Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz
This week, we bring you the latest from business school applicants as they sound off on life in the trenches.
A great Haas coffee chat — MBA Miles had fun, made new friends and cemented his desire to go to Haas at the school’s recent meet-and-greet in Bangalore. Some key take-aways from the experience: Haas really has a laid-back, California casual approach to business; the entrepreneurship bug is rampant and students have multiple avenues for participating; a break down of the points and bid system for electives…an approach MBA Miles quite liked.
That’s some pre-MBA itinerary! — TienyChesney has plans to visit San Francisco, Australia, Canada, London and China before embarking on his Columbia MBA in the fall. Despite his destination-a-month plan to stave of severe job hatred, TienyChesney is entertaining thoughts of quiting to become a sweater-folder at J.Crew. Anyone else out there feel the same?
Whiling away the wait time — Maxwriter checks in with his first post of the year after a couple of mini-vacations to Ranchi and Ahmedabad. Although a search for a summer internship is underway, Maxwriter acknowledges that the global recession will soon be hitting India’s shores in earnest. With scholarships drying up and the prospect of a $150 thousand loan on his head come graduation from Columbia, Maxwriter admits he’s got plenty of problems to think about.
Major congrats are in order — B-School Bound shared exciting news last week with the announcement that he’s been accepted to the Goizueta Business School…with a full scholarship! After posting the previous day about the agony of being on three “weight lists”, the joy must be flowing now.
Tips from Kellogg alumni — Managing Magic recently met with a Kellogg interviewer and other assorted alumni, where he garnered some valuable tips over drinks. The number #1 tip? Be prepared for American weirdness. Go figure…
Is it suicide to do an MBA now? — Omne can’t believe the threads on the BusinessWeek forums these days, which say if you’re not in at a top six school — Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Chicago Booth, Kellogg or MIT Sloan — you might as well not go, since you’ll be screwed after graduation and won’t get any job offers. His response? “I’ll be damned if I let a few cautious stories scare me.”
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