Most of my days starts with realizing how exciting is the day’s agenda and it happened today as well. I rushed to the 08:10 meet-up with my case study group for the final review of our approach. The spirited deliberations are in contrast to the calm of the green spaces, the main building offers.
The first class starts with the professor taking 15 minutes out to clear conceptual doubts on the assigned theory read-up we swotted the previous evening. The professor then quickly opens the floor for the case – Economics of Ethanol Business. The first arguments are quickly followed by vehement scrutiny by the cohort. As an IITian I rely on theoretical frameworks for my proposition on how the market would guide the equilibrium between crop for food versus crop for fuel. My argument was countered by a pragmatic peer who worked as an Area Sales Manager with Mahindra & Mahindra and has considerable ground-level experience in supply-chain management, especially in rural and remote areas. The professor had been listening to the deliberation quietly for 30 minutes before he chimed in to change the direction of the discourse. I am really excited about the bonds being forged over such discussions with my formidable peers.
After that interesting parley, I took off for a chai that’d pick-me-up for the upcoming session on my elective on commodity derivatives. This part of the day is stimulating as I gather hands-on experience at the Bloomberg terminal, processing the available voluminous data into bankable insights and carrying the conviction by taking mock positions on the bourse. I feel strong about the elective I chose for my MBA in Food & Agribusiness. It’s almost 1 and I am starving. Before the final class, I take a quick bite at the food court.
After the final class it seems the whole university moves to the nerve center of PU — the library floor. More than the behemoth size of the library the incessant smell of coffee inspires me with awe. We have split amongst ourselves the initial reading of the cases for tomorrow’s classes. While working on the case study on forward integration in agribusiness we detoured to a possibility where product trials happen first in the Metaverse. I just love the spice market flavor of the library and the thought trains we take, stimulating our intellectual vitality.
I don’t like to leave the library but it’s time to build some appetite so I along with the whole pack hit the basketball court. We have a practice match today with the triumphant Blue Excaliber, we all are hoping to be the victorious in the forthcoming PU Sports Week Basketball Championship.
It’s almost 9 in the evening, it was an amazing practice match followed by a leisurely dinner at the mess. I head back to the main building to meet with the HoD of Food & Agribusiness to talk over about the business networking event happening on Saturday. After that, I’d burn a little midnight oil covering the reading material for the next day. I am confident that the intellectual and physical challenges I endure every day at PU are the building blocks of a grounded and foresighted business leader in me.