My First Year at Schulich

It seems like only yesterday that 46 of us equally confused strangers entered the campus, wondering without a clue where it would take us. Seven months, 30 weeks and 210 days since then, today we stand at the end of our Managing Value Creation course, only short of a final exam, and I cannot help but let my mind wander and reminisce how far we have come, and I marvel at the bond among us students and the experiences that probably changed us.

My first lesson of Self Awareness

The first thought that strikes me is of the bold teaching methods of my Professors that encouraged me to dwell deeper through the labyrinths of mind and the world with one simple question – “Why?”. Thank you, Professor Campbell, for not waiting any longer than our very first group assignment, to teach this important lesson.

With this began our quest for self-awareness, when Prof. Jane-Michele Clark made sure we didn’t give up, for the journey of finding oneself can be confusing, but as we kept going, it was an eye-opener, just like she said.

Questions. We learnt to ask the important ones.

Getting ready for the future

Like, “How does our conduct with our colleagues encourage them to do better? Does it at all?”

Now that I look back, I wonder if I would have learnt it as well as I did under the sympathetic guidance of Professor Chris Bell, whose cheerfulness and wit will always remind me that age is nothing but a number!

I am grateful for my Professors who patiently prepared us for the world we were to thrive in.

Professor Johnston had a practical way of reminding us that our learnings were important and had to be made functional with the use of empirical tools such as statistics because one’s ultimate goal was to ensure that a company’s operations were running smoothly. He taught us something more, something valuable for life – he taught us to believe in our inner resources and adapt to situations to the extent of innovating at the lowest cost. When we were taking those lessons, we summarised it in one Indian expression – “Jugaad!”. It was also a running joke among us students.

Pushing our limits

Term 1 ended and Term 2 began with our ever enthusiastic Professor Linda Thorne who changed the meaning of Accounting for us anxious souls from an Engineering background. Not only did we learn to perceive it with an open mind, some of us might have even fallen in love with it. What else would you conclude if 15 out of your 37 classmates, all of whom couldn’t fathom the world beyond Periodic Tables in High School, made elaborate presentations on Accounting and why the world needs it at the end of the Term. I rest my case.

A chapter of unlearning

I am bound to spend a moment longer on reminiscing the wonderful teachings and fascinating anecdotes of Professor Theo Peridis. As his students, we were compelled to unlearn what seemed like everything we ever understood about business. Since childhood, we have been surrounded by conversations that emphasize profits as the end goal of any good business. In Professor Peridis’ classes, we boldly challenged that goal and redefined it: “Organisations are united in a goal to create unique value for society“. He led us to see that businesses could essentially be about making lives better. I am now confident that in the course of my career, cynicism in regards with capitalism will not bother me. My objective will be to create true value in people’s lives and enhance their quality wherever I go.

In addition to these structured classes, Guest Lectures organised on Campus have exposed us to how our academic learnings will become our essential tools in tackling critical issues of real-world businesses. Most of the speakers who visit are eminent scholars and prominent businessmen, connecting with whom would have been nearly impossible if not for the establishment of Schulich School of Business. We saw them as knowledge fountains and looked forward to hearing their first-hand experiences of facing problems at work, and we particularly enjoyed discussing with them our ideas and various possibilities of solutions to those problems.

Progressive teaching

While many speak of progressive teaching methods, it is at Schulich you truly experience them. MBA in India Program at Schulich is probably revolutionizing the sphere of business education. At Schulich, experiential learning is at the conjunct of the exposure to emerging markets in the East and the best practices of the West.

Of course, it was the presence of my Faculty at Schulich that gave me a vibrant learning environment where I found myself to have evolved to confidently meet the demands of the business world of tomorrow.

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