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New post 14 Jan 2009, 13:56
So when I walked outside to my car to drive off for lunch this afternoon, it was a particularly beautiful day. I live in LA, so I'm pretty used to warm "winter" days (usually mid-60's is the norm this time of year). However, it's mid-January and the temperature read 80-degrees (fahrenheit)!!! My mind drifted away for a few moments while I thought of the beautiful women walking around the streets on the Westside and Santa Monica in their....sorry I digress (although agold and IHTG would be thinking along the same lines :lol: )

Anyway, I got a congratulatory email from a fellow g-clubber at Michigan and he told me that it was 2-degrees when he was waiting for the bus this morning. Quite honestly, I can't even comprehend that. I love to ski, and the resorts in Northern California where I go are "cold" when it gets in the low teens. My decision to apply to the schools where I did (where I'll likely see 2-degree weather), was not impacted by weather, but the beautiful day in Sunny So Cal got me curious if others out there are not applying to particular school or won't attend a particular school because of weather.
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Outside of the M7+Tuck, the only other school that I take seriously is UCLA. Hopefully that answered your question :)
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New post 14 Jan 2009, 14:07
It absolutely would impact my decision... Though my weather preferences would probably be unpopular...

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The weather in Hanover shouldn't be too bad right? :-D

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i am applying to UK schools. enough said about the weather

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The weather in Hanover shouldn't be too bad right? :-D


I heard it's fairly similar to LA. Maybe a little bit more humid or something.
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agold wrote:
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The weather in Hanover shouldn't be too bad right? :-D


I heard it's fairly similar to LA. Maybe a little bit more humid or something.


:lol:


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Outside of the M7+Tuck, the only other school that I take seriously is UCLA. Hopefully that answered your question :)


Ok, really dumb question probably, but what does 'M7' mean? Are they the same schools as the 'Ultra Elites' listed on this site?

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agold wrote:
Outside of the M7+Tuck, the only other school that I take seriously is UCLA. Hopefully that answered your question :)


Ok, really dumb question probably, but what does 'M7' mean? Are they the same schools as the 'Ultra Elites' listed on this site?


From BW: http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=73431

M7 is the collection of top B-schools whose deans meet every so often to discuss their curricula and the future of MBA education. The M7 schools are:

- HBS
- Wharton
- Columbia
- Kellogg
- Chicago
- Stanford
- MIT Sloan

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New post 14 Jan 2009, 14:26
I would say being from the northeast I'm used to the cold, but then again the current wind chill of 20F in NJ makes it a tropical paradise compared to Evanston (currently "feels like -9F"). So I'm not excited about the Chicago winter, but it didn't affect my decision.
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New post 14 Jan 2009, 14:29
zoinnk is correct, and I think the "M" stands for "Magic" according to a Bain presentation that I saw awhile back. Yes, the M7 schools happen to be the same schools as the so-called "ultra elite" referred to on this forum.

I thought this quote from that BW post was funny:

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Here's a quick guide:

If someone describes their school as the top ranked school, they go to HBS or Stanford
If someone says they go to a "Top 3" school, they go to Wharton
If someone says they go to a "Top 5" school, its either Chicago, Kellogg, or MIT Sloan
If someone says they're in the "M7", they go to Columbia
If someone says "Top 10", they mean Tuck, Ross, Haas, or <insert whatever school you insist belongs in the top ten, thus proving my point>

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New post 14 Jan 2009, 14:37
I figured this is not better time for a first post...the high in Chicago tomorrow is -1 with a low of -12. It has also snowed about a foot since Saturday.

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I didn't apply to any schools above the Mason-Dixon line. It's partly about the weather, but more about the overall lifestyle. Marylanders can rightfully claim to be a northerner or southerner, but truthfully we are rednecks in New York and yankees in North Carolina. It's just time to end the ambiguity.

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*sigh* The twelve inches of snow I've gotten in the past four days should tell you all you need to know. I was born and raised in Ohio, went to school in the south, then moved back to Ohio after college. Regret it? Sure do.

Outside of Georgetown, all of my schools are in better climates. There's something to be said for being in a happy environment.
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New post 14 Jan 2009, 15:18
zoinnk wrote:
From BW: http://forums.businessweek.com/n/pfx/fo ... &tid=73431

M7 is the collection of top B-schools whose deans meet every so often to discuss their curricula and the future of MBA education. The M7 schools are:

- HBS
- Wharton
- Columbia
- Kellogg
- Chicago
- Stanford
- MIT Sloan


Zoinnk...Thank you so much!

So if people's top factors are M7+Weather, it completely explains Stanford's low acceptance rate :-) I, however, did not take weather into consideration and may wind up having to buy snow boots....if I'm lucky.

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McDargoiowkel wrote:
Marylanders can rightfully claim to be a northerner or southerner, but truthfully we are rednecks in New York and yankees in North Carolina. It's just time to end the ambiguity.


So you're saying Marylanders are ridiculed and ostracized in both the north and south?
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Absolutely it has an impact. It's only partly tongue-in-cheek when I tell people, "I was lucky enough to be born in California, why would I ever leave?"

In all seriousness, with the exception of Tuck, I'm only applying to places where I'd like to live post-MBA. I'm not absolutely committing to working near the location of my MBA program, but I'd like to have it as a fail-safe. And basically, for me those places are either California or New York City.

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New post 14 Jan 2009, 16:49
It's -7 where I am right now. On Monday, we had 50mph winds that created a white-out blizzard. So it's difficult to get much worse.

While the warmer climate of NC was appealing during the application process, as soon as I received an admit from Kellogg I knew weather was not a concern because there was no question in my mind Kellogg over Duke.

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i am applying to UK schools. enough said about the weather


Ditto!

Being a SoCal native though, it may take some time to adjust to London weather. Reminds me of my first consulting project in New York, and how I didn't know how to use the ice scraper that came with my rental car... :oops: :lol:

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What's an ice scraper !!! :oops:

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buffdaddy wrote:
i am applying to UK schools. enough said about the weather


Ditto!

Being a SoCal native though, it may take some time to adjust to London weather. Reminds me of my first consulting project in New York, and how I didn't know how to use the ice scraper that came with my rental car... :oops: :lol:

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