“People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven’t got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.”
~ Peter Ustinov
I just got off of the phone with a current Kellogg student not too long ago. Talking to a current student was one of the best decisions that I have made with regards to my application thus far. Here’s why:
Everyone who has the goal of attaining an MBA inevitably compares themselves to their “competitors”, or others who will be applying for their school(s) of choice. It is so easy for us to look at the long list of achievements that some of these people have made and immediately try to compare their profile with our own. Person “X” has more work experience and is from a highly known company, I have no chance. Person “Y” is involved in 1,000,000 extracurricular activities and still found time for a 3.98 GPA, I’m done for. Person “Z” cured cancer in one hand while solving a Millennium Prize Problem in the other, I may as well not even apply.
I’m one of those people who naturally compares myself to others. Hell I spend all day establishing and implementing performance metrics for a living, it’s just in my nature at this point. After all, if things go according to plan, these people will be my eventual peers/business partners/friends/combatants. And yes, I would feel tinges of doubt every time I read the profile of the proverbial “Clear Admit” prospect (pun intended).
Today’s chat with a very friendly, and VERY appreciated, Kellogg 2011 admit and soon to be alum put a voice and a personality to all those daunting stats. It was a breeze of a conversation, hopping around from which schools I’m applying to versus which he applied to, what sort of role he’s accepted for post-grad…even into how our brackets are doing in this years NCAA tournament. Terribly, by the way. In case you were wondering. I will definitely be following up with my new friend when I go on my Kellogg visit in April.
So, if you are like me and find yourself LinkedIn-stalking to see where you stand (no? just me?) then I wholly recommend getting a hold of a current student at each of your target schools. It’s amazing how your perspective changes when you add other humans into the discussion.
Where I am:
For the past month I’ve been researching my schools vigorously and paring them down to the ones that align with what I want out of an MBA. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how great of a resource the Clear Admit School Guides have been for me. Having everything you need on that school in one concise PDF is incredibly useful, especially when you open two and once and directly compare one school to another. They are a bit pricey at $25 a pop, but you can also grab their School Snapshots for free to get a feel on what to expect.
As briefly mentioned above I am beginning to set up my visits. I’ll be posting a rundown of my schools and visit time frames soon.