If you want to vicariously feel what it might be like to be accepted into the MBA program at Harvard Business School you need to watch this video of Kel Jackson.
This could be the first time ever that an applicant to HBS had his computer camera on when he opened up the the school’s webpage to find out if he was admitted, dinged or waitlisted.
First, a little background, from Jackson himself. “This MBA quest has been the most daunting challenge of my career,” writes Jackson on his blog.
‘DOUBTED FOR YEARS IF I EVEN HAD A SHOT AT GETTING IN’
“My journey started years ago, when I knew that I wanted to earn my MBA but wasn’t sure how to do it. I dreamed of Harvard, but doubted for years if I even had a shot at getting in. After some research, I thought that there may be a chance — I decided to give it everything I had.
“I studied for months on end, eventually taking the GMAT 3 times. I agonized over my essays and revised them more times than I care to remember. When I was invited to interview on campus, I knew that just 30 minutes would determine the trajectory of the rest of my life. I did my best not to screw it up. Then I waited. Finally, at noon on decision day, I got the good news and immediately proceeded to jump up and down in my living room like an excited little kid.”
Jackson earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in 2011 from Auburn University and then immediately went to work for engine maker Pratt & Whitney as a process engineer. Two promotions later, now as an operations supervisor, he applied to business school.
YET ANOTHER REASON FOR CELEBRATION
When he opened his laptop at noon EST to get the news, he took a deep breath and exhaled. And then there is the priceless reaction, unbridled joy. He even jumps out of his seat, disappearing from the screen.
Truth be told, Jackson has two reasons to celebrate. His wife, Ebony, will be graduating from Pharmacy School in May and has a residency at a leading hospital in Boston.
“This is a dream come true for us both!,” says Jackson. “The timing could not have worked out any more perfectly, and frankly we still can’t quite believe this new chapter of adventure unfolding in our lives.”
Watch the video. It will put a smile on your face.