Ufff…!!!! MBA ….Sleepless nights, presentations, case studies, group discussions, fear of interviews!!!

These are the feelings which one goes through before joining a B-School. When we joined MBA in Financial Planning (MBA-FP) at International College of Financial Planning (ICFP), we thought our life will be tedious and stressful. All excitement will come to end for these two years.

First day at college, when we were informed about the schedule of our forthcoming foundation classes, starting from 9 till 5 p.m, I was distressed……..

However, What we believe is always not true. These thoughts went into a trash box.

Initially, when our foundation classes started ……all the classmates would seriously attend the classes, we even didn’t speak to each other during breaks. To break the ice..What could be a better start than a blast…!!!

We are talking about dance, music, food, drinks, games and much more… Oh Yes…!!!! You guessed it right … It’s Fresher’s party…nothing could be better than this to know each other …

Fresher’s party was a fun-filled affair…It was an ice breaking session for all of us. We made new friends not just with our classmates but with the students of other MBA programs too… It gave us a motivation to come to college and attend our classes with full enthusiasm.

We now had a packed schedule of classes running………. Time Value of Money, Retirement planning numerical had taken a toll on our head. However, fun during personality development sessions, comic plays…were really a stress buster.

Another break from studies came when the announcement of Sports Day was made!!! Wow!!! Cricket, Badminton, races…reminded us of our school days…Sports Day was a fabulous event enjoyed by all of us.

At a professional college, we cannot only have fun and do parties all the time…Obviously; we do have regular classes and presentations also. But being Indian students, we found another escape (from studies) at Diwali. Though the college name is International, but it follows Indian festivals. Diwali being the biggest and brightest festival of India is celebrated at ICFP in desi style. We all organised “DIWALI MELA” where various stalls of eatables, games, etc…were put up by us. Similarly, the Christmas party was organized with same excitement and zeal…..

After the semester I examinations, it was time for the mega event of ICFP- TARANG. One of the most memorable times of the college was preparing and performing at this event. We explored our talents through dancing, singing, acting……TARANG helped us to overcome stage fear, speaking in front of public, and built self confidence…

Last but not the least…the most cherished and treasured time towards the end of semester II was the amazing trip to Rishikesh…We really enjoyed river rafting  and staying in tents ….. For many of us, it was a first time experience staying in tents that too on a river bank….The trip ended but the memories will stay forever with us.

It is truly said that that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. An overtaxed mind loses all social spirit making the personality dull. On the other hand, a combination of studies with recreation will make one a properly balanced person.

The life at ICFP cannot be put into words but to end I would just say “ICOFP” is the best college. ICFP offers a perfect blend of discipline, studies, fun activities and entertainment. The one year journey at ICFP has by far been one of the most memorable and inspiring time of our life. In the last one year, we never felt that we were doing such a rigorous program with such fun activities and events. These events and activities were a great platform to socialize, develop confidence which teaches team work and eventually make us a better individual.

ICFP in last one year has given us the best of everything – the best teachers, best guidance, best friends, and above all the best memories. Apart from studies, the exposure this college provides through extracurricular activities is tremendous.

This article is written by Sushil Kumar, Priyanka Gupta, Dimpy Gusain, Shashank Kaushik & Gaurav Singh

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