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So round 1 decisions are out at almost all the b-schools, and a bunch of people I know have been fortunate enough to get into top programs. They're obviously ecstatic, as they should be. Congrats to all of you guys who got in! Your hard work has paid off, and you can now relax and enjoy the holidays. Best of luck as you guys embark on the 2 most exciting and transformational years of your lives.

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  • wolverine19x89's picture

    Brady is no longer serious, I've suspected that for a while, but I think it's confirmed now...

    If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

    "There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

  • IlliniProgrammer's picture

    I am not 100% sure you need to go to B-school to be successful, and I'm not sure that *everyone* who graduates from the top B-schools winds up being successful.

    But congrats to all.

  • rufiolove's picture

    Thx... got into HBS, ecstatic for the life-defining 2 years to come... like to thank everyone for their encouragement.

  • Unforseen's picture

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  • junkbondswap's picture

    Im with Illini on this. Also, I suspect that b-school will not be the most exciting and/or formative period of their lives (sorry for them if it is) but congrats nonetheless.

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    Illini, of course a degree is not going to guarantee your sucess. It's absurd to think otherwise.

    However, a top MBA does open doors for you and gives you access to companies that you normally would not have access to.

    junkbondswap, socially, b-school is unrivalled. It's basically 2 years of never-ending social activities, travels, parties. Unless you're a fucking celebrity or jet setting trust fund kid, i doubt you will have a more fun 2 year period than b-school.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    bfin's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    Illini, of course a degree is not going to guarantee your sucess. It's absurd to think otherwise.

    However, a top MBA does open doors for you and gives you access to companies that you normally would not have access to.

    junkbondswap, socially, b-school is unrivalled. It's basically 2 years of never-ending social activities, travels, parties. Unless you're a fucking celebrity or jet setting trust fund kid, i doubt you will have a more fun 2 year period than b-school.

    How is being in school more fun than being retired after having a successful career hanging out with people who you actually care about instead of people you are trying to network with to get a job?

    But what do I know?

    The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

    WSO is not your personal search function.

  • In reply to bfin
    Revolution's picture

    blackfinancier:
    Brady4MVP:
    Illini, of course a degree is not going to guarantee your sucess. It's absurd to think otherwise.

    However, a top MBA does open doors for you and gives you access to companies that you normally would not have access to.

    junkbondswap, socially, b-school is unrivalled. It's basically 2 years of never-ending social activities, travels, parties. Unless you're a fucking celebrity or jet setting trust fund kid, i doubt you will have a more fun 2 year period than b-school.

    That's precisely the point. I'd much rather have the time of my life with people who are as intellectually stimulating and interesting as myself, while I'm in my late 20's rather then when I'm in my late 50's and can
    How is being in school more fun than being retired after having a successful career hanging out with people who you actually care about instead of people you are trying to network with to get a job?

    But what do I know?

    That's precisely the point. I'd much rather have the time of my life with people who are as intellectually stimulating and interesting as myself, while I'm in my late 20's rather then when I'm in my late 50's and retired.

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    Blackfinancier, you're making a false assumption-that people in business school are mainly hanging out with their classmates in hopes of getting something from them. Although i'm sure there are people who think that way, it is a far cry from what actually goes on socially. The fact of the matter is, students at top business schools genuinely want to meet new people and have fun. Lifelong memories and friendships are forged during this 2-year period.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    rufiolove's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    Blackfinancier, you're making a false assumption-that people in business school are mainly hanging out with their classmates in hopes of getting something from them. Although i'm sure there are people who think that way, it is a far cry from what actually goes on socially. The fact of the matter is, students at top business schools genuinely want to meet new people and have fun. Lifelong memories and friendships are forged during this 2-year period.

    You don't know first hand any of this information... you are assuming, based on others' accounts that your b school experience will be the best time in your life, but you have no way of knowing until you are actually there. Your obsession with business school is so sad. You have a good job, you should travel and just have fun, rather than paying tuition to do it with other people. None of your analysis of business school really seems to sync with the experiences my friends who went to HBS had, and I have several friends who went there.

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  • Brady4MVP's picture

    Rufio, I respect your points. In my case however, I don't like my job, and socially I don't have a lot of options due to my circumstances. A top b-school will open up a floodgate of career opportunities, and socially it will provide me with an experience that I can only dream about. There's nothing like being a young healthy person who is surrounded for 2 years by smart, interesting, accomplished people, and partying and travelling your ass off with them. That is something that money cannot buy.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    Revolution's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    Rufio, I respect your points. In my case however, I don't like my job, and socially I don't have a lot of options due to my circumstances. A top b-school will open up a floodgate of career opportunities, and socially it will provide me with an experience that I can only dream about. There's nothing like being a young healthy person who is surrounded for 2 years by smart, interesting, accomplished people, and partying and travelling your ass off with them. That is something that money cannot buy.

