Harvard | Mr. Software PE
GMAT 760, GPA 3.45
Kellogg | Mr. Social Impact Initiative
GMAT 710, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Policy Player
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Unilever To MBB
GRE 308, GPA 3.8
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
Rice Jones | Mr. Carbon-Free Future
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Navy Nuke
GMAT 710, GPA 3.66
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Salesman
GMAT 700, GPA 3.0
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
Wharton | Mr. Future Non-Profit
GMAT 720, GPA 8/10
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
London Business School | Mr. FANG Strategy
GMAT 740, GPA 2.9
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
Wharton | Mr. Hopeful Fund Manager
GMAT 770, GPA 8.52/10
MIT Sloan | Mr. Healthtech Consultant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.44
London Business School | Mr. LGBT Pivot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Mr. CPPIB Strategy
GRE 329 (Q169 V160), GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Student Government
GMAT 34 (ACT for Early Admit Program), GPA 3.75
Chicago Booth | Mr. Healthcare PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Kellogg | Ms. Sustainable Development
GRE N/A, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.89
Kellogg | Ms. Big4 M&A
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Ms. Rocket Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. African Energy
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4

Now Into The Next Stage Of His B-School Path: The Network

I haven’t even started business school and I’m aflutter with new ideas and ambitions.  The past two weeks have launched me into the next stage of my business school path: the Network.  And I am already blown away by the opportunities and connections buzzing around me.  If the events I’ve attended and the people I’ve spoken with are any indication of things to come, I can only imagine the extent I will grow and change during business school.

The past two weeks I’ve attended Yale SOM and Kellogg events, spoken with admitted prospectives, current students, and alums, and talked my poor boyfriend’s ears off. In particular, the career center reps were knock-your-socks-off awesome.

I was able to chat for a good 30 minutes with staff from both schools and they already had me churning with new ideas: from potential internships with Bridgespan, an arm of Bain Capital, which provides consulting to non-profits, and Parthenon, which consults for public schools, to a post-MBA fellowship with the Broad Foundation, which places fellows in leadership roles within urban school districts.

I am super enthusiastic by all these career possibilities and love how helpful the career center people have been, from putting me into contact with alumni to explaining their recruitment efforts on campus. I have heard online how frustrated people are with the career centers at their schools, so I’m wondering if it’s just hard to get face time on campus when you’re competing with some hundred other students.

In addition, I’ve had enlightening conversations with current students who have worked for Teach for America, KIPP, Citizen Schools, among other places.  It’s super exciting to know that “my people” are going to be on campus with me the next two years, wherever I end up.

All in all, the number of intersections between business and education is already flouncing around my mind like Mexican jumping beans.  The possibilities are endless and as an ambitious and driven person, I’m ready to seize them!

I’m pretty close to making a final decision, but just dotting my i’s and crossing my t’s before making the big announcement.  That and hoping I can do some money talking to reduce the debt load.

In the meantime, look out for a post from my +1 this week!

Sassafras is a 29-year-old MBA applicant who works for a San Francisco-based non-profit organization with a primary focus on youth development and education. With a 730 GMAT and a 3.4 grade point average from a highly ranked liberal arts college, he currently blogs at MBA: My Break Away? His previous posts for Poets&Quants: