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10/10/11

Where did you want to go to school? You can answer this by putting yourself in your shoes when you were 16-18 or you can use hindsight and pick a school that would've put you at a position to get a job at your dream firm(if you're not already at the firm).
I'll go first. I'd love the opportunity to study math at Caltech or Princeton.

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10/10/11

I wanted to study history and government at Harvard. Second choice was history at Yale with directed studies freshman year.

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10/10/11

Georgetown was my top choice. Followed a girlfriend to a lesser-target in DC. End well that did not, should've transferred when I had the chance. Recruitment is a bitch right now.

10/10/11

never really cared about school until i started at a state school and realized i needed to get out/could do better

10/10/11

I wanted to do premed at Johns Hopkins, but switched out of the sciences once I realized that $250,000 per year after 12 years of hard work, negligible earnings and massive debt is not that great. Contrary to what I had heard growing up, medicine had faded from its heyday in the early 90s to a firmly upper middle class profession. I actually loved science, but I didn't see any other reliably high paying careers in the field. I am grateful everyday that I didn't start at JHU, only to realize I didn't want to do medicine...or worse, go to a school with nothing but hard sciences, like Caltech.

Looking back, I wish I had applied to Stanford. I wanted to get out of California, and have been trying to get back ever since. Maybe it was worth it just to realize that I actually love my home state, despite its bad schools, broken politics, and high taxes.

10/10/11

I love my alma mater and wouldn't trade my college experience, but I am really partial to Princeton after visiting it. I just wish they had a grad program I was more interested in.

There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

In reply to Vilma
10/10/11
Vilma:

Georgetown was my top choice. Followed a girlfriend to a lesser-target in DC. End well that did not, should've transferred when I had the chance. Recruitment is a bitch right now.

Good luck.

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10/10/11

amherst or williams - i applied ED to one of these. Still would if I had the chance. No lay prestige, but I would've loved it.

10/10/11

I wanted to study econ or chemistry at Dartmouth. I didn't get in :(

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10/10/11

I go to a mid-Ivy, that I absolutely love but, seriously, Harvard, hands down. And not entirely for the name. The Government, Philosophy, and Economics faculties there are freaking legendary. The traditions are pretty awesome. Plus, Boston is a sick college town.

10/10/11

Wanted to do applied math and econ at Harvard. Didn't get in. Still perfectly content with my current school though, which was my 2nd choice.

10/10/11

Any university... as a poor immigrant I didn't know about rankings or prestige anything after high school would do.

10/10/11

Berkeley - any major...would've been sick

10/10/11

Wanted to go to Amherst, didn't get in and ended up elsewhere, but I would have used my ED card to go to Penn non Wharton, or Duke.

10/10/11

I wanted to go to Duke.

10/10/11

I decided to go to a community college after high school so I could get an associates in music then move onto a sound engineering school. Changed my mind and applied to transfer to UMich. Only actual university I applied to haha. Still pretty close to home which is pretty essential at this moment, and instate tuition rawks my sawks.

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10/10/11

I wish I had followed my dreams to the University of Texas. Damn women will be the end of me.

10/10/11

I would have taken Duke, UVA, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Southern Cal, Georgetown, or Vanderbilt coming out of high school. Probably Texas too honestly, I think I would enjoy working in Dallas/Houston and McCombs reigns down there.

Top three would be UVA, Harvard, Princeton in no order.

I didn't have the grades for any of those schools coming out of HS (had a knack for not liking to do homework for my first three years) but I turned it around in college and I'm now at one of the above (not Vandy, my username was made when I was at my old school). Now, I'd probably toss Dartmouth in there.

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In reply to West Coast rainmaker
10/10/11
West Coast rainmaker:

I wanted to do premed at Johns Hopkins, but switched out of the sciences once I realized that $250,000 per year after 12 years of hard work, negligible earnings and massive debt is not that great. Contrary to what I had heard growing up, medicine had faded from its heyday in the early 90s to a firmly upper middle class profession. I actually loved science, but I didn't see any other reliably high paying careers in the field. I am grateful everyday that I didn't start at JHU, only to realize I didn't want to do medicine...or worse, go to a school with nothing but hard sciences, like Caltech.

