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Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs

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New post 15 Jan 2014, 19:00
FROM Coffee Beans And Tea Leaves: On and beyond Super Tuesday
Hope everyone stayed warm during the polar vortex here in the US! Quite fittingly, once my apps for Ross, Kelley, and Kellogg were submitted on “Super Tuesday” of MBA Apps, work exploded, leaving very little spare time to come back here often. In a way, that has been a small mercy. In my not-so-infrequent visit to the […]Image
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New post 16 Jan 2014, 15:00
FROM Domotron's Blog: Great Scott! It’s mid Jan…
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It’s been over two week since I posted here (where did the time go) and there is a whole bunch of stuff to update on. Time is flying by this January for sure. Without further ado, the first thing is to thank all you readers. This blog has exceed the 10,000 views mark and well on the way to 11k. I find it truly humbling that you all continue to visit and read this blog.

OK so getting back to my updates for Jan. December was a rough month and I found it pretty tough to swallow the bad news from both Booth and Wharton. However, the time off over Christmas and New Year also gave me an opportunity to reflect and look ahead to 2014. I am definitely still in the game for two schools, Tuck and Kellogg. I submitted my Kellogg application just before the R2 deadline and recently received an off-campus interview. While unlike other schools, Kellogg tries to interview all applicants if possible so I can’t read too much into it. However it sure beats having my interview waived. It gives me an opportunity to present another data point and hopefully demonstrate what I consider to be one of my strengths, my interpersonal skills.

As for Tuck, I can’t believe it’s only 3 weeks (+1 day) until decision day. It’s absolutely flown by and I am looking forward to getting my decision, whether it is positive or not. Over Christmas, I did a lot of thinking with regards to my contingency plan. Effectively, Tuck is the litmus test. It is the school I did the most research on and tried to go above and beyond for. If it’s a straight ding then it’s back to the drawing board. It’s a clear sign that maybe I didn’t execute as I had hoped this application season. At which point, I will start looking ahead to R1 2014. An MBA is still very much part of my plan and I don’t see that changing in the short term. Don’t worry, I haven’t given up hope of an admit this season but it’s good to have contingencies in place. Hopefully I will receive the good news in 3 weeks time and can scrap all the other plans!

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New post 17 Jan 2014, 05:00
FROM Hamm0's Blog: Time to Catch Up
So, I pretty much disappeared for a few weeks post-decision. For that, I apologize. Turns out, the last thing you want to do after obsessing over MBA things for a year is…well do anything about admissions for a few weeks.

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As I mentioned in my last post, I paid my Johnson deposit, and will be off to Ithaca this Summer/Fall. I have been spending my free time trying to learn everything I can about the place. I have contacted a number of current students soliciting advice on all fronts – housing, course exemptions, career thoughts, etc., and have been quite pleased. As expected, the Johnson network is very strong, and from what I have seen so far, people are willing to go way out of their way to help you. I will not bore you with the details of everything, because it is likely that very few of you will be attending Johnson in the future. That is not to say you will not have the ability to… but rather given its small class size, there numerical odds of you attending are quite slim. If, however, you are thinking of shooting an application there, let me know if I can help you in any way! I cannot claim to be a master of anything about the school or admissions, but the least I could do is offer.

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Aside from Johnson, I have been planning my exit strategy. If you remember from waaaaay back when, I noted that I did not have the luxury of applying to only highly selective programs *cough “I’m only applying to HSW” cough*, with the backup plan of applying the following year if I was dinged. I am on a contract with my employer, which terminates sometime this summer. I have contacted HR, to which I found out that was largely false, and was told to “work it out with my manager” on when I wanted to leave. Oh well – not an issue, I just need to actually sit down and work it out with  my manager. I was thinking sometime in June, but it is a difficult balance between funemployment time and saving money. I am looking forward to having a minion under me – they plan to hire someone to replace me, who I will have to train. All I know is I will not be leaving on Friday the 13th (yes, that day happens in June).

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Finally, I have been thinking a lot about costs. I have tried to model out just about everything I could for the next 2 years, and came up with a really big number at the bottom of my sheet. Fortunately, the next sheet detailing my assets was substantial as well, but I still have a gap of about 40 or 50 thousand dollars. I cannot think of any legal way to earn that kind of money in the next 6 months, so I have been trying to cut back on many of my expenses. Packing lunches, parking in the farther cheaper lot, going out less – or at least not buying as many drinks when I do go out. I have put myself of a good cash-diet for the next few months. At the same time, I have been trying to get the most out of my time here. I have a really strong group of friends who I am sure I will miss come August, so I want to maximize my time with them in a cost-efficient manner. And that is really hard.

