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Trailing Partners [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 17:36
Since a big part of applying is choosing your target schools...and a big part of picking out your portfolio may well be your parnter....

I bring you: TRAILING PARTNERS!

My partner G is a soon-to-be microbiology PhD. I was into Tuck, but he gave the small school and location a big thumbs down. Duke and UNC got much more attention (and will get my app) because of their location in the research triangle.

Any other thoughts on these issues? I know lots of you have fiances and the like.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 18:55
I have a fiance and our relationship has played a large role in where I will be applying.

My gal is in the jewelry business and is currently on track to be a diamond buyer with her current company, so any schools in small towns are out of the equation. At this point, i'm focusing on schools in large metro areas or with a close proximity to one.

The end result is that I may end up attending a school that isn't quite as high in the rankings as I would prefer, but I have to be willing to make small sacrifices since she is giving up a great job to come on this adventure with me. (cue Angels and Airwaves)
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 19:00
I eliminated Tuck for the same reason. Great school, but chances of my wife finding a job were virtually nil.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 19:07
Has anyone contacted any of your target schools' partner clubs? I was thinking of doing so after getting to the interview, or possibly even the admit, stage.

It might be a good way to network. Never know when I might find another student with a partner in microbiology.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 19:12
I've noticed that some of the partner clubs are more helpful than others. Some merely serve as a social outlet for partners, while others actively help with job hunting, accomodations, day care, etc.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 19:31
any particular partner clubs that struck you as especially effective? According to one student, Yale's club gets rave reviews from students and partners alike.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2006, 23:01
I am also doing this whole thing with wife.

This played a big role in my decisions - all schools that were not in a major city were immediately ruled out. With that criteria --- well, there aint much left in the top 15! And whats worse is, there seems to be a distinct inverse relationship between city size and admit %. In any case, Cornell was an exception to this rule because we needed a backup.

As for the partner organizations, yes, I've talked to our reached out several. Most, to be honest, seem like pretty shallow attempts at integration, offering stuff like the book club and the cooking club etc. Fine if you are a four year girl with a new easy bake oven, a little silly sounding for a 20 something.

I was most impressed with GSBs so far though - they have actually been responsive and involved in the admit process. Frankly, its the only school I've seen that, so far, has placed "partner related" activities squarely in their admit weekend - not as a side thing for 20 minutes - but rather as a core element of the day. They also impressed me because the club actually recieves funding from the school to hold events, has rights to use facilities at the school (meetings rooms, etc) and partners can even audit classes for free (as with most schools). You really get the impression it's not just an "after thought". They even have silly acronyms like "POLO" - Parents of Little Ones...

That said, none of hte partner clubs have really really blown me away - a better characterisation of my experiences thus far would be that the GSB has least dissapointed.

For the sake of comparison, a wife from Cornell described the club there as "a place to wallow and feed your growing depression among other immensely dissastisfied and bored housewives who regret ending up in Ithaca". In all fairness, thats a characterisation of the people, not of the club.

For me, the critical elements I want out of a partner program are effective immersion, a developed and strong supportive base, a positive networking opportunity and access to key resources at the school. There's no question the next to years are going to be taxing - not only on my personal net worth, but also on my time and my sanity. I'm fortunate enough that I dont have to move cities, so my wife will remain actively employed, however, I need her to feel like part of this community. I don't want her to view things as "oh your friends are stopping by?" - I want it to be "our friends are stopping by". As much as is humanely possible, I want her to feel as if she's a key part of the experience and has just as much to learn from it as I do.

Fortunately, I've learned how to keep her motivated. See:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rON7EeT0Nxg

edit: Yea, I know I'm going to hell for making this joke. But if you laughed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXxUSolU ... ed&search=
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2006, 08:35
Duke seems to be pretty welcoming of partners, so probably a good choice. They have Fuqua Fridays - where everyone hangs out together - students and their families. I happened to be there and it was preatty crazy to see little kids running everywhere and babies passed around. I don't have kids but it left an impression on me - deffinitelly a very welcoming place.

Another plus, especially for those with partners, is that it is amazing what you can get down there for your $$ in terms of housing! Very tempting, but I guess most people don't stick around long enough to justify a purchase.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2006, 08:40
Fuqua is quite good at involving partners. The Fuqua crowd is more mature and around 30% of the students are married. One of my buddies is a second year student there and his wife is very active at Fuqua. When I visited Fuqua, I was surprised to note that almost every student knew her personally. Fuqua fridays definitely provides ample opportunities for people to socialize.


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Duke seems to be pretty welcoming of partners, so probably a good choice. They have Fuqua Fridays - where everyone hangs out together - students and their families. I happened to be there and it was preatty crazy to see little kids running everywhere and babies passed around. I don't have kids but it left an impression on me - deffinitelly a very welcoming place.

Another plus, especially for those with partners, is that it is amazing what you can get down there for your $$ in terms of housing! Very tempting, but I guess most people don't stick around long enough to justify a purchase.
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