My RSM Experience - Shourya Rane

My RSM Experience - Shourya Rane


Name: Shourya Rane
Age: 19
Home city and country: Mumbai, India
Previous studies: Indian School Certificate at Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School

Why did you decide to do the IBA programme at RSM?

“Three aspects of the programme made it an obvious choice: the international approach, practicality and broad career prospects. Studying with students from 55 countries, learning about all the functional areas of the business, and working with a company in the first year, certainly sounded exciting.”


What is the most impressive thing in the programme so far?

“The most impressive would be how the courses are crafted. Every course is different in its own way, but somehow related to every other course. It’s like an interlinked wire mesh and every course aids you to understand the other courses.”


What are your fellow students like?

“I was expecting my classmates to be very competitive and reserved. But they are nothing like that. They are the most helpful, social, fun-loving and interesting people I have met. Just being a part of the class motivates you to work hard and dream big.”


What is a normal day like at RSM?

“On a weekday, it generally starts with lectures or workshops around 9:00 or 11:00, occasionally followed by another lecture or workshop. Then it’s time for lunch with friends, after which we mostly study. Evenings are for extracurricular activities like sports or associations. Weekends are mostly reserved for hanging out with friends and doing the assignments.”


What is life in Rotterdam like?

“One word: diverse. Rotterdam has tall skyscrapers, the weirdest yet unique modern architecture and at the same time, old Dutch houses, canals and boats. The urban, fast-paced life is contrasted by the calm, and serene life offered by the lakes and parks.”


What do you like best about living in the Netherlands?

“The people. Dutch, though direct and straight-forward, are warm, open-minded and inviting. They never make you feel like an outsider. For example, if you do not speak Dutch, they immediately switch to English and make sure you don’t feel comfortable.”


What advice would you give to future IBA students?

“Make sure to make as many friends as possible, have a lot of fun and at the same time, study hard. The first step would definitely be to join student associations – one academic-oriented association and one fun, sports- or any hobby-related association. Another must-do, get your I WILL picture taken!”


After the IBA programme, what does the future hold?

“After IBA, I would like to gain experience in diverse fields of management in a fast-moving consumer foods company through a 10-12-week internships or a graduate programme. Then I’ll decide what I would like to pursue in the future for my master degree. In the broader future, my aim is to have a good work-life balance and have no regrets in life.”