The community at ISB is truly diverse and vibrant. Each year, people from a wide range of age groups, from all walks of life, become ISB students. The 1-year MBA program translates to a very hectic life on campus, leaving little scope for students to gradually settle into the unique ISB culture. Orientation Week acts as a bridge that assists new students to smoothly transition and adapt to the ISB way!
The Dean's address kicks off the Orientation Week which is entirely organized and run by ISB alumni. To begin with, experienced alumni act as advisors to newbies, answering all questions related to registration, finance, legalities, signing up for a laptop, accommodations - everything that a new student needs to know to kick start their tenure.
Although the week starts on a formal note, what follows is a pleasant surprise! After advising them, the alumni discretely direct the new students towards Khemka, ISB's well-known auditorium. Here the students face a group of alumni who playfully 'grill' them for information for about 15 to 20 minutes. This unique ice breaker is followed by an end of the day theme based party, which further helps nervous new students to let their hair down and enjoy themselves.
The second day marks the beginning of a blitzkrieg of activities. A treasure hunt is ISB's novel way of giving newcomers a tour of the sprawling campus. In another activity, alumni paint a long canvas with depictions of their experiences at ISB as well as daily life - creating a colourful testimonial of sorts for new joinees to get a glimpse of what to expect. Incoming students also get to try their hand at the most popular sport at ISB. It's not cricket, it's not football - its frisby, a much loved part of the ISB culture!
Every new student would have heard about most of the 28 clubs at ISB. However, presentations made by the ex-presidents and core members of the clubs throughout the week give students an in-depth understanding about what each club is about, who can become a member and how they will benefit from being part of it. This is a great way to decide which club or clubs would best compliment a student's academic direction and career aspirations.
What comes as a pleasant surprise to ISB students is the high quality accommodation it provides. They get introduced to this facet of life at ISB during the Orientation Week. ISB has hired a 4 star hotel to not only maintain the dormitory, but also provide housekeeping services - daily! This is not just an extra facility - it is ISB's way of letting their students know what to expect from life after ISB. The housekeeping is also very considerate given that students have to invest time in study groups, club activities, and academic assignments. Knowing, at the very beginning, that they will not have to clean their rooms for a year surely reduces a bit of stress for students!
Talent night is possibly the biggest event of orientation week, with each of the eight sections at ISB giving musical performances, skits and a medley of other performances based on a common theme. There is also a day dedicated to outdoor camping, where alumni team up members from each section and have a day of fun team building activities such as trekking blindfolded. While Talent Night binds students within sections, camping day promotes inter-section bonding.
Throughout the week, new students realise that life at ISB will not be easy, but it sure will not be dull! Getting 4 to 5 hours of sleep a day, the Orientation Week sets the pace for the rest of the year, building stamina and rigour amongst newcomers. The week is not a mere knowledge sharing event, it is a 'passing on the baton' ceremony of sorts. Alumni welcome new students to the institution that has become a part of their own identity. After all, once an ISBian, always an ISBian!
'ISB Student Diaries' is a series of articles published by ISBmantra to help prospective applicants develop a better understanding of life at ISB. The full set coming on our site soon.
All the Best!
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I have sent my application yesterday through Blue Dart(from Bangalore.) This is my third attempt with IPMX(got ditched in 2 PI's.)I hope that it would be, "third time lucky." My sincere request to @ipmx to provide what and how to prepare for the PI to come victorious(since you guys know the trick!)
I appreciate your valuable suggestions.
One of my bosses got the evaluation e-mail, but the other boss didn't. What to do?
I am thinking of applying to ISB in 2015 application rounds. Could you please help me know how strong my profile is and what are the areas I should improve upon so that I can prepare in the coming months. Reviews would be much appreciated.
Xth :92 % CBSE (kerala)
XIIth 73% Odisha State Board (95th percentile)
B.Tech in IT from Odisha State University with 7.1 CGPA.
Joined a network marketing company during college
Helped my college senior run his coaching institute after my graduation. worked as an English Teacher there for 8 months.
Joined Capgemini India Pvt Ltd as a software developer for a year
Cofounded my own startup venture in agro-services industry with a focus to improve the supply chain management in my hometown and harness the vast potential of this unorganised sector.
Total work ex: 2 years 5 months as of now
Awards in Debate competitions, Quizzes, Essay Writing, Extempore Speeches through out school and college career.
Awards in various athletic events in school, inter school and CBSE meets.
Awards in Scholarship exams in school career
Head Boy of School
Attended Program for Leadership Development conducted by Y.M.C.A
Anchored the college cultural fest for 2 years.
Member of Toastmasters International Club for Public Speaking
Award for Best Prepared Speech by Toastmasters Club
Point of Contact for my training batch in my job.
Host and Management Committe Member of Future Leaders Club in Capgemini.
Kindly advise me if I have a realistic chance of getting called for interview at ISB based on my profile. What should be my target GMAT score ? What are the things I should work on to improve the diversity of my profile. Kindly suggest.
Dear Aspirants, we are very pleased to start this year's thread.
This 15 month dual degree programme between IIM Udaipur and Purdue University is designed to cater to the present industry requirements and equips students to deal with complex supply chains spanning several nations across the globe.
Please feel free to post your queries here. We will respond to them as soon as possible.
Previous year's threads
Thanks to everyone who attended the Chennai reception. Great to see so many out-of-town applicants, some of whom traveled from as far away as Bhubaneshwar to attend the event. Now it's on to Delhi on Sept 20th (Tuck Reception) and Sept 21st (MBA Tour). See you there!
Hi Bharat, I have received an offer for Cranfield Full time MBA program. Could you please share your experiences @ Cranfield for the MBA program? Is the 1 year MBA Degree recognized in India? Also the current job scenario in Europe is bleak, does Britain is also suffering with the same issue.? Looking forward for your response.
When are all interviews planned? I know there is one in Mumbai on 1st Nov. Any other dates and locations?
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Anyone contemplating on applying for May'2015 ???
Also, would like to know the exp of puys who have recently passed out !!
I'm in a very panicked situation as i'm writing this. I have my GMAT day after tomorrow, i.e., 31st October 2014 and i still don't have a prepared list of the 5 schools to which i'll be sending my scores.
In brief, I'm a female CA with almost 3.5 years of experience and a regular BCom (Hons) degree from DU. I currently work in MIS FP&A profile in HCL Technologies Ltd and prior to this, have worked with Kobe Steel Group (a Japanese steel giant) in Finance. Shortly, I'll be joining a different industry in MIS FP&A profile only. My goal from an MBA is to gain entrepreneurial and management skills that would help me move towards more of a general management role or maybe consider doing something of my own. In my practice GMATs so far i'm getting scores in the range of 660 to 700.
When i initially consulted a few people, i got the following names - ISB, IIM ABCL, XLRI and SPJIMR. ISB happens to be my preference. I am leaning more towards a one-year course but a good two-years course is also a feasible option. Also, I'm willing to consider an international MBA too. The names that have cropped up so far are NUS, Tuck,etc.
As a confession, i'm from a purely technical finance background so my knowledge about admission procedures of any school except ISB is next to none. I'd like to start my MBA in 2015.
Please kindly guide me as to what schools I should choose on my test day. I will choose ISB but about the other four choices i'm confused. Request you to please help!
Thanks in advance!
The first step on your GMAT journey should be to take a diagnostic. No one can tell you which coaching or consultancy services you need unless they know where you are starting from!
You can download a full-length test from www.mba.com. Sit down, take it, and report your score to get a much better answer to your question. Or, if time is an issue, you can start with a shorter diagnostic quiz, such as the one that starts the course on the prep4gmat app ( www.prep4gmat.com ). This will help you determine where you are now and what you need!
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How many work experience do I require to even have a remote chance of being a part of ISB??