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.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
One of the ones that I never expected was I coming 2nd in the list of bloggers for Clear Admit's Best of Blogging Awards. You know whats more - I also won in two categories "Best Essay Advice" & "Best Interview Advice" - talk about a whole cherry farm on the cake!!
I’m really honored and all I can manage now is two words of gratitude for your readership – Thank You! I also thank the judges and all the MBA bloggers for voting my blog and for your love! My hearty congratulations for a well deserved top spot to Dream Chaser and Orlando.
There are some other well deserved winners in my books – Madalogue and Rocky for the fantastic content, Steve for entertaining us all with his god gifted humor, Xlick, The Dreamer, and Braveheart for their awesome posts! Congratulations to all of you; I’m simply proud of being among such brilliant individuals.
Now you might be thinking what a lazy ass I am for taking so long to even acknowledge such an honor! I think I have a valid reason, and that brings me to the BIG news that I’ve been itching to share with you all for the past couple of weeks. So without further ado here it is –
I’m Getting Married to my sweet heart in two weeks! Yes its true and its finally happening. The talks started as soon as I touched the Indian soil and it took exactly 2 weeks to decide that the marriage will be before I fly off to
Needless to say I am overjoyed and enjoying every minute of these bustling days and believe me it’s a lot of work. But I’ll try my best to keep you all updated on this roller coaster ride which just took off!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
So lets see whats in the nice red box!
As soon as I opened the box, a red gym bag was smiling right at me. Although my camera was adamant that it was dark maroonish-purpleish in color i definitely think its the legendary IESE red.
But anyways, inside the bag were some very interesting and unexpected stuff, and some expected stuff. Here are the contents,
1. A welcome letter by the Director of Admissions
2. An invitation to attend the Admit Weekend in Barcelona on 28-29th May,
3. A welcome guide to the school, city, housing and much much more (and wow its got some amazing pics of BCN),
4. A map of Barcelona,
5. IESE Alumini Magazine - latest copy
6. And rather surprisingly a Solar cellphone charger and a bio-degradable pen. Boy, do they know how to state their "clean green" motto!
Here is another picture of all the goodies for your viewing pleasure.
On a totally different note, I'm getting close to the end of my stay in the States. Will be leaving for India this Thursday. Yesterday was horrible seeing off my GF at the airport. I am currently, without a job, without a car, without anything important to do and now my gf is 7500 miles away :(
So with that note let me sign off for now.
P.S. I'm currently reading a very interesting book on MBA admissions. I'll be posting a detailed review of the book in my next post. So watch out for it!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Whats in it for you?
Six scholarship packages for six winners, valued at over $8,500. Each includes a GMAT course from one of the top GMAT prep companies and a $250 GMAT voucher!
Last date to submit applications: May 20
Results: May 30.
Find more details here
All the best!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Before I selected my schools, I did some self-reflection on what I want from a business school. I had written about it in a post called Selecting Business schools. At that time, one thing was clear to me - I did not want to go to a US Business school. Now don't get me wrong; MBA was invented by the Americans, and US has great b-schools. But after studying, living and working in the US for a considerably long time, I wanted to experience something different - something that would add a significant weight to my overall profile; something that would make me my profile more international.
There were two options in front of me - Asia and Europe, and honestly at the beginning of the admissions process I was really eager to study in Asia. But at a later stage, I realized the importance of diversity and how a diverse network can radically impact one's profile. European schools are the champs when it comes to diversity. For example, IMD in Switzerland has a class of about 100 students of which about 95% of the students are international and they come from about 50 different countries. Now isn't that awesome! But this did not keep me from applying to Asian schools. I applied to a bunch of them. I got rejected from a few
The other reason why I was not drawn to Asian schools, as much I was towards IESE, was the feedback that i got from students and alumni. I felt that the atmosphere there is more competitive and less collaborative. Now this is not at all uncommon in Asia and my asian friends would agree here with me. MBA is Asia is relatively new but is definitely growing at a rapid pace. I think in a few years Asian schools would become as international (student diversity) and as collaborative as the European and American (diversity - nah!) b-schools. But for now that did not work for me.
I also applied to a business school in China - Tsinghua University and which btw is considered the MIT of China. I did a tremendous amount of research and homework on this, as you can imagine, studying in a country like China can be quite intimidating for a non-chinese. The school was suggested by one of my mentors. I even started learning mandarin for that. But again, I learnt from students and alumni that I definitely had to struggle and work enormously if i wanted to establish a career in China! So even after being interviewed by the school, i dropped the idea. (On a side note: Mandarin is a brilliant language and i recommend everyone to try to learn it. There are very few languages with as much cultural tie-up as Mandarin).
Now to the million dollar question - Why did I choose to apply to IESE?
Here are my top 5 reasons:
1. Diversity - IESE is an international program with a diverse student body. Students come from around 55 different countries and from various fields - from fashion designing to biomedical engineering.
2. Reputation - Isn't that obvious? well ofcourse but I am not the person who just goes by rankings. High rankings are good but they are even better if it fits your need!
3. Location - The first country I took off my list of places where I could do my MBA was Canada. Why? Because its cold. I am not a fan of chilly winters and even living in NJ for the past 5 years have not made me appreciate it. So for a person who loves warm places and loves beaches - Barcelona is a dream.
4. Student community - Of the b-school student community that i've interacted with there was no school with such an active and helpful student community as that of IESE. They were always ready to talk and ready to help.
5. Case Study Method - IESE is a case study based school which means that at least 80% of the classes are case-based. I love case studies and i would prefer it any day over a boring lecture! But in order to be 100% sure I attended a sample case study presentation organized by the school and needless to say I was sold!
One additional reason: The Assessment day - The AD was an event that has become a part of IESE's admissions process since 2008. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and was rather impressed by the measures that the school took to make sure they have a great incoming class. The day screamed of team work and collaboration. This was the day that i decided that if i get admitted I'm going to IESE.
So that was my b-school selection story. I would also love to hear yours, if you have already selected your schools or would love to hear your reasoning if you are in the process of selecting b-schools. So go ahead and post your views or stories in the comment section.
Cheers and have a great rest of the week!
Monday, March 15, 2010
- My MBA Application Journey - From GMAT prep to Acceptance
- IESE Interview Report
- IS my GMAT score good enough
- hari for mba
- IESE Assessment Day
- Preparing for admissions interview
- gmatfix review
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Nick Vujicic for inspiring me when i was low. (Check this out)
Guy Kawasaki for sharing his knowledge and teaching me a lot.
My apologies for making this post so long. If there is one take-away from my MBA application journey (apart from persistence) that I'd cherish life long is this acquired addiction of Blogging. So I'll be back here soon with another post.
Till then, hang in there and have fun!