Life at SDA Bocconi Campus: A 24/7 Learning Experience, by Apeksha Kothari
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Ever wondered what’s everyday life like, at some of the top MBA colleges? In an endeavour to bridge the gap between the MBA aspirants and MBA aspirants, and to bring them closer to the reality of campus life, Careers360 speaks brings an all new account of Apeksha Kothari, a current student of SDA Bocconi Asia Centre, Mumbai as a part of its‘Life at Campus’ series.

A student of 2018-20 batch at SDA, Apeksha is an active member of MediaCom and TEDxBocconiUMumbai. She also sheds light upon the various conclaves, events and clubs which are a part of every student’s life at SDA Bocconi. While the routine can be hectic, there sure are ways to unwind in an around the interesting campus such as the various food spots, recreational areas amongst others, she enunciates.

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In this interview, Apeksha gives us a glimpse of life at her institute and takes us through her daily routine. Read on for insights in the life of a student at SDA Bocconi, Mumbai.

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Careers360: How is the campus life at SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai? What's the daily routine?

Apeksha: The campus life at SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Mumbai, has a unique appeal to it, which one would not find in a regular campus. Here in the campus, we have classrooms, recreational rooms, library and canteen on one floor in the Hiranandani Knowledge Park. While one could say that the campus is not huge like other conventional management institutions, what makes this stand out, is the close-knit family we get in the form of our batch.

A regular day for us students would be to have classes starting the morning at 9:30 AM. We have two lectures everyday divided by a lunch break in between. Most days, we have guest lectures from industry experts in Management, so that we keep in touch with practicality along with theory which is an important aspect of our curriculum. This is also one of the reasons of the placement of our campus which in the heart of Powai to surround ourselves with multiple giant organizations.

After the guest lectures, we have academic and non-academic club sessions, which their respective members attend. Post which, we can choose to stay at the college and work on our daily lessons or study our interest of specialization in general, which many of us do. Or else we can retire to the hostel and call it a day. The campus is 24/7 open to every student.

Careers360: Is it all packed up in a routine or equally divided between fun and study? Apeksha: The routine might seem very hectic in the initial months, but it is a lot of fun. When we feel tired, we can just go have some fun at the foosball table or go for a couple rounds at Table Tennis or carrom. The academic & non-academic clubs are to mix up that element of fun and study where we have peer to peer learning sessions, activities and in general just a fun time.

Careers360: What is the best thing about the campus, something that differentiates it from the other B-schools?

Apeksha: For me, the best thing about our campus would be that we find all our batch-mates on just one floor. The amount of knowledge we share amongst ourselves is amazing and at the same time, we build some really great connections which will last for a lifetime. We get to interact with some many people from different parts of India and around the world at such an intricate level, we learn to understand the minute differences and get along with everyone with extreme ease.

Careers360: Is there any club or committees at the campus? Are you a part of any club or committee? Share some of the activities and experience.

Apeksha: Yes, we have academic and non-academic clubs and two committees i.e the Placement Committee & the Media Committee. Academic Clubs are based on intended specializations like Marketing, HR, Finance, Consulting, Operations and the Business Technology Club. We also have a dedicated Luxury Club that focuses on the Luxury industry in India. Non-Academic Clubs are ToastMasters, Social Club & Cultural club. We also have serveral other committees like TEDxBocconiUMumbai which organizes annual TEDx event, Hult Prize committee which holds the international Hult Prize competition at the college & 180DC which is the largest student run consulting organization.

I am a part of MediaCom and TEDxBocconiUMumbai. I’m also a member of HR, Marketing and the Social Club. Academic Club sessions are generally a mixture of Learning and Development sessions where important and latest concepts in the respective fields are shared by our peers in the club and we also have activities like case studies or some group activities where we incorporate games to convey or understand theoretical concepts.

In Non-Academic clubs, ToastMasters International holds weekly sessions where we can hone our public speaking skills, Social Club which holds clean up drives and other social initiatives in association with other social organizations and cultural club organizes cultural events on festivals or other important occasions.

Careers360: Tell us something about your college's cultural fests, business/sports competitions or other activities.

Apeksha: An important aspect in every Business school would be its conclaves, and at SDA Bocconi Asia Center, we have multiple conclaves every year, where we have panel discussions on latest trends and topics in the business world. For these conclaves we host seasoned industrial experts from giant organizations to provide their inputs and share their experiences. The last one conducted was the Leadership Summit 2.0, where we had experts from Axis Bank, KPMG, TATA Power, Roche etc. Most of the conclaves are organized by the academic clubs based on their respective specializations for eg. The Operations club held Opsclave. We also have the Hult Prize committee which hold the Hult Prize in our campus. Moreover, the clubs have full freedom to hold B-School competitions as they like with thorough backing from the management team.

Careers360: What do you do when you are not studying or not attending the classes?

Apeksha: When in the campus, we hit the recreational area for some foosball, TT, carrom or chess. Outside of campus, Powai is a bustling spot for youngsters, we have some exciting food spots where one can relax after a busy day. For the sports enthusiasts, we have associations with nearby fields and sports centers where we can arrange for Football and Cricket on the weekends.

Careers360: There are always normal hangouts and few special hangouts like boys’ secret corridors or the secret corner. What are some such special spots at the campus?

Apeksha: It has to be the recreational room I believe, It’s the ultimate hangout spot whether we are playing a game there or not, we can just stay there, chat with our mates and just chill when we are at the campus.

Careers360: Tell us something about the hostel life? What makes it special from other hostels?

Apeksha: The boys hostel is extremely close to the college, at walking distance of maximum 5 minutes. The hostel rooms are fully furnished, well-kept and neat. The arrangement is quite modern and we have all the utilities required, air conditioner, water heater, a small refrigerator, automatic washing machines common for every floor, a common TV room etc. While we spend most of the time in college, the times we spend in the hostel with our pals will be memorable.

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