations and committees complement the program with a number of activities involving institute-industry interaction.