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First, I want to make it absolutely clear that college is more fun than b-school, for the vast majority of people. However, there is a subset of people for whom a top MBA experience will trump college. There is obviously a lot of overlaps between these group; in no way are they mutually exclusive.

1. Overachievers who went to elite undergrad. These people are the good chunk of the student body at top schools. While state school kids were getting wasted and tailgating, they were working their butts off, getting that high gpa, piling up extracurriculars, and then dominating their demanding jobs. For them, b-school is their reward for their hard work, where they can blow off steam.

2. People being sponsored and returning to their employer. This is a coveted group, and everybody hates their guts. These are the guys who often skip classes, go out 4-5 times a week and could care less about how many people from their class got that mckinsey offer.

3. Smart nerdy types who don't quite fit into a college social scene. Some people, for whatever reason, just don't fit into most undergrad environments. Maybe they don't like typical college parties or are too socially insecure. I know a lot of these types who actually blossomed in b-school and had a great time. Maybe it's the b-school coccoon, where you are surrounded by so many people with similar interests, hobbies, and ambitions.

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  • wannabeaballer's picture

    Brady, I'm gonna guess that it was the verbal portion of the GMAT that kept you out of HBS.

  • jtbbdxbnycmad's picture

    This sounds like you're comparing the college experience and the b-school experience as a like for like, and that some people simply have a better time in one or the other. That's misguided. These are qualitatively different experiences. If you acted like a 28 year old in college while everyone else was acting 20, you're probably missing out just as much as someone acting 20 in b-school while everyone else is busy being 28. Often times, it's the same person acting out of sync in both environments.

  • Boothorbust's picture

    Good Lord, this is pathetic

  • Whgm45's picture

    Wait, what's the point of this post Brady?

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