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Summer School Applicants - Stanford, Booth, Harvard, Tuck

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Summer School Applicants - Stanford, Booth, Harvard, Tuck [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 02:09
Hi guys,

I hope to hear some summer school stories, because I'm currently unsure if to apply to some of the above programmes.

A few words about me:
European, 25, BSc in Business Administration (3,2), MSc in Financial management (Valedictorian 3,7), heavy international experience within Europe, having some forthcoming management consulting interviews. 4 years of work experience in Project management (own start-up) with internships in Big-4 and financial institutions.

So...right at the beginning - I know the typical summer schools are paid and not that competitive. So they generally do not contribute that much to your profile. Therefore I've picked both the SIGM (Stanford) and SBSP (Booth), which seem to be pretty picky and offer 4 week programs. My main goals for doing such a summer schools are:
- to show dedication,
- further develop some skills (although as a business major I doubt that would be the fact - most programs seem to be developed as mini MBA's for non-business majors)
- networking and some experience in USA
- just put a strong brand on my CV, as my previous education institutions may be well-known in some parts of Europe, but are not known outside their respective countries

4 arguments, which should cost me between USD 8,000 and 10,000. Do you think it's worth it?

In parallel, I try to gather some scholarship for two other summer programs - some summer seminars talking about freedom, liberty, market economy etc., which may be for free (again in the USA).

So, I'll very much appreciate feedback and insights from people who have visited such programs at Booth, Stanford or Harvard (though a regular summer schools without getting a certificate or so). How did you feel about it?

Thanks a lot for your time!

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I think you would be wasting your money. While the brand of your educational institutions is definitely important to schools (some more than others), take a summer program at a top university is not going to impress anyone. You're 25 now. More schooling isn't where you need to focus. It's the work experience and leadership that matters most now.

And there are many candidates who get into schools without any US experience. It's fine to have international experience that doesn't include the US. It would be more impressive if you led a work project or volunteer group in the US than if you followed through with summer school.

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Re: Summer School Applicants - Stanford, Booth, Harvard, Tuck [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 07:49
Hi cheetarah1980,

thanks for the response.

I do agree with all your arguments. The tuition is quite high, it's rather questionable if there is going to be any value for me at all (as I would assume I'm already familiar with most of the concepts taught in such 3 weeks-courses) and it's also not sure if someone would value such achievements. I generally thought that some employers might like such brands. As I said, I'm currently interviewing as foreigner with the German offices of the top-tier management consulting companies and I had the feeling that in the cases where I got a ding, I just needed some brand to back me up. Despite that, I do agree that for my future MBA applications it would be of limited use.

I'm also looking for summer internships/volunteer groups, but still have problems (especially for the US), because th all expect you to be an enrolled student, which I'm not. If you have something in mind, I'll be more than thankful if you share it with me, especially concerning volunteer programs.

Feel free to share your experience with such programs, maybe the experience of friends of yours as well :=)

Thank you in advace!
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