It is true that the path leading to a Top Business School is long and difficult. But once got selected, an exhilarating journey starts thereon. Although not a bed of roses, the life of an MBA student at a globally Leading Business School is both exciting as well as pleasant. In a candid interview with Careers360, Sudhanshu Datta, MBA student at Cambridge Judge Business School, shares his experience of being a student at one of the elite business schools of the world. He talks about his life at Judge as an international student and gives advice to prospective students aiming to do their MBA abroad at a Top Business School.
How would you portray a day of an MBA student at Cambridge Judge?
It’s a tough programme as it is just a 12-month long course. Our classes start at 9 everyday so I leave home by 8.30, we have classes till 5.30 pm everyday with an hour and a half lunch break. After 5.30 pm, we usually have career presentations or group work or social events. I usually reach home around 8 pm if it isn’t a really busy day and then have readings to do for next day. So I hit the bed around 12 midnight to 1 am. Hence, as you can see it is a tough programme and a lot happens simultaneously so time management and prioritization is the key.
What are the challenges of being an International Student at Cambridge Judge?
I think Judge does a great job of holding regular webinars before we land up and we had a Facebook page wherein last year’s students helped us a great deal in what to expect and how to settle in well. So I came in 10 days before the programme started to ensure all admin work etc was done before the programme started. The most important things are to get a bank account opened, registration at NHS, student rail card etc, which I sorted before the programme started. So I suggest that students should come in slightly early to have such issues sorted.
Share something about the student crowd and the general environment at Cambridge Judge.
At Judge, we have 141 students from 44 countries and that is just Judge. But Judge sits in the middle of one of the best universities in the world so you get to interact with undergrads, PhDs, Post Docs etc. It’s an amazing and magical place where you might end up having dinner with someone who is doing research in a subject diametrically opposite to yours, where you might just catch Stephen Hawking, where you might catch an Ex or current head of state at the Cambridge Union Society debating on issues impacting the world etc â¦.
It’s a very collaborative and helpful environment. You will find help at every stage and the focus is on learning. Everyone is extremely approachable so it’s a very friendly and sharing sort of culture.
What is the Indian representation in your batch?
We have around 10 Indians in a batch of 141. Judge is very careful of having a really diverse classroom and I am happy that we have decent strength of Indians and at the same time the class is not crowded with people from only one nationality.
What kind of extracurricular opportunities are there in Cambridge Judge? Is there any possibility of working while studying?
Huge amount of extracurricular opportunities; everyone should give a shot to rowing if they chose to come here. But, Judge MBA is such a tough and intense programme that I don’t think it is feasible to work while studying.
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