Columbia | Mr. Aussie Military Man
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0 (rough conversion from Weighted Average Mark)
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Poet At Heart
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Food Waste Warrior
GMAT Not written yet (around 680), GPA 3.27
Harvard | Mr. Hopeful Philanthropist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.74
Stanford GSB | Mr. Sustainable Business
GRE 331, GPA 3.86
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Analytics Man
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Future Tech Exec
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. FinTech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. FinTech
GMAT Not Taken Yet, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. MacGruber
GRE 313, GPA 3.7
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Microsoft Consultant
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.31
Yale | Mr. Ukrainian Biz Man
GRE 310, GPA 4.75 out of 5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Future Angel Investor
GMAT 620, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Software Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.84
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. FBI To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.85
Harvard | Mr. MBB Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Yale | Ms. Impact Investing
GRE 323, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Business Reporter
GMAT 2150, GPA 3.6
Darden | Mr. Former Scientist
GMAT 680, GPA 3.65
Harvard | Ms. IB Deferred
GMAT 730, GPA 3.73
Harvard | Mr. Amazon Manager
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. Military In Silicon Valley
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0

10 Comments That Made Us LOL In 2015


Trolls aren’t funny. But it can be awfully amusing to see them put in their place. Fortunately for our editorial team and our readers, most of those who visit our pages have a strong and serious interest in the contents. Thus the reader comments section that follows each story generally reflects that reality. Discussion tends to be civil, often thoughtful, and generally adds to our value proposition. But the Internet, of course, is open to one and all, and we get the odd visitor who is, well, odd, and probably ended up at Poets&Quants by misspelling some pornographic search term (we could only imagine what they might be looking for, and we choose not to imagine that).

Also, we have to admit, we have some less-than-constructive commenters who appear to be so familiar with business schools that they must exist somewhere within the MBA ecosystem (hey Princeton Review, how about a ranking of “Business Schools With the Most-Offensive Trolls?”). Whether an obnoxious comment has been deposited by a passerby, or a dedicated reader, we get tremendous enjoyment when other readers find clever ways to point out the fallacies in the “reasoning.” First we may cry over the presence among our species of the dangerously intolerant, but our tears soon turn to healthy snorts of schadenfreude, when some of you, our beloved readers, rip the heartless bigots to shreds with a few carefully selected words.

So, most of the comments that made us laugh out loud this year were zingers responding to statements of foolishness, or bigotry, or both. However, some comments which were focused on the story at hand, rather than the discussion below it, also provoked us to laughter. The sex scandal at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, as might be predicted, generated a number of humorous comments. But the school appears here twice, thanks to a reader who has identified a new “thing,” a remarkable entity that we’re sure must be seen to be believed (if even then).

“Okay man”

MIT Sloan School of Management - Ethan Baron photo

MIT Sloan School of Management – Ethan Baron photo

When one reader took a gander at the MIT Sloan School of Management Class of 2017 feature story and concluded that “Sloan places a high premium on physical attractiveness and pays little regard to meaningful, selective work experience,” another reader came back with a pithy rebuttal. Responding to “Esuric,” James Lee quoted some material about one of the students profiled, found on a website for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds scholarships for military veterans. It turns out that student Erik Mirandette had led counterintelligence teams in Afghanistan and other countries, having joined the U.S. Air Force after recovering from massive injuries he received in a suicide bombing in Cairo that killed his younger brother while the two were backpacking from South Africa to Egypt. Reader Lee just pasted in the material from the foundation, and ended briefly: “Okay man.” Other unquestionably attractive students profiled in the story came from business backgrounds in keeping with admits to elite MBA programs.