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I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays?

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I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 07:22
Hello !

I just recently got engaged and I'm getting married next year.

I'm getting ready to begin with my applications for an MBA in 2013. My fiancée already applied for the Fullbright Scholarship also for an MBA in 2013. We're both aiming for the same schools in the same cities (obviously hahaha).

I want to know the pros/cons of mentioning this on my essays. I heard that sometimes if B-Schools receive applications from married/engaged couples and that if they don't like one of the two applicants they automatically ding both of them... Is this true? What do you recommend I do? My fiancée didn't mention the engagement becuase at the time of her application to Fullbright we weren't.

Thanks a lot in advance!
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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 18:13
Would you guys be willing to attend schools in different locations? If you're dead-set on being with her at the same school, I'd probably mention it, but I also wouldn't make it sound like you two are a package deal.

I gotta say, after coming out my MBA, I'm not sure I'd want to be in any kind group work with my significant other. Even the idea of both of us doing it at the same time, in case one of us was super successful during and after the program and the other did so-so, I could see it being a problem in the future for your relationship.
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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 15:55
This is interesting. I might be able to provide you with personalized advice.

We had a couple in our school as well.They just made sure that they were never in the same group.




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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 18:24
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Would you guys be willing to attend schools in different locations? If you're dead-set on being with her at the same school, I'd probably mention it, but I also wouldn't make it sound like you two are a package deal.

I gotta say, after coming out my MBA, I'm not sure I'd want to be in any kind group work with my significant other. Even the idea of both of us doing it at the same time, in case one of us was super successful during and after the program and the other did so-so, I could see it being a problem in the future for your relationship.



Hello, thanks for the response.

We're not dead-set on being at the same school... we just want to be in the same city. If we end up in the same school I don't think of it as a problem because each of us is going to focus in different areas.

So, I should mention this situation in my essays but trying to be clear that we are open to not being in the same school?

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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 18:26
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This is interesting. I might be able to provide you with personalized advice.

We had a couple in our school as well.They just made sure that they were never in the same group.




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Hello there....

Any information we get on this subject is be very helpful!. Do you know how did that couple talked about their relationship in the application process?

Thanks!

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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 20:04
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Would you guys be willing to attend schools in different locations? If you're dead-set on being with her at the same school, I'd probably mention it, but I also wouldn't make it sound like you two are a package deal.

I gotta say, after coming out my MBA, I'm not sure I'd want to be in any kind group work with my significant other. Even the idea of both of us doing it at the same time, in case one of us was super successful during and after the program and the other did so-so, I could see it being a problem in the future for your relationship.



Hello, thanks for the response.

We're not dead-set on being at the same school... we just want to be in the same city. If we end up in the same school I don't think of it as a problem because each of us is going to focus in different areas.

So, I should mention this situation in my essays but trying to be clear that we are open to not being in the same school?

René


I would. Any dedication showing you need to be in that city shows your dedicated interest in that school, and if it's a city with two or three schools like Raleigh-Durham or Boston, then at least you have some choices. Showing a city focus still shows a school you're interested, but not just following some chick in a Legally Blonde type move.

I will reiterate though that even being together in school may not be the best idea. It is a highly stressful environment and your stream focus can change at the drop of the hat. I was gung-ho on marketing and ended specializing in media management after my internship. You never know how your learning can change your interests. Plus, there is a lot of drama in B-School, and you don't want to get yourself wrapped up that. I'm sure you're both above it and if you're committed enough to be engaged and move somewhere together, you two are obviously mature adults, but not everyone in an MBA program is.

I'm not saying don't go to B-School or even the same one, but I would think it through first.
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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2012, 06:49
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krussell wrote:
Would you guys be willing to attend schools in different locations? If you're dead-set on being with her at the same school, I'd probably mention it, but I also wouldn't make it sound like you two are a package deal.

I gotta say, after coming out my MBA, I'm not sure I'd want to be in any kind group work with my significant other. Even the idea of both of us doing it at the same time, in case one of us was super successful during and after the program and the other did so-so, I could see it being a problem in the future for your relationship.



Hello, thanks for the response.

We're not dead-set on being at the same school... we just want to be in the same city. If we end up in the same school I don't think of it as a problem because each of us is going to focus in different areas.

So, I should mention this situation in my essays but trying to be clear that we are open to not being in the same school?

René


I would. Any dedication showing you need to be in that city shows your dedicated interest in that school, and if it's a city with two or three schools like Raleigh-Durham or Boston, then at least you have some choices. Showing a city focus still shows a school you're interested, but not just following some chick in a Legally Blonde type move.

I will reiterate though that even being together in school may not be the best idea. It is a highly stressful environment and your stream focus can change at the drop of the hat. I was gung-ho on marketing and ended specializing in media management after my internship. You never know how your learning can change your interests. Plus, there is a lot of drama in B-School, and you don't want to get yourself wrapped up that. I'm sure you're both above it and if you're committed enough to be engaged and move somewhere together, you two are obviously mature adults, but not everyone in an MBA program is.

I'm not saying don't go to B-School or even the same one, but I would think it through first.


Thanks a lot for your comments, they will be taken into account. I perfectly understand your point, but as you said we're both mature adults and we know the impplications of attending b-school as a couple. We were going to apply last year to attend to b-school this year, but because of work related issues we decided to postpone it for a year, so we've had lot of time to think this through.

Thanks again for your response
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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2012, 15:26
rejololo wrote:
Hello !

I just recently got engaged and I'm getting married next year.

I'm getting ready to begin with my applications for an MBA in 2013. My fiancée already applied for the Fullbright Scholarship also for an MBA in 2013. We're both aiming for the same schools in the same cities (obviously hahaha).

I want to know the pros/cons of mentioning this on my essays. I heard that sometimes if B-Schools receive applications from married/engaged couples and that if they don't like one of the two applicants they automatically ding both of them... Is this true? What do you recommend I do? My fiancée didn't mention the engagement becuase at the time of her application to Fullbright we weren't.

Thanks a lot in advance!


Congratulations on the engagement. Now, from personal experience I would strongly suggest NOT going to the same school. Trust me, not mattering how stable your relationship is, studying in the same place will take its toll. Plus, if you go to separate schools, you will be able to enjoy the activities from both! Imagine the combo Stern-CBS, Booth-Kellogg, HBS-Sloan, ...
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Re: I'm engaged, should I mention it on my essays? [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2012, 11:19
Ducksworth wrote:

Congratulations on the engagement. Now, from personal experience I would strongly suggest NOT going to the same school. Trust me, not mattering how stable your relationship is, studying in the same place will take its toll. Plus, if you go to separate schools, you will be able to enjoy the activities from both! Imagine the combo Stern-CBS, Booth-Kellogg, HBS-Sloan, ...


Thanks... Yeah I wouldn't mind at all attending different schools as long as they are in the same city. I also wouldn't mind any of those combos you mentioned haha

Thanks for yor advice.
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