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New post 18 Jan 2014, 11:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: GMAT time number 4?
I’ve had a great week of freedom. I’ve been out every night, got up later in the morning as I don’t need to study and even had free time to catch up on TV and house admin. However it’s time to move on to the next stage: European business schools.

I ended up only applying to two US business schools.  But I need to maximise my chances of getting into business school, I need to apply to more. This is where the EU schools come in. As I don’t have visa worries I can apply later.

I’ve got a short list of three:

They are all great for different reasons; IESE I can learn by the Harvard case study (they got advice from HBS when they starting the school); HEC I can live in France and learn the language. This is big plus as most international public sector organisations have two languages-English and French. While IE dislikes the GMAT so much they have their own entrance exam.

Here is the crux of my dilemma; should I resit the GMAT?

I got a very nice email from HEC in Paris basically saying; close but no cigar as they require a minimum of 600 score; but don’t worry you can resit.  HEC is one of my favourites business schools; so if I want a chance, I have to resit.  IESE has an average score of 670; which means there is potential to get in on the score I have. However I think the recognised minimum is 600 for most European business schools. But I’m going to check to find out before I make any decision.  Or do I just focus on IE with their more practical entrance exam?

Deadlines for the European Business Schools are the middle of March.  However as I’m off on holiday from the 10th March;it means I really have apply by the beginning of that month.  So while I have a few days to decide I need to get to gripes with following questions.

  • Which of the three business schools do I want to apply for?
  • How do they view my GMAT score?
  • Do I really want to make February study month?
  • Which exam should I sit if any?
If the answer is NO particular to resitting GMAT, it time for me to move on and consider the part-time MBA options.

Anyone have any thoughts?

 

 

 

 

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New post 23 Jan 2014, 02:00
FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: Dear MBA Applicants…
Dear MBA Applicants…

I was asked by the nice people at  topmba.com if I’d write an article for them a little while ago, and after a little pondering on what to write I thought it was somehow appropriate (having received my GMAT at the start of last year) to make my own list of the points I’d wish I knew 12 months ago.

Most of these were accompanied by slapping my own forehead (with a ‘doh!’) or the clarity that comes after hours of anxiety over what seems quite a trivial detail. Hopefully you may save yourself some time!

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New post 23 Jan 2014, 02:00
FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: The Calm Before the Storm: the Sequel (and for real this time)
The last few weeks since Christmas have been considerably quieter than the nervous waiting just before. In fact, most of it has been preparing for what is looking like a busy February.

After dinner a few weeks ago with a smaller group who gathered over Facebook, last weekend I was fortunate to meet some future fellow Boston residents, at least the portion of the class heading over to Boston who are currently based in London (and around). It was a great group, with some really interesting backgrounds, and plenty of words where I didn’t even understand what they meant at first – I am definitely going to learn a lot over the next two years. There was a real mix of Europeans and American’s heading home after a few years in London – in a room  of 14 admits there were only 3 UK nationals, so I certainly feel at a disadvantage with regards to an international move. Almost everyone had more experience of that than me!

This turns to the more practical part of the last few weeks. I’ve standard gathering income and other financial statements, preparing some scholarship applications and preparing for the start of February when most of the administration needs to begin. Money and Visa worries are top of my list, and as a home-owner I’m already scrambling to finish off the renovation of my home I’ve been completing over the last two years so it’s in a condition to either rent or sell. To be honest, at times already I’m not sure which direction to turn next!

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Finally, from the 4th February I’m going to be in Boston for Admitted Students Welcome at HBS. It’ll be my first visit on campus, a chance to look at the facilities and get a feel for the city I’ll be in for the next two years. I’m also hoping to visit MIT too – I’m taking my camera so I’ll be attempting to keep a visual diary while I’m there.

On Friday I told my team my good news and that I’d be leaving in the summer – with recommenders in the loop at work the news was already starting to sneak out. In my case, this meant a 12 hour odyssey to cover the three shifts I manage and was quite draining. It has inevitably led to a huge number of questions, most of which I don’t yet know the answer to.

Writing the title for the post gave me a slight sense of deja-vu. I was right – I’d used something similar in a much earlier post (here). I was struck reading it how far I’ve come in my confidence with the process. I’m much more comfortable with my decision now to head across the pond. Here’s hoping I feel the same in two years time!

