Thursday, April 16, 2009

In pursuit of MBA, UK!

I was sitting near one of the gates in Abu Dhabi airport, waiting for my connecting flight to the United Kingdom. The Airport Lounge was crowded, No seats were available, I was sitting there on the floor, not having much to do than to look at other people walking around, and it was in the middle of the night that we landed here from Chennai. I started to think about the events of the day.

Earlier that day...

It was my first journey without my family, that too outside the country, away from all the people I know. I did see my parents and some of my relative smiling and waving out to me, I knew they were happy for me, but I could see my parents eyes feeling my departure, they have never been without me for a long period of time. It would have been painful for them.

Why UK?

MBA in UK has been something that was always inside me. The seeds for that go a long way back to my class 6th; I must have been around 10 at that time. My dad used to talk about how he wanted to study and was not able to because of his financial constraints and no one to support him. He wanted me to do an MBA in the London (UK). That was one of his wishes for a long time and I think it was there always. He always wanted me to get a degree in the UK.

Over the years it was not totally forgotten, I always remembered it, but I should say I never worked towards it. I was not much at studies. Got through school and somehow got into a college in Chennai. By then my parents wished that I would complete my studies properly. I did not think about UK or anything, just kept going with the flow.

After joining iGATE, about 1 and half years went by working my ass out as like many other people in the IT industry. When I again started thinking about doing the MBA in UK. When my friend told that he also wanted to do it, we decided to take it up seriously and work towards it. When we voiced this choice of ours two more of my friends decided to join in, of which one of them got married and other did come to the UK but is in a different university but it sure did have a lot of funny incidents in between and a lot of argument and a lot of time that we four spend applying to the universities and everything. May be another time I will go into the details of all that.

Well I had not told my parents about my decisions for now, I wanted to get the admission to a university and show it to them that I can do it. Because my dad or in fact my parents though that I would never get to do anything like this and they were accepting what their son was. I don’t know how much they would appreciate me putting all this up but still it just keeps flowing out.

Hurdles...

Well my first hurdle to the application process was my consolidated mark sheet which I did not have and time was running out for the application process, I was desperate to get it. I had gone to Madras University to which my college was affiliated to and spend numerous afternoons there trying my luck to get the mark sheet, which seems to be a literally impossible task. And do you know why? They had closed the department and gone for paper correction to some unknown place and will be back only after a month! Well what else to do other than wait for it. Well when they did come back they just were not bothered about it and did not give much consideration they told me to give a request and a money order and wait for it. Well I did give it, after a week or so went back asking for it, and their answer was it will come in a month or so. My, these people were quiet fast in working. That is when I had to tell my parents about me going to UK and asked for my mom to help me out with the certificate. My mom is one impressive person who can get things done, I don’t know if it is because of her innocent face, or what, but she manages to get the things done. Well as I should have guessed the following week I had the Mark sheet with me and I was in the process of applying for the universities.

All this while unknown to me my parents though that I would could never get into a university in the UK or at least a good one. Well when my admissions started coming in my dad tried to talk me out of it saying, it will not be possible for you to do it. And my mom was like “don’t leave your work and go”, many of my friends also told me not to leave my work and go after this “stupid” dream of mine. But I was adamant, I definitely wanted to go. I had made up my mind.

By then I had narrowed down on the University that I wanted to be in and told my dad about it, He was impressed by the university that I had got. Not that it is a big thing to many people but to him it was certainly big. He was proud of me. It felt nice to make him feel proud of something that I had done, especially because it was one of the first times that I had actually made him feel that way with respect to my academics.

Still he was not entirely convinced that I could go away along and be there, and study. He told me how difficult it is going to be, and MBA is not an easy job. We spend a number of nights just talking about the difficulties that I would face if i left home. He told me it’s not an easy world out there. But at the end of it, my answer was always the same, I am going. If I am going to go through a difficult phase, put it on me. I want to experience it. How long do you think I can live under your wings? You cannot protect me always, though I know you will be there for anything and everything, whatever I do, right or wrong, you will always support me. As my mom said once when I was broken because of a certain incident in my life, “Why are you worrying? We are there for you as your two hands”. I just had tears in my eyes at that point. Even now there is as I write about this incident.

Abu Dhabi airport...

I hear the announcements again, they are calling for boarding the flight to London Heathrow, I gather up my stuff which is a laptop back pack and a Leather jacket, getting ready to board the flight, for the next leg of my journey...
The rest of the story soon...

4 comments:

almostinfamous said...

good going da :)

best of luck for the course ahead

Arun Thilak said...

All the best machan !

welsh_girl_liz said...

i am waiting for the next chapter i really thought it was intresting and ure very brave it is a big leap to go half way cross the world from your loved ones you are full of passion i love that. x

Lewis said...

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