My First Stipend: Summer Internship Experience of Welingkar Student

 | July 31,2012 10:21 am IST

You know how you always wonder about the day u will receive your 1st pay-check, how you will buy everything you ever wanted but couldnt, and how you will pamper yourself left, right and centre, since it is your own hard-earned money. Well, my first pay cheque was supposed to be about all that and much more until the time I received it, and boy, the entire logic went upside down!

Blame it on the entire growing-up phase or the sheer love for my folks (or maybe the fact that even I was earning money like them, ha!) that I actually asked my dad to not send me my one months house rent amounting to Rs 5000 out of my 7000 bucks stipend (yes, yes, its all about loving your parents I know!) and paid it myself.

A whole lot of strategy was involved while spending the balance 2k. Now as everyone knows how Ashish Jain, Welingkar Institute of Managementmuch I love my dearest sister (and no-one knows that she gave me a brand new levis tee from her own first stipend), brotherhood demanded that I return the gesture (read: favour) and I bought a brand new dazzling UCB tee for her (in sale) for 500 rupees.

Next I decided to get a 500 rupee note signed from my internship mentor and get it laminated as a mark of the start of my corporate journey ( come-on, it sounds so cool!!)

I was finally left with a thousand bucks. I mentally went through the list of things I always wanted to buy, sunglasses, watches, clothes, belt, et al, when suddenly I realised how much I missed my white school shoes (the ones we wore during sports lectures) since wearing those and running was the one thing I hadnt done ever since I started with my MBA. I went online and ordered impeccably white Converse shoes with a little red border all around them. They costed Rs 1100 but I got a 150 rupees discount (being an elite ICICI credit card holder) and bagged em for just Rs 950 thereby making a net saving of Rs 50.

I managed to please my parents and my sister, whom all said and done, I love more than my life. I had a cool memento signed by my mentor who was no less cool himself. I was happy with my lil white shoes that reminded me of my childhood and I was almost on the verge of opening a savings account with my Rs 50. It was money well spent!