Getting back to a lecture hall after 6 long years wasn’t as relaxed as I had anticipated. I still recall, after the first two hours of being addressed and told how intense the program was, I was already counting the number of days remaining. Over the next few days we were loaded with assignments and workshops. My mind was flooded with information alongside a blast of new faces and names. On a personal front I was still getting used to London. The tubes, the self-service checkouts at Tesco, pounds & pennies and most importantly the weather! London weather can shift seasons in a day. But then one day, while sitting in a classroom, I dare say during a lecture, I looked around and was overwhelmed by the fact that I was in a classroom full of people from across the globe. After all, rarely do we get a chance to be back at school with people from 30 nationalities at the age of 29. That’s when I realised how fortunate I was.
It’s been a month but I must say that I have a list of experiences to share. One of those that affected me the most was during an induction workshop. At the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) workshop we were all given a report on our personality type. I wouldn’t say it was all new because most of us tend to believe that we know who we are. But my biggest take away from the workshop was that it was okay to be ‘You’ and no matter what personality type you
are, there exists a place for you in the business world. We’ve all long believed that to climb up the corporate ladder you need to be social and outgoing. After Susan Cain’s TED talk this was the only other time that I had publicly heard that even introverts could be good leaders. Suddenly something around me changed and I felt at ease in a room with a majority of extroverts.
The Full-Time MBA at Imperial College Business School isn’t all about curriculum, but a host of other things. It’s about getting to know yourself better, it’s about the enriching experience that the Imperial campus brings and it’s about the aura of London. It all seemed bumpy in the beginning but little did I know that I was actually falling in love with the city, the campus life and being a student all over again.
Anshu is a student in our 2016-17 Full-Time MBA class.