RSB Chennai Campus Life: Classroom sessions are a mixed bag of learning and fun, tells Harshith Kumar
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RSB Chennai Campus Life - The learning environment at a business school is one of the most important things for the students and Rajalakshmi School of Business, Chennai, happens to be just perfect for it. Harshith Kumar A., a PGDM student at the institute, shares his experience about how is life at RSB campus. In a conversation with Careers360, Harshith tells us about how the environment at the campus, classroom sessions, and corporate trips have helped him in improving his confidence level and transform him into a better individual. Read the complete conversation to know how is life at RSB campus in Chennai.  


Careers360: How is the campus life at "Rajalakshmi School of Business"? What's the daily routine? Is it all packed up in a routine or equally divided between fun and study? 
While I had my own apprehensions on the day I joined RSB as to what I can expect, I must admit it's been a great experience here. Our day starts at 8.45 am when we have our college bus picks us up from our hostels and in 10 minutes we reach our campus. We head straight for breakfast followed by classes starting at 9.30 am. It's great to be taught by expert faculty who are well experienced in helping and guiding us throughout the day. The PGDM program is extremely rigorous with classes from 9.30 am to 5 pm. The classroom sessions are a mixed bag with a lot of learning and fun throughout the day. There are cases to analyse, presentations to be made, solving problems and getting to understand every aspect of the business. In short, it’s value for money which no other B-School offers.

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Careers360: Does your college organise corporate trips or casual college trips? If yes, share the experience. 
Classroom sessions alone spread across two years is definitely not going to add value. We’ve had the experience of visiting a manufacturing unit, attending conferences (only select students though), and a fun trip to Kodaikanal at the end of our first year. This trip helped us break the ice and gel with our seniors. Apart from the fun we had, it opened up a lot for me to interact with my seniors which has been a great platform for my placement preparation. We will be having one more such trip at the end of our programme and I’m looking forward to it. The upcoming junior batches are going to benefit immensely from the international trip offered at no cost to them. (Lucky chaps).

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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.
Clubs and Committees are synonymous with any B-School and RSB is no exception. The clubs that we have are 1. Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development Club 2. Anthro Dynamik (HR) Club 3. Movie Club 4. Finance Club, to name a few. Working on research projects, real-time business cases, organising quiz contests, and fun activities are some of the perks of being a member of these clubs. If you are exceptionally good, faculty have encouraged us to co-author papers and also make paper presentations in management conferences. Of course, we also have a Student Life committee, Placement Committee, Admissions Committee etc. to help us enrich our learning. 


Careers360: Tell us something about your college's cultural fests, business/sports competitions or other activities.
Considering that RSB is a relatively new 4-year old B-School, we’ve not yet had the opportunity to conduct our own cultural festival or any competitions. This is the only aspect where I felt I missed out. But to compensate for the same, RSB management has given us various opportunities to participate in other B-School fests. I understand that from the next year, RSB will also be organising a management fest.  


Careers360: What do you do when you are not studying or not attending classes?
It’s in this context that my faculty have inculcating the habit of reading in us. Apart from working on group assignments, analysing business cases, preparing for my next day’s classes I have started reading a lot of books and magazines related to business. Believe me, this has helped me improve to my confidence level and transform me into a better individual. Reading newspapers tremendously each day has become a habit if not an addiction.
After all this, I still find time to watch movies, hang out with my friends and never miss an opportunity to party with friends.


Careers360: Tell us about the fun spots at the campus?
Considering that we share our campus with RIT (Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology) engineering students, the campus always is a live wire and the college canteens, library and classrooms are the places where we spend most of the time. 


Careers360: Tell us something about the hostel life at RSB? 
Initially, we had our hostels close to our campus (just a 10-minute walk) with twin sharing accommodation. However, we’ve now moved to the REC (Rajalakshmi Engineering College) another Rajalakshmi Group College campus hostel which is about 6 kms away spread across 100 acres. There’s a lot of greenery with sports and recreational facilities making our stay very pleasant. While the food is as good as any other college hostel, please moderate your expectations and don’t expect home cooked food. Whenever you want to step out of your hostel and go to the main entrance (say for a tea or dinner or wanting to buy something), you need to walk for at least kilometre. Thanks to RSB for helping me stay fit and healthy as I go out every day. 


Careers360: Tell us about the placement process/experience?

While compared to the previous batches, we’ve had the benefit of having a lot of new companies participating in placements this year. It's been a tough one month wherein we compete not only with our batchmates, but also students from other B-Schools because all companies want multiple campuses to fill up their vacancies. RSB also offers the option of applying to one’s dream company even after one has already received an offer - a luxury which most B-Schools don't offer. 


Careers360: What was the interview experience? What were the questions you were asked and how did you tackle them?
Wearing a Business suit and facing an interview panel itself has been a memorable moment. One thing that I realised during Placements is that it’s all about selling yourself during the interview. You become a product and the interviewer becomes the customer who has plenty of options to choose from.
Considering the number of students available for placements, most of the companies start with an online test. Logical reasoning, verbal ability, quantitative techniques, analytical skills are some parameters companies use for evaluation. Post the test if you are shortlisted, you will have to go through a GD (Group Discussion) followed by functional/HR interviews. Some companies follow a case study presentation too. The Corporate Relations team will organise various training programs to help you prepare well and succeed in your placements.
From the commencement of Placements until you get an offer, you need to have a strong heart with loads of patience and confidence levels need to be extremely high all the time. Honestly, I have learnt a lot of life lessons to overcome challenges and absorb pressure.  


Careers360: The new batch will join shortly after you graduate. What would be your message to the juniors?
Keep yourself motivated all the time and don't lose motivation after internship which usually happens. Always be proactive and participate in every competition, inside and outside the college. Read lots of books, newspapers and magazines(online or offline) and watch a lot of business-related movies. Once you are placed, don’t give up learning.

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