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Assume you were dating someone for 2 years and could see yourself getting married. Would you...

a) Go to Columbia and be a 1.5 hour drive away
b) Go to Stanford
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Assume you were dating someone for 2 years and could see yourself getting married. Would you...

a) Go to Columbia and be a 1.5 hour drive away
b) Go to Stanford


Not to turn GmatClub into a relationship advice column, but I would go to whatever school you've been accepted to that offers the best opportunity for your career. If s/he is committed to you for the long haul (marriage or otherwise), then they'll still be around after you get your MBA, wherever you decide to go.
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My wife has been part of my search from day one. I'm only applying to schools that we'll both be happy about. Trying to decide after the fact isn't the way to do it IMO.

If your girlfriend is not willing to relocate away from the northeast, well then your decision is made... This is a discussion you need to have with her though.

To me, its obvious you would prefer going to Stanford(why else would you be asking)... How does she feel knowing that? Is she willing to consider moving with you, or is she open to a long distance relationship while you're in school?

There is no reason to ask us our opinions... it is such a subjective topic...

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Thanks for all of your thoughts so far. Obviously I won't be making such a huge decision based on a forum poll, but I did want opinions and perspectives so I could be sure that I was considering everything that I should be considering.

@asimov: I would prefer to settle down on the east coast (family and friends are here), but my area of interest (technology, venture) all lie on the west coast. I was happy to see the tech scene get bigger in NYC, though with half of Manhattan under water it has taken quite a bit of a hit.

@asimov: She can't move from the east coast - has to take care of ailing parents.

@anonymous2012 and highwyre237: I completely agree with you, I'm trying to decide whether or not to even apply to schools outside of my range. As for "prefer" or not, the only reason I might prefer Stanford is because I find that everyone so breathlessly talks about H/S/W. I had made another post more focused around that mystique simply because I couldn't figure it out myself. I too think the difference between H/S/W and Columbia, MIT, etc. isn't that big, but many others seem to disagree...
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Choose after you actually get accepted to both. Case closed.
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Re: Applications, Love, Columbia, Stanford... [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2012, 06:44
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Would she be able to get a job that suits her in the bay area? Or will she like it there?
Happy wife --> happy life

Where do you see yourself settling down in the long run?
All school are a regional to an extend, if you look at GSB and CBS's regional placement you see that. Although both are afford you national opportunities, being located in the region makes things a lot easier.
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Re: Applications, Love, Columbia, Stanford... [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2012, 17:19
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dioenigma wrote:
Assume you were dating someone for 2 years and could see yourself getting married. Would you...

a) Go to Columbia and be a 1.5 hour drive away
b) Go to Stanford


Not to turn GmatClub into a relationship advice column, but I would go to whatever school you've been accepted to that offers the best opportunity for your career. If s/he is committed to you for the long haul (marriage or otherwise), then they'll still be around after you get your MBA, wherever you decide to go.


If you really think it will work out, and its not just some puppylove thing, I say Columbia. Going far away, you'd be taking a chance... and as much as Hollywood or chain letters would have you believe it, something like this only happens if you put work into it, not destiny or something else. And truth is, if you're a 10 hour door-to-door $800 trip away, you're not giving it much of a chance.
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Re: Applications, Love, Columbia, Stanford... [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2012, 09:17
I only applied to schools in cities where my wife could relocate with her career. I would never even consider going to school for 2 years and living in a different city than her. Not everyone will agree with this, but I think the difference between the caliber of schools being discussed is not that high. If those were my two options, I wouldn't even give Stanford serious thought.
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Re: Applications, Love, Columbia, Stanford... [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2012, 17:02
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Thanks for all of your thoughts so far. Obviously I won't be making such a huge decision based on a forum poll, but I did want opinions and perspectives so I could be sure that I was considering everything that I should be considering.

@asimov: I would prefer to settle down on the east coast (family and friends are here), but my area of interest (technology, venture) all lie on the west coast. I was happy to see the tech scene get bigger in NYC, though with half of Manhattan under water it has taken quite a bit of a hit.

@asimov: She can't move from the east coast - has to take care of ailing parents.

@anonymous2012 and highwyre237: I completely agree with you, I'm trying to decide whether or not to even apply to schools outside of my range. As for "prefer" or not, the only reason I might prefer Stanford is because I find that everyone so breathlessly talks about H/S/W. I had made another post more focused around that mystique simply because I couldn't figure it out myself. I too think the difference between H/S/W and Columbia, MIT, etc. isn't that big, but many others seem to disagree...


You want to stay on the East Coast, so places like Columbia, Wharton, MIT, etc would obviously be good picks for you in that respect. However, on some level, this decision could be made for you. Unless you applied to Columbia ED, none of these schools' results have come out yet. If you apply everywhere and only get into Stanford (obviously this is hypothetical), then you would go to Stanford if you still wanted your MBA.

I don't mean to take away anything from your SO's situation and you wanting to be on the East Coast to be there for her and your future together; I'm just saying that at some level this is out of your control. Come December/January and you have acceptances from both of these places in your hands, then you have something to consider (and at that point, any $$ they give you would be in play as well).
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