Looking back, I wish I had applied to Stanford. I wanted to get out of California, and have been trying to get back ever since. Maybe it was worth it just to realize that I actually love my home state, despite its bad schools, broken politics, and high taxes.

It's not just premed here. That's probably only 1/3 of the student population. We have good opportunities in Poli Sci, English, Econ, Physics, etc.

I like it a lot here, but I will say my first choice(s) were Wharton and Dartmouth.

10/10/11

@seedy underbelly
What exactly is a mid Ivy?

Top choice was Harvard.
But the topless girls sunbathing on the quads of some of the state schools I visited made it a really competitive choice.

@kmzz the girls at your state school weren't a factor in your decision?

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10/10/11

^Penn, Dartmouth, Columbia are mid tier(imo)
HYP
P,D,Col
C,B

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In reply to seedy underbelly
10/10/11
seedy underbelly:

I go to a mid-Ivy, that I absolutely love but, seriously, Harvard, hands down. And not entirely for the name. The Government, Philosophy, and Economics faculties there are freaking legendary. The traditions are pretty awesome. Plus, Boston is a sick college town.

I agree 100% with this. I went to a non-HYP ivy, and harvard is just fucking incredible. The campus, history, academics, prestige, awesome college town, all combine to make it one of the best experiences ever. Plus, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

10/10/11

easy guys

no need to get a Harv on

In reply to Brady4MVP
10/10/11
Brady4MVP:

, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

This is the 3rd time I've heard this, what makes you say that?

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In reply to Buyside
10/10/11
Buyside:
Brady4MVP:

, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

This is the 3rd time I've heard this, what makes you say that?

Because I've seen this firsthand amongst my friends who went there. The HBS guys especially do very well with boston girls. It's actually quite ridiculous how much play they get.

In reply to Brady4MVP
10/10/11
Brady4MVP:
Buyside:
Brady4MVP:

, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

This is the 3rd time I've heard this, what makes you say that?

Because I've seen this firsthand amongst my friends who went there. The HBS guys especially do very well with boston girls. It's actually quite ridiculous how much play they get.

That must be nice. Harvard must be the perfect place to go to school then. Great Academics, great finance recruiting, great prestige all over the world, great graduate schools, great alumni base, great school colors, great name, great PRO sports(screw the ivy league), Boston night life, and the Boston girls. :) I need to go write this essay, maybe I can go there!

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10/10/11

tbh I'd rather go to BC if I was in Boston...

actual sports teams, better looking girls for sure, more of a college atmosphere, not full of DB's

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10/10/11

Then when it's time to get a job...

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10/10/11

Boston girls aren't very good looking. I think Vandy. UT, or USC would be a lot of fun-good academics, good social scene. Still would take Harvard over everything else.

10/10/11

^ I think you can through Northwestern into that bunch as well. Maybe Stanford or Duke too.

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10/11/11

Stanford or UNC (out of state) were my first choices.

Ended up at Wake Forest and wouldn't change it.

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10/11/11

Princeton, Boston, NorthEastern, NorthWestern, Cornell, or West Point

I could KILL the people that talked me out of applying. The applications were half done when the fuckers around me convinced me to just "relax". Now, when I hear someone tell me to "chill" I shove them OUT OF MY WAY.

People who tell you not to go for the gold are NOT your friends.

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In reply to Buyside
10/11/11
Buyside:

^ I think you can through Northwestern into that bunch as well. Maybe Stanford or Duke too.

Buyside, how do you know so much about colleges at 16?

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10/11/11

First pick was Babson College, until I visited Villanova. Great campus, good undergrad business program and the girls sealed the deal.

Turned down Villanova because it was too expensive and instead went to a non-target with better financial aid.

10/11/11

Berkeley when I was younger because I wanted to be an engineer. Stanford would now be my dream school, followed by Wharton, Harvard, and UT-Austin.

At a non-target state school because I turned away from wanting to go college in HS and didn't do near good enough for a school like those. Hopefully a solid grad school will help me turn it around.

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10/11/11

Out of HS I wanted to go to Ohio State because all I gave a shit about was sports and had actually planned on becoming a cop. Then when I didn't get an athletic scholarship to Ohio State I went to a mid major for my sport were I eventually ended up transferring to a decent target and changing my goals. But I wish I had actually given a shit in HS and gotten into Stanford. Every person I know absolutely loves it there and they have top notch recruiting.

In reply to DNOsaur
10/11/11
DNOsaur:
Buyside:

^ I think you can through Northwestern into that bunch as well. Maybe Stanford or Duke too.

Buyside, how do you know so much about colleges at 16?

In 6th grade my grade visited Columbia, in 7th we visited Princeton, and in 8th we visited Yale. Also when I was preparing my prep school apps, I came across a site call CollegeConfidential. The rest is history.

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10/11/11

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

In reply to happypantsmcgee
10/11/11
happypantsmcgee:

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

I'd never set another foot in New haven...even if it means not going to Yale.

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In reply to Buyside
10/11/11
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

I'd never set another foot in New haven...even if it means not going to Yale.

I've heard that and been there. It certainly isn't the nicest place but, like I said, irrational.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

In reply to happypantsmcgee
10/11/11
happypantsmcgee:
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

I'd never set another foot in New haven...even if it means not going to Yale.

I've heard that and been there. It certainly isn't the nicest place but, like I said, irrational.

Good luck getting in. Just don't be surprised if you get mugged or if all the streets smell like piss. Great school in a bad area, kinda like Penn.

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In reply to Buyside
10/11/11
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

I'd never set another foot in New haven...even if it means not going to Yale.

I've heard that and been there. It certainly isn't the nicest place but, like I said, irrational.

Good luck getting in. Just don't be surprised if you get mugged or if all the streets smell like piss. Great school in a bad area, kinda like Penn.

The surrounding town is one of the biggest downsides to Notre Dame as well. Things have improved since I went there with some new stuff right near campus but South Bend overall is a dump.

There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

In reply to Kenny_Powers_CFA
10/11/11
Kenny_Powers_CFA:
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

I'd never set another foot in New haven...even if it means not going to Yale.

I've heard that and been there. It certainly isn't the nicest place but, like I said, irrational.

Good luck getting in. Just don't be surprised if you get mugged or if all the streets smell like piss. Great school in a bad area, kinda like Penn.

The surrounding town is one of the biggest downsides to Notre Dame as well. Things have improved since I went there with some new stuff right near campus but South Bend overall is a dump.

good thing you got to look at Touchdown Jesus everyday.

patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

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In reply to Simple As...
10/11/11
Simple As...:
Kenny_Powers_CFA:
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:
Buyside:
happypantsmcgee:

Yale. Still my irrational first choice for BSchool because of that.

I'd never set another foot in New haven...even if it means not going to Yale.

I've heard that and been there. It certainly isn't the nicest place but, like I said, irrational.

Good luck getting in. Just don't be surprised if you get mugged or if all the streets smell like piss. Great school in a bad area, kinda like Penn.

The surrounding town is one of the biggest downsides to Notre Dame as well. Things have improved since I went there with some new stuff right near campus but South Bend overall is a dump.

good thing you got to look at Touchdown Jesus everyday.

Exactly, I'd call that a wash with my meth-dealing neighbors senior year.

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10/11/11

Midway through college I wish I applied to the Naval Academy. But at that point I had already obligations to my sports team and a good group of friends. I wish I thought about it during high school.

no way kimosabe, this is my house now --Brennan Huff

10/11/11

When I was in HS, I thought I'd do well enough in a Canadian university and then go over to the States for grad school or an MBA down the road. In hindsight, I was probably good enough to get into a target and saved myself a ton of hassle

I would've applied to Stanford (reach), Northwestern, UIUC, NYU. Enough mental masturbation for the day =(

10/12/11

I didn't know enough about the college admissions process when involved in it. I'm not going to name the names but they were both Ivy and I declined because I didn't believe I'd fit. Mid-college I realized that was absolutely bollocks on my part.

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10/12/11

Wanted to go to Duke, Berkeley, or Northwestern (in order of preference) because I was and still am a sports nut and couldn't live without some sort of a D1 sports scene, plus those are all pretty prestigious schools globally. I actually didn't apply to any because I knew I wouldn't have a shot in hell and only applied to Cornell as a reach and got waitlisted. I'm hoping I can turn it around and get into one of those for grad school

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10/12/11

I wanted to go to Notre Dame from the time I can remember. Didn't apply, though.

If I could go back... Princeton, Wharton, UVA, and Dartmouth.

patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

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10/12/11
In reply to Kenny_Powers_CFA
10/12/11
Kenny_Powers_CFA:

I love my alma mater and wouldn't trade my college experience, but I am really partial to Princeton after visiting it. I just wish they had a grad program I was more interested in.

U from ND?

10/12/11

I applied ED to stern and got in, but I kinda wish I tried for some harder schools just to see on the slight chance I'd get in (prob Yale, Columbia, Brown, Princeton) in that order.

10/12/11

It's more the major rather than the school. I would have loved to have done engineering with my liberal arts major instead of just liberal arts. I would have loved to have gone to Stanford for engineering. Then my alma mater or UTexas (I love sports and the scene)

10/12/11

1. Wharton UG
2. Harvard
3. Princeton

10/12/11

Wanted to go to Yale.

Ended up going to another Ivy. Very glad I did, though of schools I was accepted at I was very partial to Duke.

Was sorry I ultimately did not apply to MIT. Would like a piece of paper from that school but probably would have jumped in the Charles having spent 4 years there.

In reply to Brady4MVP
10/12/11
Brady4MVP:
Buyside:
Brady4MVP:

, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

This is the 3rd time I've heard this, what makes you say that?

Because I've seen this firsthand amongst my friends who went there. The HBS guys especially do very well with boston girls. It's actually quite ridiculous how much play they get.

This is absolutely 100% true. I go to HBS parties and I can weave you a tale or two...

In reply to venturecapitalista
10/12/11
venturecapitalista:
Brady4MVP:
Buyside:
Brady4MVP:

, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

This is the 3rd time I've heard this, what makes you say that?

Because I've seen this firsthand amongst my friends who went there. The HBS guys especially do very well with boston girls. It's actually quite ridiculous how much play they get.

This is absolutely 100% true. I go to HBS parties and I can weave you a tale or two...

Pls do.

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10/12/11

Brady has a complete boner for HBS.

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10/13/11

I can smell the prejaculate from here

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

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10/13/11

I wanted to go to Michigan.

I went to Michigan.

Tangentially related: Ohio State, Tressel, and Pryor can all eat a dick.

10/13/11

Looking back I would have loved to go to MIT.

cosign on the HBS stories

In reply to djfiii
10/13/11
djfiii:

I wanted to go to Michigan.

I went to Michigan.

Tangentially related: Ohio State, Tressel, and Pryor can all eat a dick.

Haha, nice.

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In reply to djfiii
10/13/11
djfiii:

I wanted to go to Michigan.

I went to Michigan.

Tangentially related: Ohio State, Tressel, and Pryor can all eat a dick.

So, like, have the last 2,882 days been really tough for you?

In reply to bears1208
10/13/11
bears1208:
djfiii:

I wanted to go to Michigan.

I went to Michigan.

Tangentially related: Ohio State, Tressel, and Pryor can all eat a dick.

So, like, have the last 2,882 days been really tough for you?

haha

patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

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10/13/11

harvard, yale, princeton, columbia, and MIT.

