Enthusiasm, zeal, hopes, ambitions resonate high in the spirits of the new batch of IME department, IIT Kanpur, which is en route a new journey. A new journey brings along with it a set of new experiences. And the journey at IIT Kanpur has been no different.
From setting up our tiny rooms (which ultimately turn into a hotchpotch clutter), to detouring the huge campus (IIT Kanpur is spread in 1050 acres of land), owning the most prized vehicle on campus – a cycle, and the sight of National bird of IIT Kanpur- peacock, the initial days were a vacation. However the fun was yet to start. And how does this fun kick start- the fun activities and assignments (believe me how much you tend to hate them; they are indeed fun to do). It was an amazing experience with the ad making assignment- gathering at CCD for the subsided Devil’s Own on pretext of brainstorming creative ideas, the retakes and bloopers and then the final product-the ad. All the fun activities are scheduled at 11. Don’t take it for 11AM. It’s 11PM. However late they might be, you would not want to miss them, for through these activities you learn to work in team and other important aspects that you require as efficient manager and in corporate world and not to forget the most important part- having fun with friends. And how can one not mention the committee selection rounds that go till 5 and even 7 in morning.
MBA is about management and the first management lesson that you learn is Sleep management. You will efficiently manage 1 day’s sleep in two. Lectures, case study analysis, committee work there are a lot of things to take care off. If you think IIT Kanpur is just about all work and no play, then you have not seen the 20 feet deep swimming pool, the flood-lit hockey ground, gymnasium, tennis court, dance club, dramatics club. You name it and IIT Kanpur has it. Ahhh did I mention about the OAT. Yes IIT Kanpur has a magnificent Open Air theatre where movies and sport matches are screened. Watching RDB and YJHD under open sky and on a gigantic screen is an experience in itself.
The two weeks so far have painted life with myriad of colours. The times ahead are tough and broadening the horizons is the obvious thing to do. The nostalgia of the home, friends, city, and people always stays in the backyard of our mind. However, the enigmatic journey to a new horizon subdues all the powers and motivates you to live the dream you always dreamt of.