In many ways, ESSEC Global Bachelor of Business Administration (GBBA) third-year student, Ishita Goel is just like any other 20-year-old student. She enjoys cycling, sports like basketball and swimming, cafe-hopping, and hanging out with her friends in her free time. How does the aspiring finance professional manage to keep her social life while still getting on ESSEC GBBA’s coveted Dean’s List each semester?
Was the Dean’s list part of your plan? Why?
I heard about the Dean’s List even before officially starting at ESSEC, and I decided then that I wanted to be on it. When I researched the exchange programs that ESSEC offers, I wanted to do mine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), but I also found out that it is one of the toughest to get a place in. I realized that I’d have to maintain my position on the Dean’s List to achieve it — and I am proud to say I’ve succeeded. I will be joining NUS for my exchange in January 2022.
You’ve been on the Dean’s List for three semesters and counting. Is it challenging to maintain this?
To be honest, if you manage your schedule well, you will find time to do the work and spend time with your friends. I have noticed that each course at ESSEC is structured to help you maximize your learning outcomes and that if I consistently pay attention in class, I won't need to spend as much time revising later.
It was challenging when the pandemic first started as I was back in my home country doing online classes. The time difference meant that classes started at 6.30am for me. Thankfully, the professors were very understanding and helpful. Besides staying after class to help answer questions, they also scheduled extra sessions to clarify my doubts about different topics.
Your parents must be very proud. How do they feel about your accomplishments?
I am very close to my parents, so they knew how much I wanted to make it to the Dean's List. The first time I told them, they jumped with excitement, and I could see how happy and proud they were. I'm so glad that I have made them proud.
What are the changes you have seen in yourself since joining ESSEC?
I used to be very shy, so presenting in front of so many people would be something that made me nervous. Thanks to the multiple group projects in ESSEC, my confidence level has increased drastically — I would go as far as to say that I actually love presenting now. Getting on the Dean’s List also boosted my confidence because it showed me that I could achieve things if I put my mind to it.
What words of wisdom do you have for other aspiring Dean’s List students?
We are always told in advance about deadlines and upcoming projects, so list down the tasks to do and prioritize them according to the urgency and time needed for each. I also personally like to change my study location from time to time to keep things fresh.
Ultimately, my advice is always to keep your goals in mind, stay motivated, believe in yourself, and try to manage your time so that you don't have to give up on having fun.