I was curious to know perspectives from people who went to top 10 (even top 20) programs, how their MBA school effected where they settled down long term, as well as how that effected their friends/relationships from childhood/high school/college.
I'm an individual who has pretty much spent my entire life living/studying/working within a 100 mile radius of where I was born and raised. Went to a large state school, where 99% of people live also within a 100 mile radius. I'm not happy/proud about this fact, hence why I'm considering MBA programs quite a distance from home (but not int'l MBAs). I'm thirsty for the transformational experience I think it will provide me, however I'm curious to know how much the location in which you decide to attend MBA school effects your career/life long term.
Thus, I'm curious to know what happens when people leave their hometown and go to a top program, where typically the best opportunities are in large cities, far from home. Do people typically move to large metro areas for a few years post-graduation for the career opps....and then eventually migrate/relocate closer to their friends/family? (Even if it means taking severe pay cuts, and working in a less prestigious position/company?)
For those who choose to stick in these large metro areas longterm, away from home... do they completely rely on their MBA network of friends as their new social structure in their city (as their hometown/college friends naturally fade away)?
I would appreciate some insight into this question from people have personal experience or have observed MBA classmates, as I feel many people tend solely look at what school will get them that "perfect" post-grad gig, not what MBA school will provide them with the long term satisfaction in both their career and life.
For some people who grew up constantly moving, went to college far from home, and/or worked in another city afterwards (as I noticed many ivy league u-grads do)...this question may seem, perhaps, a bit immature. However, if you are someone whose entire entire life network consists of people within a one-hour drive of where you grew up, you can understand the long-term "bigger picture" that faces someones decision to attend an top MBA program far from home.
As a final note, I would like people's honest observations/opinions about this, not b.s. motivational encourage. I'm not trying to say that moving away from home long term is bad thing, or that I'm afraid of childhood/college friends fading away.