Friday, April 29, 2011
Hello my dearest readers (hope i can still say that!)
If you hear people saying that business school life is tough, I would say that’s a serious understatement. B-school life is notorious! My b-school life started in September 2010 and as a proof of the notorious schedule I haven’t posted a single blog post since then. Now after two and a half terms into the MBA, I am getting a feeling that the schedule is easing a bit and hence my decision to get back to blogging!
But i promised in the title for a surprise..... (drum rolls....) I have started a brand new self hosted blog! You can access my new web space at www.harikrish.com. The blog is relatively new so there are not many posts yet but i have a feeling that my past readers would like the 2 latest posts (this and this). These two posts are basically a two part series of my 8 months of business school experience! I have many more exciting and interesting posts coming up (more often than last time - that's a promise). So please feel free to visit, subscribe and post your valuable comments and feedback on my new blog!!
I am not going to close this blog down - not a chance. I hope this blog might still help some of the future MBA aspirants. The new blog would serve as an information source (at least that's the intention!) for people in b-schools, MBAs, aspiring MBAs or for anybody just looking to read about interesting stuff related to business, tech, social media, internet and the world around me!
So i ask of you dear readers and subscribers to extend the same level of support you gave me, to help me put together this new blog!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
You can find more lecture videos of Prof.Randy Pausch here.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I spoke to a nice lady and before hanging up i asked her about my extra baggage weight. The following conversation transpired between us:
Me: I'm going to Spain to study and I have a lot of stuff that i would like to carry. So do you mind if I put 5 extra kilos on my bags?
BA: Are you aware of the Students offer with BA?
Me (obviously surprised and curious): No what is it? (hoping the discount would be on the weight)
BA: Thro' this offer you can carry another bag weighing 23kilos along with your 2 bags of 23 kilos ea.
Me: aaaaaaaaaa...... dddid you say an extra bag?
BA: All you have to do is give me is your visa number for verification.
Me (running in excitement to grab my passport): Sure, my visa number is ..........
BA: Alright then you are all set. Hope you have a great flight!
Now thats what i call a student friendly flight!
18 hours later........
I arrive at the airport with my three bags loaded into a cart barely able to see whats in front of the cart. I go thro' the scanning and reach the check in place. And another interesting conversation takes place....
BA: Hello. can i have ur ticket and passport please.
Me: Sure. (I give her the ticket and passport)
BA: Sir can you wait for some time as our systems are not yet ready to log you in as a student! If you could bare with me for 15mins, i'll check you in and you will be able to carry all the three bags.
Me: Sure I'm in no hurry..
(This is why you need to get there 3 hrs before the flight time!)
Me: Are you ready to check me in?
BA: Yes sure.
Then she goes on a typing spree and finally looks at me and says:
BA: Sir, you are all set. We are giving you a complementary upgrade to the Club class! Here is your boarding pass and have a nice flight!
Club class!! 15 hours of flying in Club class. I couldn't have asked for more.
And as you might have expected I have a nice, and comfortable flight with all the goodies. Hmm when i come to think of it, i think they forgot my request for a pedicure. He he just kidding!
Anyways, that was my flight experience and right now I'm all settled in the most amazing city of Barcelona. I'll update you on my experience here at my first week at IESE in my next post.
Till then take is easy and keep it cool!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Its 22nd August which means in 3 days from now, I'll be on a flight to Barcelona. I'm actually not sure what I'm feeling right now and as a matter of fact I never was for the past several days. I'm overjoyed at the prospect of starting my MBA journey, meeting all the wonderful people there and visiting a new city/country. But at the same time I'm starting to feel sad at the thought of leaving behind my wife, parents and my brother. It'll be the first time in the past 5 years that I'll be living away from her (wife) and the thought of it is very depressing. But as she says I guess I'll have to do this to get myself an MBA and a 100K+ job to finance her shopping list. Jokes apart, I know the move is going to be tough and I know I'm going to miss her dearly!
Anyways lemme not invite any tears here! Coming to my pre-MBA preparations, I have been very very busy lately with my financial accounting pre-course, which i hope to finish by tomorrow, and with my packing. You know what I realized, packing is not only uninteresting but also one of the most laborious tasks - take it from a GMAT three timer! You need to have the right set of skill and planning to fit in a cupboard, a pantry, half of the washroom and a mobile Circuit City inside a single baggage and still make it weigh 23 kgs. Lucky for me, my mom is a packing-genius!!
I hope to squeeze in one more post before I say adios to India. Till then take it easy!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Disclaimer: The information on this post limits to obtaining a Study visa or a student Class D visa. Although this post is targeted for Indian visa applicants, others might also find the information presented in this post useful in their visa application process to Spain. Also the following is based on my personal experience and is to be taken only as a friendly suggestion rather than a step by step guide. The information in this post holds good at the time of writing and the process could change in the future. Hence please don't hold me liable to any misinformation.
Original Application Form.
Three photocopies of the Application Form.
Bank Draft in favor of Embassy of Spain,
for Rs. 3,424/- New Delhi
Photocopy of Bank Draft.
Photocopy of passport (all the pages including blank ones).
Original Police Clearance Certificate with the Apostille (More info on this below)
Photocopy of the Police Clearance Certificate.
Admission letter from the educational institution where admitted (in English).
Admission letter from the educational institution where admitted (in Spanish)
Letter from the school with the contents of the program of studies.
Proof of health insurance coverage during the course of the program. In my case since IESE covered my insurance, i got a letter from them stating the same.
Original Medical Certificate.
Photocopy of the Medical Certificates.
10th and 12th std. marks cards.
Graduation Degree certificate.
Official transcripts from my
(Just in case) Undergraduate University
Proof of financing the program. Eg. educational loan sanction letter etc.
Proof of funding for living expenses. Eg. Affidavit or letter of support from parent.
IT Returns for the past year.
Pay slip from the latest employer for atleast 3 months.