|Who doesn't love National Geographic?|
- Hardest news to hear: "For the reasons you mention–low GPA and lowish GMAT, plus non-blue chip firm—you’re asking them to blink twice or maybe 1.5 times, and they will take someone similar to you with better stats and schooling" Ahh. And there it is - the truth. *gulp*
- Most encouraging news to hear: "I like you, and my guess is, with real solid execution, which should be easy, given how smoothly your goals flow from your experience, you could be real strong candidate at Kellogg, Haas, Yale, and Duke." *yay!* These are some schools that I am, also, very excited about.
- Alignment with my future goals: "The rest of this is just so solid. A neighbor of mine started an educational consulting company right out of Harvard Ed School, doing what seems like what your company does, and he had an HBS grad working for him." That sounds amazing and right up my alley.
- To end: "Explain the grades in some way and stress international do-gooder stories, and write back and tell me you made it to Harvard or Stanford." Check and check, and if I do, you can expect a manuscript :)
|Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight!|
- Stanford (joint degree in School of Education): 15% to 20%
- Harvard Business School: 20% to 30%
- Berkeley: 40+%
- Yale: 50+%
- Wharton: 25% to 40%
- Northwestern: 40% to 60%
- Columbia: 40% to 50%
- Duke: 50% to 60%
|I was lucky enough to attend my "dream school" at my undergraduate institution, but am also realistic in having more than one "dream school" for B-School :)|
- Brand Name & Reputation. Is that superficial? Let me clarify then - I don't necessarily mean the exact rankings, but one that is well-regarded and a record of
taking credit forcreating leaders. ;) There's a reason why schools have strong reputations - a degree from that institution carries a high value, and the experience and connections are priceless. On the other hand, I'm not going to apply/choose a school that is ranked #10 just because it is ranked higher than #11.
- General Management Focus, not just finance-y or only known for being numbers heavy, but a school that aims to and has a history of producing real leaders.
- Social entrepreneurship connections - ideally they would be high up on the Beyond Gray Pinstripes rankings for social, ethical and environmental stewardship.
- Most Importantly, school culture and fit - students that are collaborative, positive and PASSIONATE, not just ambitious. I don't want to be sitting next to students who only want to crunch numbers all day and earn the big bucks on Wall Street (though, I grudgingly admit we may need those people too), but also connected to those who are earnestly wanting to change the world (I mean GLOBAL impact) for the better. I want to be around people who dream really, really big, and have the drive and talents to back it up. On the other hand, I recognize that I would gain a great deal learning from those who have different skills than I do, and so what I'm really looking for is a BALANCED student body - one where I would naturally fit in.
- West Coast Location - okay, that is a definite plus so that I can be close to family, but I will live anywhere. Heck, I'll even suck it up for cold weather. I was raised in Alaska, so I don't mind walking around in a snow suit if I have to. In fact, that would be probably very fashionably ironic and retro in my current city! I picked my undergrad school partly based on the sunshine, but this is serious grad school stuff we are talking about here ;)
- Management Consultant Firms recruiting, or track record of sending a high number of students into consulting
- International draw or opportunities for study abroad
- Joint program with schools of Education
- Emphasis on recruiting women or a female-friendly environment, student organizations for women in business, strong female alums
- Fairly young student body - want to be going to school with students that are around my age, similar interests in starting up company and early in career. Of course having older students to learn from different perspectives is always beneficial.
- Connections to entrepreneurship in general; down the road, I'd love to start my own company/organization.
- Balanced curriculum - I think I can gain the most from curriculum that is structured in that it has a solid foundation of the required basics, but also electives. I have had a taste of the case study method and I do feel like it is very compatible with my style of learning.
- Oh and a beautiful campus sure doesn't hurt!
So here we go: first school to break down on the list is the first school I actually visited (was in Singapore for business this Spring and coincidentally, was able to attend a Friday evening informational session):
- Truly a global business school in terms of curriculum, diverse student body, companies that recruit,
- Highly ranked and great reputation (outside of the US would be stronger than within the US)
- Heavily recruited by management consulting, send many graduates into consulting, but also have strong entrepreneurial ties
- Visited the campus and expressed interest, love that you can study on both the Singapore and Fontainbleu France campuses
- Will only be forgoing one year of salary, though on the other hand, I'm not sure I can get all I want out of an MBA experience in just one year.
- #28 on Beyond Grey Pinstripes for social impact
|great word. even better great fruit, second only to mangos :)|
|Why the sudden Viggo interest? One reason: Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings orchestra is coming to my city....and the repressed LOTR fanatic in me is very tempted to get tickets and geek out|
|Oh yeahhh. The orcs have nothing on you :)|
Okay. Time to snooze. I can't believe my GMAT re-take is just a few days away...and this time, I really hope it will be my last!
Au Revoir, (one of the only other french phrases I know...) Somehow I have a feeling I'll be dreaming of Joey learning French from Phoebe..
Bucket List Continued:
28. Work and/or study in a different country for at least a few months. Soak up the language, culture and grub. Challenge myself outside of my comfort zone so that I can be truly adaptable to all situations. Come away with a better understanding of how I fit into the global fabric and how I can contribute.