    Great points.

    This is a personal decision for everyone. Different people have their reasons for doing a top-tier b-school. It doesn't matter what anyone else has to say. There are millions of people who would love to be in the position of choosing between staying at work making well over 6 figures in a prestigious job vs. going to a top ranked business school. It's not like any decision will end badly.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    FinancialNoviceII's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    socially I don't have a lot of options due to my circumstances.

    Would this have anything to do with every word coming out of your mouth being an acronym?

    I'll say it again. Your obsession with business school is very unhealthy and it suggests to me that you're unhappy with how your life is playing out. Look, I'm sure business school is great, and would involve a significant amount of socialising but the fact that you're placing such a huge emphasis on it is frankly weird. Let's say you're 30 OK. I'm a whizzkid 26 year old, and I think I'm the shit. Do you think I want to socialise with you when your overeagerness is going to border on pathetic? God no. Most of these kids that you'll want to hang out with are going to be colossal douches, and the others will be hard-working family people, looking to further themselves and not loiter drunk at some bar come 3am.

    Drop this fascination with business school. If you hate your job, move the fuck on. I hated my job, know what I did? I quit. And I found another job within 3 weeks. In fact I had three offers at one time. Business school could change your life, correct, but the rate you're going it could turn out to be the most expensive mistake you'll ever make. Face facts bro, if Harvard was meant to be, you'd be there by now.

  • whatwhatwhat's picture

    bros if HBS prevents brady from offing himself because he hates his job and has no friends then let's just let him vent here. geez

  • In reply to whatwhatwhat
    FinancialNoviceII's picture

    whatwhatwhat:
    bros if HBS prevents brady from offing himself because he hates his job and has no friends then let's just let him vent here. geez

    He's not venting though. He's making it worse for himself.

  • PaulOwen's picture

    bradys a fag..

  • Mzz's picture

    This has gotten out of hand

  • eokpar02's picture

    Brady, what would you do if you didn't get into HBS?

    I am not cocky, I am confident, and when you tell me I am the best it is a compliment.
    -Styles P

  • In reply to wolverine19x89
    eokpar02's picture

    scottj19x89:
    Brady is no longer serious, I've suspected that for a while, but I think it's confirmed now...

    I don't know. He actually was pretty helpful in regards to answering questions about which programming languages to learn for S&T.

    I am not cocky, I am confident, and when you tell me I am the best it is a compliment.
    -Styles P

  • STorIB's picture

    I've never heard someone so desperate to have a good time. $2,000 bar tab is less expensive than 2 years at HBS.

  • shorttheworld's picture

    so as much as Brady combo-jerking off to HBS on this forum was / is overdone, everyone piling on and giving him shit for the same thing over and over again is pretty much doing the same. as others have said bradys given helpful advice to others on the site and at least is well connected enough to network with all these M7 kids. in the end he isnt hurting anyone at all-- and for the last couple of threads he hasnt really initiated any of the HBS fapchatting

    ill agree he does get overtly excited at times about it and focuses a bit much but everyone piling on him is just as much as people making snarky troll comments on reddit

  • SDBall22's picture

    B-School is definitely not 2 years of vacation, especially if you are pursuing a financial career. Grades count in recruiting and people are wicked competitive. I just finished the core at an Ivy B-School and it was totally miserable. People are incredibly stressed, worried about finding 6 figure jobs, staying up all night cramming for finals. We rarely ever partied. We studied and traveled to meet with alums in order to find jobs. And I'm far from a nerd or a loser. I would love to go out every night but you can't afford to slack off.

    I'm sure next year or even next semester will be more of a social scene. But don't fool yourselves. There is a ton of work to do and an incredible amount of pressure to find a job worthy of your school's ranking.

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    SDBall22, I don't want to sound like a jackass, but based on your use of the term "Ivy B-school," I'm pretty sure you're either at cornell or yale, in which case your description makes total sense. Once you go outside of the M7, getting a good finance job becomes extremely difficult. So you end up doing a lot of work, trying to impress recruiters with top grades, and networking your butt off to land interviews. At M7 and especially HSW, grades basically don't matter. Moreover, the top companies come to campus to recruit, thereby giving you ample opportunity to meet with them and get interviews much more easily. At the elite schools, students spend most of their time partying, socializing, and traveling. Yes, they work hard to get jobs, just like everyone else, but the pressure is not as nearly as intense.

