A call from IIM-A…a placement with Deutsche Bank…and an impeccable academic record… such accomplishments constitute the most dire desires for most of us. But not if you’re Hardik Wadhwa, the SRCC prodigy who achieved glorious success with them all. Read on as CKK chats with him and tries to decipher the mind of this genius.
1. How does it feel getting through to IIM Ahmedabad?
The feeling is amazing. It is no less than a dream come true. However the unparalleled joy is slowly giving way to reality, as I realise how challenging life is at IIM Ahmedabad. I hope to channelise this excitement and optimism into substantial effort here and strive towards the goals I came here for.
2. What role has SRCC played in shaping your personality?
My second home for the three years of graduation has played a tremendous role in making this possible. Be it the knowledge imbibed in classes or the learning that takes place in the activities and events of various societies, SRCC has taught me a lot that will stay with me forever. The people around are a source of inspiration and learning too, and there’s a reason why SRCC is at the top; experiencing SRCC life made me believe it.
3. How did you plan your preparations for CAT?
Instead of rigid planning, I first thought of getting rid of the fear that the exam creates in one’s mind. After clearing certain important concepts, regular practice tests really helped me. I never restricted myself to a defined strategy as it jettisons the flexibility with which one is able to prepare for a wide-scoped exam like CAT, bounding analytical and logical thinking – the most significant part of solving questions of all sections. Through regular practice, the fear turns to curiosity and backs one fully to take the exam and excel at it.
4. How would you link Economic (H) and MBA?
My graduation in economics has familiarised me with comprehensive theories which are based on aspects of the real world which are pertinent everywhere, and MBA will be the right platform to apply those concepts and gain more knowledge on how the corporate world functions. A management professional is one who looks at every situation from several angles before reaching a solution, and the learning in an MBA will not only give a holistic approach to my perspective but also drive me further to excel as a Leader. It will augment my knowledge and experience in my proven area of expertise, and help me specialise in many more.
5. What is a better choice in your opinion- post graduation or campus placement?
There is not a single choice between the two which can be called the right one. It all depends on the interest of the individual, and what his/her future goals are. Circumstances might also play a role in making the choice, but it is a hard decision to make when you have both the good choices in front of you. The post graduation has to be considered in terms of its suitability to career goals and its value addition, and it has to be weighed against the profile, package and exit options of a campus placement. But the choice, as significant it might be, works out well if it is a well thought-out decision.
6. Getting placed into a super dream Company and getting admitted to the topmost B-school are the two major dreams for a SRite. Most of us only make it to either. But you achieved both of them. How did you make it possible?
There really is no secret to it. I just try to make the most of any opportunity and learn as much as I can, and I have followed the same philosophy in school and in college. Making it into SRCC from a distinguished Delhi school was an achievement in itself three years back, and further making the most of SRCC is what has really helped me be here today. And I have only SRCC and the people around to thank for that.
7. Developing your personality, managing societies and faring extremely well in academics- How have you been able to strike a balance between all these?
The balance is not to be the best in all, but strive to be consistent in whatever one does. We have some amazing professors at SRCC, hence there is some buffer time which can be devoted to extra curriculars and other society activities. Every person at SRCC aims to do well in all aspects, and most of them are successful in their endeavours. It is important that one keeps trying and working hard towards holistic growth.
8. Who has been your guiding light? Who is that one person whom you have looked up to?
I have read several inspirational stories of those who have made it to IIM-Ahmedabad. There is not just one inspiration for this success – several SRCC seniors and numerous others have proved to be a source of motivation. Friends and family also contributed to this success, and I am grateful to them for supporting me to reach here.
9. What piece of advice would you like to give to all the MBA aspirants?
The first hurdle is to overcome the exam scare. CAT shall remain a distant dream if the same persists. Where the going gets tough and hope is lost, the resolution should be to take that one extra step. Studying with your heart and soul is what leads to positive learning and results. There will be setbacks, however, they should be tackled and overcome with perseverance, consistency and hard work. The key is to enjoy the journey of learning.
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