Day 2 – Stanford. After visiting Haas, i was less nervous and more mentally prepared. Class visit was scheduled from 9.30-12 and i got there early around 9ish. There were five other MBA aspirants, we all introduced ourselves and chatted for a bit before Admissions personnel showed up and gave us name tags. Meanwhile i was observing the atmosphere and its true what everyone says about Stanford – it’s laid back. Students in their pj’s and flip flops. I even saw a guy walking and trimming his beard on the go.Oh ya, a lot of East Indian students as well. Our group was split into two and my group was taken to Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital by Peter C Wendell & Raymond Gabriel Nasr. I honestly know nothing about venture capital, coming from tech background i had no expectations of knowing or understanding anything. But i couldn’t be more wrong. The case study was about firing a founder CEO by Board of directors. Everything was free flowing discussion and it was all making sense. The guest speakers work for a big VC firm which has shares in Instagram. He talked about uber’s CEO, investing in conflicting or rival companies etc. All in all it was wonderful experience. I didn’t get a chance to talk to students in the class but they ranged everywhere from sleepyheads to Prom queens. Question – Do i see myself at Stanford ? Let’s just say i was more confident before visiting Stanford. I will surely survive n thrive there but i need to dig deeper and do more research.
Campus visits play a crucial role in the MBA application process. It’s one thing to be passionate about one school but another to actually visit the campus, talk to current students, attend a class and see if you like the vibe. Going to a B-school that not only provides me right opportunities but also aligns with my personality is ….
So starting March 1st i am embarking on two week trip to visit potential B-schools. There are few omissions due to scheduling conflicts and work commitments. But looking on the bright side, i’ll have a special trip just to visit these two schools in couple months.
So here’s my schedule, if you happen to be in same city feel free to shoot a message. I would love to hang out with you 🙂
- March 1st – Haas
- March 2nd – Stanford
- March 6th – Kellogg School of Management
- March 8th – MIT Sloan
- March 10th – Harvard
- March 13th – Wharton
Dreams do come true, you just have to get up n work for them !!!