When you think of B Schools, you are often fixated on the functional knowledge of different domains. Throw in a few new age specializations and you have the recipe for a cutting edge program. Or do you? Adithi Chandrashekar, student of FLAME University had similar notions and perceptions till she picked Theatre as her Liberal Education course, which was part of her MBA program. It set the stage for her to blossom into a confident individual and the positive influence has spilled over into her professional journey as well. Here’s her take on Act 2.
What were your impressions and expectations when you enrolled for your MBA program?
To be honest, I had limited my perception of MBA to rigorous training with one aim – to get placed and better my career trajectory. By constantly competing with my own resume, I realized that I was discounting the human experience of college life. It made me see that growth in my personal life was equally important.
So how did the course in Theatre fit into the scheme of things and work towards your personal growth?
Well, I was asked to pursue a Liberal Education course as a part of my curriculum and I decided to go beyond my comfort zone. I had always wanted to do theatre in my life and chose to take the plunge. As we were functioning largely in virtual mode, perhaps the sense of security of acting on a tiny computer window gave me the courage. But I had the time of my life!
Can you tell us a bit about the experience and what did the course entail?
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience as I did things I had never done before. I was asked to yell in my own room, interpret abstract feelings by molding my body, visualize objects and express myself. I collaborated with my peers to develop the silliest of the acts and performed some of the most complex characters solo.
What was the big takeaway from the Theatre course for you?
I could see a new skill take form in me but the course was so much more than that. What amazed me the most was my ability to relate to some of the characters I played. I was inhabiting characters, whose lives I had never lived while discovering myself in the process. I don't know if I can call this therapy, but it didn't feel like the experience was any less than that.
Has the Theatre course transcended your personal growth and seeped its influence into your professional journey?
Oh definitely; I wish had gone beyond classroom learning and explored more, earlier. It would have made me a more confident person. But I see the difference now as the skills transfer into my regular classes. I express myself confidently and can empathize with those I work with. I will certainly take the theatre course next term and hope to always approach life with this growth mindset.