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"Life's Different Here... My First Experience at XIMB"

- by Sapna Mohata *

As I entered the XIM campus on the 16th of June 2004, the heart was filled with hopes and eyes with curiosity and I was looking forward to possibly, the two most important years of my life so far.

It was nice meeting people from different backgrounds, someone who has worked on 'Bramhos' project in DRDO or someone who has two memory records in his name in Limca Book of Records or someone with thirteen years of work experience. (It actually becomes a cause of anxiety and awe).

We were welcomed to the institute with a 3-day long orientation program; wherein we had a lot of fun playing games and engaging in collage-making, skits, etc. These group activities helped us to know each other better, and of course, our initial lessons of teamwork, coordination had begun.

As we got to know each other, came in picture the seniors as their classes were beginning from 19th June. Then there was a slightly longer period of interaction with them - learning about the customs, traditions of the place, the values that a XIMBian cherishes, etc. etc. And amidst different learnings we had, the most special was about the grand birthday celebrations. The celebration that begins with kicks (or b'day bumps, to sound better) is followed by bath not just with water (dunking) but also with cold drinks, especially Coke (I don't know if it has anything to do with Coke's strategy of market expansion). The cream of the cake acts as a face cream, and yes, we also sing a melodious birthday song that seems to be the only respite for the XIMBian born on that day.

The next unique feature of ours is the JLT (Just Like That) parties that we organize time and again to keep pace with the hectic schedules (Work hard and play harder is the philosophy out here). And how can I miss the continual pop-up messages that help gossips spread like fire and also help us in locating a lost member during group assignments and for this, the credit goes to our LAN network.

But, then suddenly, silence before the storm was over. Amidst the informal learnings and fun, we started getting the shocks by way of narrow deadlines for assignments or an overnight rendezvous with Kotler for a marketing quiz the next day. I now realize what nights are meant for - submission of assignments, preparation for the quizzes (though the next day, the question paper seems to be written in a foreign language, as an unfolded mystery). Thanks to the chat at coffee table at 1:00 a.m. or game of badminton or tennis at 3 a.m. in the morning, that help us to keep the eyelids open at night. However, many of my friends try compensating for the same by dozing in the class.

It is amazing to see that amidst such tight schedules, most of our seniors have other commitments too, thanks to the plethora of student committees we have. Each committee is unique in itself, contributing a lot. As the finance committee, X-FIN recently held a panel discussion 'Budget Analysis 2004' on a grand scale with dignitaries from RBI, SBI, NALCO and Verve Consulting attending it. Even, we have started assisting them in these activities as will be amply evident from my signature at the bottom of this piece.

Life has become really different, its all about meeting the deadlines every now and then, time management as they say is the biggest challenge and you definitely miss many a things.

I had never thought that I will ever feel home-sickness, but now I really miss everyone, my family, my home-city - which is better known as the Pink City - and of course, the delicious food at home (thanks to the food of the mess, but nothing new as this feature is universally applicable to all hostels).

So, it's all being an attempt to keep pace with life.

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