It’s 8:30am and I have overslept. My class begins in 15 minutes and my dorm mate is already at the door, knocking furiously before rushing off to the mess. I get ready and dash to class. I manage to just about make it before the professor shuts the door. Since I am the last person to enter the class, I am the first one to get picked out for case study questions. Thanks to the couple of hours I put in with my study group before dozing off, I am able to deflect questions with relative ease. The class gets involved and we have a heated but interesting case discussion. The professor orchestrates the discussion, a witty comment here and a reprimand there. She ends the class in 75 minutes. We break for snacks. One needs chai, poha, vada pav or bread pakoda to stay alert and energetic through two more sessions. The classes end at 1:15pm and everyone waits for the delicious mess food.
The dreaded quiz is announced and everyone rushes to get that important 45 minutes of preparation done. The quiz gets over and we take stock of the to-do list for the day. A couple of assignments are to be submitted by midnight and three cases are to be prepared for next day’s class. Not bad. I now have to rush for my meeting with other student committee members in charge of organising the management fest.
The institute prides itself in organising international level fests that are entirely run by students and this year we have been entrusted with the task to put things together for the event. We brainstorm, make calls, shoot off mails and break by 5pm to grab a bite at Ram Bhai (one of the many eateries on campus).
I then head off to the basketball court. An hour of ball dribbling on the court helps me unwind. I notice a poster of a new play being staged by students and am tempted to attend. I head for the RJM Auditorium to simply have a good time. I sacrifice an hour of sleep for this indulgence but the play is worth it. I head to my room and take a quick shower. I grab my books and head towards the library.
It’s 7pm now and it is five hours to beat the case study deadline. Everybody in the group is from a different background and each one participates in the discussion, contributing with his or her comments.
It’s dark, almost 11pm by my watch but the campus is still lively, far from being asleep. We gather for a game of flying disc or frisbee on the famed LKP lawns. After cheering and jeering, we head back to the library to finish off the case preparation for the following day.
Its 2am, past midnight and there’s one last task that I need to finish before dawn - it’s to pen an article about my life at IIM Ahmedabad.
A student’s life on campus is hectic but fun. It’s different for different people. I try my best to put my thoughts together on a typical day of a student, email the piece and doze off.
The author is second-year PGP student at IIM Ahmedabad
Coordinated by Rozelle Laha