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