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New post 23 Jan 2014, 09:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: 1st result in: Fulbright
I done my standard lunch time check on my emails and guess what, I got an email from Fulbright.

Feeling a bit nervous I opened the email and BAM! My first no of application season. Fulbright will not be taking me forward to interview.

I’m quite disappointed as I thought I put a good case forwards. But it looks like not having brilliant academics, but only very good ones was enough to put me out the running.

Good luck to everyone else who applied to Fulbright. How did you get on?

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New post 24 Jan 2014, 09:00
FROM The MBA Journey of an African Doctor: Reviewing the applications
I woke up this morning drenched in sweat in the cold harmattan weather sweeping the West African region. The reality of my situation probably sunk into my subconscious mind overnight. I felt on top of the world before going to bed but ended up waking with a headache and feeling at the bottom of the world. Yes, I have received the interview invite from INSEAD, but the journey has just begun. Now I am going to be measured against the best from across the globe. I think I will make a good fit for INSEAD, but so will thousands of others, thousands of others who could be better fits.

The euphoria is over. Reality has sunk in. This is when I need to be true to myself. The hardest part is the wait before the final decision. I need to keep that a the back of my head and roll up my sleeves.

My new reality dragged me into an introspective good today. I decided to review my journey so far and the to look for a way to marshal my plan towards the interview. First I need to understand how I got to where I am.

I hired consultant who helped me through the applications for Harvard, INSEAD, and Stanford. I poured my heart into the applications. I bared my soul and faced my fears. The applications depicted the real me. Wharton was a difference case altogether. I have a limited war chest for the applications, so I had to lean on a colleague who I met at my former employer and who also happens to be a second year candidate at Wharton. Who else could be in a better position to guide me through the application process if not someone who hago been through the process before? There was a stark difference between the consultant and for friend. While I saw the real me shine througI with the consultant, I felt canned in the Wharton applications. I hardly recognized myself after submitting the Wharton application. Yeah, the application looked really good, and well executed but it wasn’t me. The question now is whether that would work.

So far I have been been invited by INSEAD. I hope I get invites from Harvard and Stanford. Let’s see if Wharton would work. I hope I will be able to use my experience to advise others in the future.

Does the canned method of application works? Time will tell.

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New post 26 Jan 2014, 22:08
FROM MBA Pensive - Roadmap to MBA Admissions: Insights from Stanford Admission Committee September, 2013 Webinar
I have attended a webinar Stanford Admission Committee on 19th September 22:00 IST. The webinar was hosted by and lasted for 45 minutes or so.

Although online ‘ Submit a Question’ section on the GSB website where you can submit a query has great response time and the responses are terse and you will be often redirected to information on the websites. GSB strongly maintains that whatever needs to be known is already available on the website and up to certain extent that’s valid. Unlike other business schools, Stanford GSB doesn’t share contact information of either current students or alumni. With this at the back of the mind, such webinars that too from Adcom are one of the best resources for knowing more about the GSB and hence I scheduled to attend it even it was at 22:00 hrs IST.

I had submitted some question when I signed up for the webinar and those got answered right at the start of webinar. I has asked about Stanford’s approach to leadership and how that’s unique? The host explained in details about what GSB means by Personalized Leadership experience and the talked about CAT course and Executive challenge. I got sense that leadership at GSB is personalized affair and no one size fits to all model. The approach is also driven by practical elements and lots of opportunities such as Leadership labs, Executive challenge to practice the learned skills. ( If you are learning these terms CAT, Leadership labs Executive challenge for the first time then you are seriously lacking in GSB research. These are common terns in GSB aspirant’s lexicon. So, I was pretty happy having received a personal response to my question.

In terms of rest of the experience, no new information as such but listening to same things from the horse’s mouth was a good feeling. GSB maintains that they have no preference to GMAT over GRE. There was detailed discussion on Entrepreneurship opportunities, advice to Military applicants.

GSB is looking for insights and not mere experiences. So, when someone asked about uploading her project in Architecture in the additional information section, Adcom advised on making it more meaningful by providing the context in essays and recommendation. In other words, the Adcom was more interested  the architecture data was not itself important but WHY THAT WAS IMPORTANT to applicant. This was again a great insight and I will try to implement the same in my application.