    This is why for me personally, anything below a M7 is not worth the cost. If I do go to b-school and drop that kind of cash, I want to party like a fucking rockstar for 2 years and leave with fond memories that will last me until the day I die.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    Yale SOM Guy's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    SDBall22, I don't want to sound like a jackass, but based on your use of the term "Ivy B-school," I'm pretty sure you're either at cornell or yale, in which case your description makes total sense. Once you go outside of the M7, getting a good finance job becomes extremely difficult. So you end up doing a lot of work, trying to impress recruiters with top grades, and networking your butt off to land interviews. At M7 and especially HSW, grades basically don't matter. Moreover, the top companies come to campus to recruit, thereby giving you ample opportunity to meet with them and get interviews much more easily. At the elite schools, students spend most of their time partying, socializing, and traveling. Yes, they work hard to get jobs, just like everyone else, but the pressure is not as nearly as intense.

    This is why for me personally, anything below a M7 is not worth the cost. If I do go to b-school and drop that kind of cash, I want to party like a fucking rockstar for 2 years and leave with fond memories that will last me until the day I die.


    I go to Yale SOM. Not only do we abide by a grade non-disclosure system, we don't have grades. Last year, we had almost an 100% internship placement rate. For instance, in terms of investment banking, we had 40 out of 230 kids getting investment banking internships and 30 at bulge bracket banks. This was one of, if not the, highest placement ratios among all top business schools. From talking to my friends at other top schools, I definitely though recruiting was relatively easier at Yale given our small class size and outsized alumni contributions.
  • In reply to SDBall22
    Fungible's picture

    SDBall22:
    B-School is definitely not 2 years of vacation, especially if you are pursuing a financial career. Grades count in recruiting and people are wicked competitive. I just finished the core at an Ivy B-School and it was totally miserable. People are incredibly stressed, worried about finding 6 figure jobs, staying up all night cramming for finals. We rarely ever partied. We studied and traveled to meet with alums in order to find jobs. And I'm far from a nerd or a loser. I would love to go out every night but you can't afford to slack off.

    I'm sure next year or even next semester will be more of a social scene. But don't fool yourselves. There is a ton of work to do and an incredible amount of pressure to find a job worthy of your school's ranking.

    This is true. While B-School has been overall a very fun experience, academics are not by any means as easy as some people said (at least for me). I think ibanking recruiting is by far the most competitive one (but the one with the best success ratio, at least here). Grades do count in recruiting, maybe not as much as in undergrad but you have to be sure to do well in accounting and finance at least.

    All said, it does provide chances for an unbelievable career change, especially for international students.

  • In reply to eokpar02
    Unforseen's picture

    eokpar02:
    Brady, what would you do if you didn't get into HBS?

    If he doesn;t post a reaction video of himself as he's opening his email/letter of rejection, I will kill Brady.

  • shorttheworld's picture

    but then itd turn into him fapping on cam :) do you wanna see that :P

  • In reply to Yale SOM Guy
    Ravena's picture

    Yale SOM Guy:
    Not only do we abide by a grade non-disclosure system, we don't have grades.

    I was speaking to someone the other night and he mentioned that at several (most?) top business schools schools their is some sort of non-disclosure policy in regards to grades and recruiting. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    My best friend called last night. The guy is currently a first-year at a top 5 mba program, and he was telling me about his winter break thus far. His classmates went on a ski trip to colorado, where they got wasted and fucked like rabbits. In his words, "pretty much everyone has hooked up by now. It's really easy to get laid in b-school." Next, he went on a career trek in silicon valley, visiting start-up tech firms on the cutting edge. And now he is on his way to New Zeland.

    Fucking SICK life. Can any non-mba folks on WSO beat that? I doubt it.

  • donkeyBusiness730's picture

    Congratulations to everyone who made it.

    could you post a short generic profile about yourself though. i.e.

    ungrad school/gpa:
    gmat:
    industry/work experience:
    any extracurricular activities:

    Would really appreciate it. Just wanna gauge my chances too.

    Thanks and congrats again.

    Wally!

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    txjustin's picture

    Brady4MVP:
    My best friend called last night. The guy is currently a first-year at a top 5 mba program, and he was telling me about his winter break thus far. His classmates went on a ski trip to colorado, where they got wasted and fucked like rabbits. In his words, "pretty much everyone has hooked up by now. It's really easy to get laid in b-school." Next, he went on a career trek in silicon valley, visiting start-up tech firms on the cutting edge. And now he is on his way to New Zeland.

    Fucking SICK life. Can any non-mba folks on WSO beat that? I doubt it.

    So they went to Colorado, went on a ski trip, got drunk and got laid? Wow, impressive.

  • In reply to Brady4MVP
    bfin's picture

    Brady4MVP:

    Fucking SICK life. Can any non-mba folks on WSO beat that? I doubt it.

    If I didn't know any better I'd say you were in high school...

    The answer to your question is 1) network 2) get involved 3) beef up your resume 4) repeat -happypantsmcgee

    WSO is not your personal search function.

  • N.R.G.'s picture

    His classmates went on a ski trip to colorado, where they got wasted and fucked like rabbits.

    Whom or what did they fuck? Each other or someone (or something) else? Or, did they get fucked?

