While growing up, whenever somebody asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was the standard “an MBA”. I did not know the full form of the word at the time, I just vaguely knew it was something to do with becoming a business woman or working at a big corporate.
In my quest to pursue what I thought was my true calling, I did not wander much from business related subjects in high school and undergrad. I decided to go in-depth into business management and accountancy subjects by pursuing an additional degree in Chartered Accountancy, which is considered the second most difficult set of exams in my home country India.
I started working at the age of 20, at the most junior level of the audit department of a big four. The next five years were extremely challenging and a great learning curve. Though I was continuously pushing myself to do more, study more, learn more, my environment was very sheltered. My lunch was packed for me, the car was always available in case I was too tired to take public transport and my parents kept a tab on me by making sure my day was going fine.
Coming home from work was a heartwarming feeling, with freshly cooked food ready to be eaten with my loving family. But there was something in me that wanted more. The daily routine got to me. I wanted to have an enriching educational experience amongst people from all over the world, learning from professors who were extremely passionate about their subjects. This was the kind of experience that had been missing in my life- the one that was calling out to me.
And I guess the dots connect the way you need them to because here I am, admitted into one of the best schools I could’ve possibly imagined. Why I chose Imperial is not a very difficult question to answer. I always wanted to go to a school that was in the heart of a city and that laid emphasis on balancing academics with leadership development. Its focus on innovation as well as on the personal and professional development of women leaders is what motivated me to apply here.
Now a month has gone by in the city of my dreams, and I am still overwhelmed by every bit of it. I am in awe of the institution and my fellow classmates, from whom I learn something new every single day. In the hope of striking a balance between managing group assignments, living alone and exploring London, I am truly excited to be on this journey that has only just begun!