MAN FUCK THIS SHIT. Why were ALL YOU PEOPLE SO MATURE BACK THEN?! I mean, SHIT. i was such a late bloomer in high school. i had a class rank of 153/736 and had an in-school suspension for programming a trojan and virus and implanting it in a classroom computer (so i can monitor that computer from another classroom and mess around with whoever was using it at the time, like turn up the sound and make sex noises, etc...)

i swear, my mom was looking to put me in community college after graduation until i took my SATs in junior year and scored a 640/800. That was the defining moment when I actually thought to myself "what the fuck? i actually have ...potential?" my mom was also taken aback. Hoping to raise my verbal score and also to verify that my SATs were indeed, accurate of my abilities, I took the SAT again senior year and scored 780/800/800. At that moment, I immediately started filing apps to every single top US college (1 week from deadline. Apps written in haste. TOTALLY FUCKING REGRET NOT BEING MATURE EARLIER.). Previously I had only sent apps to UNC and a few state colleges in the Carolinas.

I was waitlisted at Wharton, Cornell, Brown, UNC Chapel Hill, Michigan, Columbia Engineering, Univ Virginia.
Rejected from HYP and MIT and Virginia Tech Engineering (yes you heard me right), and Chicago.

Later rejected from all of the above waitlisted schools with all the admissions directors saying that they did not think I was "mature enough" to study at their institutions and encouraged me to apply transfer noting that my high SAT scores showed I had potential.

It was then that I finally snapped out of it and started hounding everyone and every opportunity I know and blasted in a shit load of materials to Wharton, the only waitlisted school who hasn't dinged me yet. At the end of July, a fucking phone call from Wharton one morning nearly gave me a heart attack. By then I had already submitted my deposit to attend North Carolina State Univ hoping to grow up and transfer later. Left my deposit there and packed my shit and headed to Wharton just one week later.

IF ONLY. If only I was grown up back in HS, I should have gotten into a lot more places. I didn't even know MIT had an undergrad business program until my 3rd year in college! I still remember joking around with my weed-smoking punk goth friends about going to Carolina State and majoring in music or some shit and coming back to start a band with them later.

WHAT. THE. FUCK. WAS. I THINKING.

In reply to bears1208
10/13/11
bears1208:
djfiii:

I wanted to go to Michigan.

I went to Michigan.

Tangentially related: Ohio State, Tressel, and Pryor can all eat a dick.

So, like, have the last 2,882 days been really tough for you?

yea, but the 8,456 days before that were pretty awesome. and the last 6 weeks have been pretty clutch as well.

In reply to lookatmycock
10/13/11
lookatmycock:

Left my deposit there and packed my shit and headed to Wharton just one week later.

IF ONLY. If only I was grown up back in HS, I should have gotten into a lot more places. I didn't even know MIT had an undergrad business program until my 3rd year in college! I still remember joking around with my weed-smoking punk goth friends about going to Carolina State and majoring in music or some shit and coming back to start a band with them later.

WHAT. THE. FUCK. WAS. I THINKING.

OH NOES, OMG MY LIFE IS A MESS BECAUSE I ONLY GOT INTO GOD DAMN SHITTY WHARTON AND DON'T HAVE 8 OTHER IVY ACCEPTANCE LETTERS TO HANG ON MY WALL. WTF WILL I DO WITH MY LIFE OMG!! I SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER!!!

In reply to djfiii
10/13/11
djfiii:
lookatmycock:

Left my deposit there and packed my shit and headed to Wharton just one week later.

IF ONLY. If only I was grown up back in HS, I should have gotten into a lot more places. I didn't even know MIT had an undergrad business program until my 3rd year in college! I still remember joking around with my weed-smoking punk goth friends about going to Carolina State and majoring in music or some shit and coming back to start a band with them later.

WHAT. THE. FUCK. WAS. I THINKING.

