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Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 09:18
Speaking with current students from the programs you are interested in always seems to be a main suggestion I get. The benefits from doing so are understandable. It can help you learn things about the program you might not learn from websites and such.

Here is my question for you: Is it OK to do this kind of networking through a social networking site like Facebook?

I noticed in the group for my top choice, one of the members is friends with one of my high school friends. This can be somewhat of an icebreaker and perhaps push him to give me the "real deal" as opposed to candy-coated answers. Then when it comes time to visit, I would actually know somebody there on a deeper level.....

Facebook contact? Yay or nay?
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 09:26
I talked to people in clubs that fit my interests. I also talked to alums, I think alums give more honest answers. They arent as blinded by the wonders of the program like current students and are more objective.
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 09:51
Hmm. If you contacted me through facebook to ask about my school, I wouldn't be that happy about it. There are easily enough ways to find students at the school through the websites at the school (most the student clubs openly invite you to email). I think trying to find an alternative to facebook is advisable.

Most students like the idea of using facebook simply to exchange pictures, keep in touch with what is going on with friends and kind of distance themselves a bit from their "occupation" (ie - student). Email is a lot better, more formal.
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 14:08
It`s difficuly to gauge which protocol to use.

For me, I would prefer someone contacted me via facebook. I usually do not reply to e-mails from people i do not know, this is to prevent being added to spam lists.
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 06:40
Id go email... Just introduce yourself....

facebook is sorta stalker-esque.
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 23 May 2008, 14:25
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Speaking with current students from the programs you are interested in always seems to be a main suggestion I get. The benefits from doing so are understandable. It can help you learn things about the program you might not learn from websites and such.

Here is my question for you: Is it OK to do this kind of networking through a social networking site like Facebook?

I noticed in the group for my top choice, one of the members is friends with one of my high school friends. This can be somewhat of an icebreaker and perhaps push him to give me the "real deal" as opposed to candy-coated answers. Then when it comes time to visit, I would actually know somebody there on a deeper level.....

Facebook contact? Yay or nay?


I think that contacting the friend of a friend through facebook would be ok, but I wouldn't go to the school's group page and start randomly contacting people.
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 24 May 2008, 00:34
Best bet is to send queries to groups, and usually an individual will respond.

Alternatively, ask the school who are the ambassadors and you will usually get some contact details.
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 25 May 2008, 08:41
I know I've always found it strange when prospective job applicants contact me through facebook...I like the idea of calling the school and asking for ambassadors - that's a great way to get specific contacts :)
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Re: Speaking with Current Students [#permalink] New post 26 May 2008, 06:33
email people directly from school club pages. the officers put their emails there for a reason, for prospective students to contact them!

Otherwise, ask one of the B-school ambassadors at GMATClub, or ask a friend to refer you through facebook. Don't cold-email through facebook. Like someone said, it's "stalkeresque". :P
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