Life @ Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon

Life @ Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon

“Memories are the Timeless Treasures of the Heart….”

The Initiation

It seems as if it was just yesterday when I received an offer letter from Great Lakes and now, in just a blink of an eye, this beautiful journey has come to an end. The Gladiators (PGPM 2017-18 batch) are now well equipped with paramount insights and knowledge to enter the corporate life again with a new and improved outlook. I remember the day when I anxiously stepped into the campus for the first time, feeling like a pond fish that has crossed rivers to land up in a mighty ocean, wondering how I will adjust to this new environment.

Offsite – Rishikesh

The thought of living in a hostel at an entirely alien place with 120 unfamiliar faces gave me jitters. But the ice-breaking offsite trip to Rishikesh, organized by the institute along with Prof. S.K. Palhan, completely erased all my inhibitions. In a matter of just three days, the entire batch of 120 strangers formed an indestructible bond of friendship. All due credits to white water rafting, rappelling and various other team building exercises of which we all were a part of during our trip.

The Fabulous Faculty

Entering a classroom after working for 3+ years was a grilling experience, to say the least, but with less than 365 days on our Great Lakes calendar, there was no rest for the wicked. And thankfully, the faculty did a brilliant job at educating us with their extremely innovative and interactive teaching methods and techniques.

From Professor Umashankar’s quirky and witty marketing classes to learning the concepts of balance sheets and P&L statements with Dr Preeti, the months just flew by. Dr Poornima made the HR classes fascinating by adding a gaming element with lifelines and it was mandatory to go through pre-reads before entering Dr Jones’ classes which coupled with countless other assignments and projects felt exhausting at that time but helped grasp the key concepts in an effortless manner.

Lectures

Being from a software development background, I never imagined I’ll have anything to do with economics in my entire life but our esteemed Dr VP Singh made its concepts clear as a crystal by helping us create a small start-up and run the same in college for 20 days. The exercise turned the entire campus into a carnival. Everyone had their businesses up and running ranging from serving Nimbu-Pani and Bhel-Puri to Gaming zones and grocery delivery units. Later on, we analysed the revenue generated, break-even points etc.

Walking with the Giants

There was more than just classroom learning to Great Lakes as the industry interactions and CXO talks kept us busy throughout the weekends as well. People with extensive industry experience visited the campus and a lot of synergy took place. Being in the same room and interacting with some of the most celebrated names of the corporate world was like a dream come true for us.

Mr Pramod Sadarjoshi – Senior Director, HCM Strategy & Transformation, Asia- Pacific, ORACLE

Though inside the campus but never separated from the business world, we got ample opportunities to discuss the latest upcoming technologies and changes in the global framework of organizations. We participated in various conclaves related to SMAC, Human Resource, Marketing, operations and Finance where we had panel discussions among CXOs of different organizations to get an in-depth knowledge of the industry.

Committees, Clubs & Chaos

During the committee interviews, the entire campus was in chaos. We were all trying to find our strengths and decide where we fit in. Whether we’ll be a good fit for guiding prospective students for admissions or strengthening the brand of our institute? Whether organizing events was our cup of tea or assisting the institute with placements?

Admissions and BPR Committee

With a lot of preparation and cracking a grilling interview, I ended up in the Admissions and BPR committee. I was actively involved in the branding of the institute, writing blogs, handling the social media channels, volunteering for the admission process, answering queries of prospective students on Quora, guiding new admits under the flagship of Buddy Program and travelling to different locations for the same. This has given me a lot of exposure, and today, I am a completely changed and confident personality altogether.

Annual Events

We, as students, were responsible for organizing the events like TEDx, Crest (annual management fest), Sapience (annual management conclave), Foundation Day, Alumni Meet, and Dr Bala’s Birthday etc. Moreover, as a part of the Great lakes family, we also celebrated all the festivals from Onam, Lohri and Ganesh Chaturthi to Independence Day, Christmas and Holi with the same zeal and enthusiasm. Moreover, there were DJ nights, Fresher’s party, Halloween and a lot more parties which were organized to perfection by our student council.

