H6. What is one piece of advice you have for someone who is about to start an MBA program?
Oddly, this question provoked conflicting advice from MBAs on a couple dimensions.
- Many MBAs emphasize that business school is a time to explore new things and people; many other MBAs said that it's so overwhelming that you have to narrow your focus.
- Some MBAs felt that academics didn't matter very much, but there was a vocal contingent that stressed diving into everything, including your classes, and getting as much out as you can.
However, most MBAs emphasized that this can be a really fun time in your life, if you let it.
Explore new things, people
It seems like having a narrow focus would be best; but exploring the small decisions allowed me to get clearer about what really mattered
I never took the time to ask myself what I really wanted to do; I had interests beyond what I had written in my application
Explore a lot of different fields, careers, classes; the opposite of the application; ask really stupid questions
Get to know your classmates
Enjoy it! Don't stress too much
Some people got so wrapped up in academics that they forgot to look for a job and have fun
Narrow your career focus, know what you want
You don't have time to try everything; take the summer before to think about the 2-3 careers you want
Dive in head first, do as much as you can
There are only 2 ways to screw up a top 10 MBA program: trying to do too much academically, or not doing anything
Travel as much as you can
If you're going to start a company, do it sooner rather than later; I think that dropping out of business school is a dominant strategy
Treasure a break before school starts; put in some preparation before the first semester
I focused on academics because that was a weakness; identify your weaknesses and focus on those