All in all it was a good webinar but I was able to make most of it because of my ability to see through things, interpret the coded message and learn from the same. I would recommend the next one to fellow applicants.

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New post 28 Jan 2014, 15:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: GMAT number4: the answer
In my last post I posed four questions to myself to help me answer my GMAT dilemma.

  • Which of the three business schools do I want to apply for?
  • How do they view my GMAT score?
  • Do I really want to make February study month?
  • Which exam should I sit if any?
Let me take them in reverse order.

Which exam should I sit if any?

I do not want to sit the GMAT again any time soon. Why? I hear you ask. Well I have this holiday to the States coming up in March and I can better spend the 250 dollar fee on my holiday.  Plus ,to move my score I think I need to put in two to three months worth of study. What’s even worse I’m not convinced how much of a difference that will make. Last time I spent a month studying maths and my score hardly moved.

So no GMAT then.  However I would sit IE’s entrance exam if required as it sounds a lot more practical, and my studying for GMAT should hold me in good stead.

Do I really want to make February study month?

Not really; I’m liking my free time. I like having evenings and mornings back to myself.

Which of the three business schools do I want to apply for & how will they view my GMAT score?

I’m not applying HEC as I don’t have the minimum score and the school is not enough of a driver to make me resit the GMAT.

I still need to finalise my thoughts on the other two schools, IE and IESE. I’m finding out a bit more about IE tomorrow and I will make my decision after that about whether I want to apply to IE and sit their admissions test. While for IESE I’m waiting to hear back from them.

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New post 28 Jan 2014, 15:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: 1st result in: Fulbright
I done my standard lunch time check on my emails and guess what, I got an email from Fulbright.

Feeling a bit nervous I opened the email and BAM! My first no of application season. Fulbright will not be taking me forward to interview.

I’m quite disappointed as I thought I put a good case forwards. But it looks like not having brilliant academics, but only very good ones was enough to put me out the running.

Good luck to everyone else who applied to Fulbright. How did you get on?

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New post 29 Jan 2014, 13:00
FROM The MBA Journey of an African Doctor: The first disappointment
Ah! I am just a basket of emotions right now. Harvard, my initial dream school before I did more in-depth research, has sent out the first wave of interview invites. After refreshing my email obsessively for about an hour, I came to grips with the fact that Harvard may not like me the way I liked it.

It is just the first wave so why am I disappointed? Well, Dee Leopold said that “many” invites would be sent out in the first wave and “some” would be sent out in the second wave. Some geeks on the Gmat Club have calculated the chances of getting an invite in the second wave and it came down to 2.3%. From a high of 17% for the first wave. That means there is 97.7% chance of getting a ding. Can I hold out hope for an invite? Well, theoretically I can, but mathematically I can’t. But my life has been a miracle up to this point. So here’s what I will do. I will hope and pray for the best.

Meanwhile I have been able to lock down my interviewers for INSEAD. I don’t have  the luxury of remaining crestfallen. I just have to pull myself together and get ready for my first interview in two days.

It hurts but life goes on.

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New post 29 Jan 2014, 15:00
FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Access MBA event: Don’t
Well I just had a very frustrating evening. Off I went to a posh hotel with over priced tea for the Access MBA one -to -one event. And found out it’s not a one -to -one event they instead offered me group discussion with admissions reps. What good is that? I can find out the same information by reading the website and not get wet!

Tried group discussions before and I don’t think they work. You can’t have a conversation and obtain tailored information. Or the other person dominates the conversation. Kinda like spare room hunting, if you get a two on one situation, you know you ain’t getting the room.

So I wasn’t impressed!

So was it worth the money? Mmm wouldn’t say no. Mainly by stamping my feet I got to see one MBA course on one-one basis and they told me about scholarships I wasn’t aware of! Now that’s worth more than the five pounds entrance fee.

But I would say it was a waste of time. I got to see one school and didn’t see the other schools I was interested in, mainly as I declined to do group discussions.

And no I didn’t ticket the box to say I would recommend this event to others.

What are your thoughts and experiences on one-to-one versus groups at MBA events?

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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: Results day is almost here
On Friday I get to find out whether I’ve been invited to interview by Duke and Harvard.

Would I love an interview invite, yes. Do I think I will get one, No.

For start Harvard sent out its first set of invites last week. I was good and didn’t check my emails until 7pm and only had a quick check on gmat club forum pages to make sure Harvard sent them out. I didn’t get an invite. Next and final batch is this Friday.