TEDx GLIM Gurgaon

The Endgame

Lastly, not to forget, the point we all were here for – The Placement Process. The CCS team along with Placecom put in a lot of efforts in terms of interview preparation, GDs, resume review etc. Personal effectiveness sessions were conducted and mentors were allocated to students to have a smooth process. The proud feeling of getting placed and celebrating the placements of our friends was priceless.

This journey has been fantabulous and completely phenomenal amidst sleepless nights, group projects, assignments, exams, co-curricular activities and much more. The guidance and mentorship provided by faculty members and the staff paved our way for a better tomorrow. All of us have made friends, who will last a lifetime. The beautiful impressions will stay in our hearts forever. I would sum up this beautiful journey by saying,

“I’m really gonna miss this place, I am gonna miss my college days”

 

Author: Sakshi Khurana

PGPM, Class of 2018, Great Lakes, Gurgaon

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Vyaktitva- A club on a mission

 

My hobby was to talk. Yak, yak and yak. Be it any topic, any place, with any person and in any situation, I just could not keep my mouth shut. Yet, I was the first one to hide behind the taller head during the assembly hour in school. After successfully beating Father D’ Souza’s eagle gaze for 9 long years, I was caught and that unfortunate probability of .001 was realized on a Monday when I was sharing the details of how Sachin blasted Warne off even in a dust storm last night with my friend. My serial no. was called upon and I did not react for a moment. I acted dead, hoping that Father would move on, but luck just wasn’t on my side that day. My serial no. was recalled and I couldn’t feign ignorance any more. I had to move. My distance and time measuring neurons were disabled and all I could do was walk towards the stage. And on reaching there, I saw 1000 black dots facing towards me; all quiet and expectant. I could not utter a word and I dropped the mike which was handed to me due to nervousness. I was a wreck. That day I came to know what stage fright was.

What that day did to me was made me realize the fears associated with public speaking and pressed the importance of overcoming it. Public speaking not only improves one’s personality and gives a major boost to his/her internal confidence levels but also helps them discover their hidden abilities.

Our personalities are also shaped by the deeds we do. We generally do contribute to the society: by working, by creating employment, by paying taxes, by voting and by other smaller unappreciated activities. Still, a lot more can be done to restore the balance. As future aspiring leaders in our respective fields, we need to cultivate the feeling of redistributing the extra to the needy; after all we are a sovereign, socialist, democratic secular republic. The more one gives back to the society selflessly, the more ethical aspects of his/her personality develop. Helping the society not only gives us happiness but transforms us. More importantly, helping society aids us in staying connected to the roots and keeps us in touch with the reality.

To reach where we are aiming for, we have to accomplish what we are here for and that is to get a glimpse of the nitty-gritty of business. We are here to do MBA so that we can connect the dots of the various industries and understand the events taking place around us. For that to happen, we have to practice what we learn and share the knowledge with our peers. Business awareness gives us a deep understanding of what the industry is going through and how these events would affect the shortcomings.

vyaktitva wallpaper

This new club at GLIM Gurgaon is filled with colorful seriousness.

I realized that to develop a better personality, I needed to do all three – enhance my public speaking skills, contribute to the society and gain a deep understanding of the world of business and that too in a short span. The solution: a club which would help everyone develop new and old traits of personality.

Once I was convinced of it, I took this idea to my friends. They loved it and we started working on it. A week later we had the structure and there were 25 membership requests. With this overwhelming response, we were ready to conduct our first session. Comprising of speeches, debates, a thrilling business quiz and an informative news session, it was a roaring success.

All ready for the rigorous debate session

All ready for the rigorous debate session

That’s how ‘Vyaktitva’ begun its journey towards honing personalities and serving the society.

– Animesh Bajpai

  PGPM Class of 2015