Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Moving On...

Corpcom has given me something that nothing else ever had: SATISFACTION! For the past one year, I have done a lot of donkey work, formatting, copy pasting but I also had enough opportunity to be creative, to be free and I made full use of the so-called, “creative license”, i.e. I got to abuse people and be appreciated for that. Unlike most committees, this one is more of a self-motivated one: either you have it or you don’t, there is no two ways about it. No amount of jazzed up presentations, no amount of hard selling, no amount of luring can make you passionate about writing or designing. If you like doing it as a hobby, if you like doing it for yourself, you do it for college too. We are never in the spotlight, we don’t have funds, we don’t have computers or even a room, and we definitely don’t have too many exemptions for bunking lectures. But like I said, this is not the best way to pitch to 20-something juniors, awestruck by flash presentations and the glamour attached to certain other teams. We are the poorer cousins, the black sheep of the family, and yet, we offer the best in terms of quality work. The juniors run the show here with very little interference and lots of responsibility.

Last year, our seniors had a torrid time finding four new people and they picked most of us from different committees. So this year when we had as many as thirty five people applying, we were pleasantly surprised. We even had the luxury to conduct two rounds of interviews along with a written test. Man, we have come a long way!! I have attended a lot of interviews during my MBA entrance exams, and to put it mildly, it hadn’t been a very good experience. But for the first time, I was on the other side, and for the first time, the grass was definitely greener… for three nights we ripped apart the juniors, questioning and cross questioning, making them sing, making them dance on the table and draw and sell stuff: all of it spontaneously without much time to think. I don’t think I would have ever cracked such intense stress interviews. But these guys were good. I thought I wrote decently, but when I read some of the stuff they submitted in a short span of time, I was put firmly in my place… so after three sleepless nights, I am satisfied! We are ready to hand over the baton and sit back; no more editorials forced down our throats, no more boring GLs, no more 11th hour presentations… man, I am going to miss all of it!
But hey, having fun at the expense of juniors seems promising, if the interviews are anything to go by…

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