  • TNA's picture

    Unless you like pounding Indian and Chinese girls, I would say the whole "fucking like rabbits" dream is dead on arrival. I've been to a bunch of Wharton parties and for every cute chick you have 5 haggard ones. Also, if you think type A B school chicks put out like Florida State sorority chicks you might be wrong.

    Not saying B school isn't fun. My MSF was one of the best years of my life and I made a shit load of friends, but at the end of the day, school is school. You have to do well, interview, prep, etc. You are with kids who are highly driven and successful. They are not going to just roll up to interviews or classes wasted and say fuck it.

    What I find funny is the fact that Brady could probably get himself a decent crew of finance guys who like to party right off this website, without two years of an MBA. Also, when I think of bad ass party MBA, I don't think of cold as balls Harvard. Go to Stanford dude and just crush Cali chicks. The weather will be nice year round and you have Cali girls to pick up. Harvard is amazing, but if you are going because you think you might be slaying Sullfolk University girls, I would reconsider.

  • Chicken Dinner's picture

    ANT, no offense, but I wouldn't compare the 2-3 Villanova MSF girls to the talent at HYP

    Winner Winner

  • TNA's picture

    No, nor would I. But I WOULD compare the undergrads. Either way, if you think Harvard UG's are dime pieces you must be smoking crack.

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    ANT, I respectfully disagree with your characterization of Wharton. I partied there last fall; it was a fucking blast. There actually aren't that many chinese and indian fob's who can't speak english. I have no idea where this stereotyping came from. The first-year class at Wharton is now 45% women, with lot of attracitve ones who worked in fashion/media/marketing, etc. And there's tons of latin americans and europeans to boot. The same goes for HBS, although their women ratio is only like 35%. I do know for a fact that there are several ex-models who are at HBS now.

    Also, HBS guys do extremely well with the girls in boston. It's sort of a running joke among the guys there about how easy it is to slay chicks at schools like bu, bc, northeastern, wellesley, etc. As one friend put it, "it's so easy it's like shooting fish in a barrel."

  • TNA's picture

    Well I suppose we had different experiences. I didn't say everyone was haggard, just saying B school isn't this cornucopia of tri delts to smash.

    Look at Stanford. Much better scene IMO.

  • TNA's picture

    Brady, dog, you telling me dropping the HBS bomb makes getting laid easier than saying "I work in a hedge fund"?

    You just need some bros man, what city you in?

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    ANT, you're presupposing that mba guys are only limited to girls in their class, which is patently false. At Penn, for instance, the wharton mba guys are like demi-gods on campus. The girls in penn undergrad, nursing, law, med, are obsessed with getting with a Wharton mba bro. HBS is a bit different since their campus is in boston, not cambridge. Nonetheless, the HBS guys also do quite well with those in other harvard schools, and as i mentioned before, they are very popular among the non-harvard students in boston. The stories i've heard are pretty wild.

    And yes, dropping the HBS bomb is much more powerful than telling a chick that you work at a hedge fund. I mean, is this a serious question? For one, lot of hot girls don't even know what a hedge fund is. But I will bet my life that they do know harvard fucking business school. The Harvard name brand is one of the most prestigious and highly recognized names in the entire world. And second, there are thousands of hedge funds out there, the vast majority of which are awful. That's a tangential point, however.

    I live in Chicago. It's a great city, and my social life is quite decent, but it pales in comparison to what my friends at top b-schools are experiencing.

  • Brady4MVP's picture

    N.R.G., they fucked their classmates.

  • N.R.G.'s picture

    N.R.G., they fucked their classmates.

    Thanks, Brady.

  • solb22's picture

    I'm gonna have to call B.S. on this hyped up social scene Brady is talking about. The partying/hook up scene is unrivaled? WTF...what about undergrad. I have a hard time believing that the kids at bschool are going to be partying more than they did in college.

    Anyway-I have a friend at HBS and she has echoed an opinion I've heard multiple times-the social scene is more upper echelon and ritzy, with expensive ski trips and travel across the world (she has a hard time keeping up). Makes sense considering a lot of students have saved a decent amount of $, and I'm sure the international kids can tap into their parents funds. But I wouldn't be calling it "Animal House" by any means.

    Anyway-we made a HBS 2+2 group for newly admitted students (class or 2016). Come join us if you haven't already-just pm me and I'll send you the link. Happy Holidays everyone !

  • SDBall22's picture

    I'm calling BS too. First of all, 90% of the guys in B school either have families, are bookworms or are just nerds that have no idea how to party. Second, most girls in B school are not even close to being attractive. The ones that are attractive most likely have a boyfriend or fiancee. Hot girls in their mid- to late-twenties don't stay single forever.

    Party like a rockstar? There are no rockstars in business school. There are business school students in business school. It is completely different from undergrad. It is completely different from living in a major city in your early twenties with a good job and no other responsibilities.

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