‘I GOT A LOT OF LIFE ADVICE FROM ALUMNI’
Samer Sayigh, 27, a former consultant for Deloitte who came back from his summer internship at Google with a job offer, refers to it as “the non-financial returns of an MBA.” “It’s not just the networking,” believes Sayigh. “It’s friends for life. It’s a unique experience where you travel with classmates and go on learning expeditions with them. There is this peer development piece to it where you are exposed to so many different backgrounds. You’re hearing points of view that you otherwise would not have heard.”
The contact MBA candidates have already had with Tuck alumni is frequently described as invaluable. “These conversations start out with you saying, ‘I’m interested in your firm,’” says Thomas Cook, a former IBM programmer who is going to work for Bain in Boston. “But I got a lot of life advice from them.”
Emily Block, 29, who is joining Liberty Mutual after graduation, says the promise of those relationships is what sold her on the school. “As a senior in college, I knew I wanted to get my MBA and wanted to get it from Tuck,” says Block. “I wanted to be able to build real relationships with staff, faculty and students. That was important to me and I think will be really valuable. Twenty years from now, I want to be able to call up someone from Tuck and get an answer or help.”
Life in Hanover is pretty good these days.