Harvard receives 9000 applications a year for 900 places. So competition is tough. For me, part of the joy of the whole process has been applying for Harvard. That fact that I’ve applied there is Amazing in itself.

Duke before my GMAT saga, I was reasonably hopeful of an interview. After writing the essays and looking at my GMAT score, I’m no longer convinced.

So if Friday comes along and no interviews where does that leave me? Part of me thinks, great! I’m in exactly the same place 18 months ago. Other part of me is going, O.K what next?

So I wonder what Friday will bring.

P.s just got an email from Harvard so will let you what it says.

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FROM Coffee Beans And Tea Leaves: Recap: Kelley Small Group Dinner
And it has been more than two weeks since I went to one. But, given the lack of information I got online, I did want to pay it forward. I signed up for this dinner way back in December, and glad I did because it did fill out pretty quickly. The venue was Old Ebbit’s […]Image
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FROM Sarah's MBA Journey: I got an interview invite from Duke
I’m in shock. Duke has invited me to interview. I still can’t believe it.

My shock has slowly turned into excitement. Mainly when my friend asked me at lunch what would I wear? And then banned me from using my small hand bag.

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for the interview. Last time I done an interview was for my promotion. GULP! Tips and suggestions welcome.

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FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: The Calm Before the Storm: the Sequel (and for real this time)
The last few weeks since Christmas have been considerably quieter than the nervous waiting just before. In fact, most of it has been preparing for what is looking like a busy February.

After dinner a few weeks ago with a smaller group who gathered over Facebook, last weekend I was fortunate to meet some future fellow Boston residents, at least the portion of the class heading over to Boston who are currently based in London (and around). It was a great group, with some really interesting backgrounds, and plenty of words where I didn’t even understand what they meant at first – I am definitely going to learn a lot over the next two years. There was a real mix of Europeans and American’s heading home after a few years in London – in a room  of 14 admits there were only 3 UK nationals, so I certainly feel at a disadvantage with regards to an international move. Almost everyone had more experience of that than me!

This turns to the more practical part of the last few weeks. I’ve standard gathering income and other financial statements, preparing some scholarship applications and preparing for the start of February when most of the administration needs to begin. Money and Visa worries are top of my list, and as a home-owner I’m already scrambling to finish off the renovation of my home I’ve been completing over the last two years so it’s in a condition to either rent or sell. To be honest, at times already I’m not sure which direction to turn next!

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A common site in my life at the moment

Finally, from the 4th February I’m going to be in Boston for Admitted Students Welcome at HBS. It’ll be my first visit on campus, a chance to look at the facilities and get a feel for the city I’ll be in for the next two years. I’m also hoping to visit MIT too – I’m taking my camera so I’ll be attempting to keep a visual diary while I’m there.

On Friday I told my team my good news and that I’d be leaving in the summer – with recommenders in the loop at work the news was already starting to sneak out. In my case, this meant a 12 hour odyssey to cover the three shifts I manage and was quite draining. It has inevitably led to a huge number of questions, most of which I don’t yet know the answer to.

Writing the title for the post gave me a slight sense of deja-vu. I was right – I’d used something similar in a much earlier post (here). I was struck reading it how far I’ve come in my confidence with the process. I’m much more comfortable with my decision now to head across the pond. Here’s hoping I feel the same in two years time!

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FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: Visit to Boston & MIT Impressions
This week I’ve been truly fortunate to finally visit Boston, where mainly the purpose was to visit the Admitted Student Weekend at Harvard. I need a little more time to reflect on that experience though (keep checking, it won’t be long), so I thought instead I would comment on a brief campus visit to MIT-Sloan, as I was staying nearby.

I have to point out that this was not an official visit. Depending on your point of view it was either an unofficial visit or even that me and my friend just snuck in..! It was on Saturday afternoon, and was just a quick skim round of the building with no events planned. It was a rather grey and cold day in Boston, which inevitably makes a less favourable impression than a nice sunny one. The snow was nice though!

The first observation is simply that the MIT area is a very urban campus. We were staying around 100m away from the Sloan building and got to know the area well in only a few days. It’s extremely well connected to both Downtown Boston (we were actually walking from the downtown area back to our apartment and the walk was not at all difficult. (By contrast, it would be quite a trek to HBS). The Boston ‘T’ system and the Red Line is literally yards away.

The building itself was a little… clinical. My friend (also an admit at HBS but not familiar with MIT) asked when walking up to the building “Is this the hospital?”. I kind of thought I had the wrong place until I walked in the door as the sign was partially covered by snow, there was no obvious sign it is actually Sloan. Perhaps this understatement is intentional compared to its more extravagant brother. The glazed frontage on the river side is probably a bit more impressive, but I would say looking at access routes that surely this is still the main way in.

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The exterior of the entrance

Inside it reflected the exterior of the building. Ultra-modern, clean, ordered. This building (called officially E62) was only finished in 2010 and it showed. Everything was immaculate, and there was a definite ‘new building feel’ still. It was a really quiet day on a Saturday afternoon so being quiet would be understandable, but even so I was a bit troubled by the lack of signs of life – for example, most noticeboards were spread far apart (I always look a club/society posters) and were usually only half covered.

There were some lectures going on in the new building (er..? Weekend classes?) but we had a peek in the window. The lecture theatres looked really comfy and well furnished. Sorry no picture! I have to admit the wood paneled HBS rooms looked a little dated compared to these, and my friend outright preferred them. They did look good.

Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for long as even though I have an application pending I still felt guards might rush from a corner and take me at any moment for being an intruder.

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Inside sloan: view over the main central space and view of the cafe

There’s no denying that as a new building it was a really impressive space. If I was the architect I’d be pretty pleased with my efforts. However, I’d just have liked to see a bit more sign of life in the building itself. To be perfectly honest, it reminded me (both in style and feel) heavily of some of the top Engineering schools in the UK, or even trendy art galleries. All polished chrome and glass, and a little too much quiet and lack of warmth. These served me pretty well, but you do get a particular type of experience. Having said that, it is still new and could be very different in a year’s time.

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FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: Admitted Student Weekend – Part 1
As I’ve previously mentioned, I was fortunate enough to take the trip over the Atlantic last week to visit Boston. The main reason for the trip was to take part in the Admitted Student Weekend  (ASW) at Harvard Business School.

There’s too much to fit into one post, but the three days of activities were action-packed, as well as being incredibly well organised. Packing the schedules of 400+ excitable students plus partners, with personalised agendas, and making it run like clockwork was an incredible achievement. For this post, I’ll write about the campus and follow up later with ASW itself.

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The Baker Library at HBS in the snow. As nice without the snow.

HBS is stunning, far more attractive and inspiring even than Harvard Square across the river. Especially in snow. I found the lack of students and staff worrying – had they closed for the day, and was my class visit planned for the morning off?

“There are no days off at HBS” the student accompanied who me told me later, only half-joking. Once checked in at Admissions and into the Aldrich building for my class visit, I discovered where everyone was. Underground.

Despite all my previous research, I had no idea that the tunnels existed.  Why not, for that added Bond-villain base feel, just build an underground network of tunnels between your buildings? During the snow-storm they were well used.

After thinking this was quite amusing, after a few days in the sub-zero temperatures in Boston they made more and more sense to me. Students can move between dorms, lecture halls, canteens and most other HBS buildings all without stepping foot outside. Most of the buildings have levels below ground anyway to avoid congesting the campus so its an easy way to get between activities.

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The HBS underground tunnel network. Probably more efficient than London Underground

By afternoon, despite almost a foot of snow falling in the morning, paths were cleared and it was just like a normal cold day.

A significant proportion of my time was spent in the Spangler centre, drinking warm drinks and chatting to prospective or current students. As it was dubbed during the week, this is really where HBS feels the most ‘country club’, and it oozes elite spendor. It was surprisingly quiet though, with many students in between classes studying case materials or tapping at laptops.

Having said that, I met through acquiantances a number of really interesting backgrounds during the two days, and I’m filled with excitement at the conversations I could be having over the next two years here.

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The Spangler Lounge (photo from hbs.edu)

Over 75% of HBS students live on campus or nearby, especially RC’s (Required Curriculum – First Years to you or me). Several students advised this in the first year, you simply do not have time to waste travelling home and back again for evening events. Some with families lived in rented houses or apartments but they definitely felt they’d had to make compromises to stay with their family and missed out on some evening activities.

The last bit I had a look at was some of the student accomodation. The apartments are unfurnished (which is a real pain as an international student), and perhaps a little expensive for what they are. But they are incredibly convenient for campus and on balance I think it’ll be a price worth paying. Friends visiting the dorms said they felt a bit more social, with nice communal areas but reported a wide variation in standard and size of rooms from cheapest to most expensive.

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