My Business School Journey

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

And then there were three...

I’ve narrowed down my choices to Kellogg, Stanford and Michigan. The important factors were a general management program with a collaborative, team environment. My interestests are in marketing and social entrepreneurship, and all three of these programs have strengths in these areas. I ruled out the remaining schools for the following reasons.
  • Harvard - as attractive as the HBS name is, I was finally able to dissect the program aside from its name. I was honest with myself and realized that this was not a program that I would thrive in.
  • Duke - I've heard wonderful things about Duke and know that I would have loved it, BUT it's program is similar to Kellogg's and Michigan's. If admitted to all three, I know that I would have select K or M over Duke...so why apply
  • Tuck - the small, team-environment is very attractive to me, BUT the location is not. Some may say this silly, but for me, the location is an important aspect of school. Moving to a colder location that is two hours from the nearest airport scares me. I picture myself as Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
  • Wharton - As much as they have strong programs outside of Finance, everything about my experiences at Wharton, or with alumni or current students, screams FINANCE

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Narrow Down Your List Please!

My co-worker has turned into my “quasi” b-school coach. She graduated from Columbia Business School in 2003 and is a big cheerleader for Columbia and business school in general. I talked to her about my choices. She tells me that I have way too many schools. She adamantly suggests that I narrow the number down to 2 or 3 schools. She said if I truly know what I want from an MBA program, then there should only be 2 to 3 schools that fit that. She said that everyone she knew who applies to two or less got in to all, while those that applied to three or more did not. She applied to Columbia and Wharton and got in to both! I think she has a point so I decide to narrow the list down.