OH NOES, OMG MY LIFE IS A MESS BECAUSE I ONLY GOT INTO GOD DAMN SHITTY WHARTON AND DON'T HAVE 8 OTHER IVY ACCEPTANCE LETTERS TO HANG ON MY WALL. WTF WILL I DO WITH MY LIFE OMG!! I SHOULD HAVE DONE BETTER!!!

my post was about luck - something none of us should EVER rely on. seeing how i was rejected even at virginia tech, i should have been dinged from wharton as well. if that were the case, i'd be wiping my ass at knucklehead state univ all because i wasnt mature enough

10/13/11

anywhere? H, Y, or P, duh.

realistically, my biggest regret is studying econ and not finance. i know they are comparable from a recruiting standpoint, but i only learned theoretical stuff as an econ major, and wish i had learned more hard skills in finance.

In reply to 0vechkin
10/13/11
0vechkin:

realistically, my biggest regret is studying econ and not finance. i know they are comparable from a recruiting standpoint, but i only learned theoretical stuff as an econ major, and wish i had learned more hard skills in finance.

Same here, I've learned everything on the job, on my own, or from this site and M&I

Get busy living

In reply to lookatmycock
10/13/11
lookatmycock:

my post was about luck - something none of us should EVER rely on. seeing how i was rejected even at virginia tech, i should have been dinged from wharton as well. if that were the case, i'd be wiping my ass at knucklehead state univ all because i wasnt mature enough

yea I know, I was just screwing around. I probably shouldn't have gotten into Michigan either, but c'est la vie. luck has saved my ass more times than just that one instance.

10/13/11

Funnily enough, I got into the school that I wished I had gone to (one of H/P). Turned it down to goto a school with a better engineering faculty, but ranked lower overall.

In retrospect, probably not the right decision. Problem with me back then (and to some extent even today) is if I don't like a topic/field/task, I find it really hard to try. As it turns out, I hated my major, and not trying leads to some pretty ghastly results in engineering...haha. Anyhow, long story short - I graduated with a not-so-great gpa. The social life at my uni probably wasn't the best either, so it's not like I had a lot of partying to show for my gpa.

I did, however, find a professor who did research in something I ended up loving, and somehow got a RAship under him (which was tricky, since he had a super high bar for taking students - a bar far above my GPA at that time). Absolutely killed that, and that was probably my only saving grace that landed me a few jobs on graduation.

20/20 hindsight - tis a bitch.

In reply to LTV
10/13/11
LTV:

Funnily enough, I got into the school that I wished I had gone to (one of H/P). Turned it down to goto a school with a better engineering faculty, but ranked lower overall.

In retrospect, probably not the right decision. Problem with me back then (and to some extent even today) is if I don't like a topic/field/task, I find it really hard to try. As it turns out, I hated my major, and not trying leads to some pretty ghastly results in engineering...haha. Anyhow, long story short - I graduated with a not-so-great gpa. The social life at my uni probably wasn't the best either, so it's not like I had a lot of partying to show for my gpa.

I did, however, find a professor who did research in something I ended up loving, and somehow got a RAship under him (which was tricky, since he had a super high bar for taking students - a bar far above my GPA at that time). Absolutely killed that, and that was probably my only saving grace that landed me a few jobs on graduation.

20/20 hindsight - tis a bitch.

Is funnily a word?

patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

See my WSO Blog | my AMA

In reply to Simple As...
10/13/11
Simple As...:
LTV:

Funnily enough, I got into the school that I wished I had gone to (one of H/P). Turned it down to goto a school with a better engineering faculty, but ranked lower overall.

In retrospect, probably not the right decision. Problem with me back then (and to some extent even today) is if I don't like a topic/field/task, I find it really hard to try. As it turns out, I hated my major, and not trying leads to some pretty ghastly results in engineering...haha. Anyhow, long story short - I graduated with a not-so-great gpa. The social life at my uni probably wasn't the best either, so it's not like I had a lot of partying to show for my gpa.

I did, however, find a professor who did research in something I ended up loving, and somehow got a RAship under him (which was tricky, since he had a super high bar for taking students - a bar far above my GPA at that time). Absolutely killed that, and that was probably my only saving grace that landed me a few jobs on graduation.

20/20 hindsight - tis a bitch.

Is funnily a word?

http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2010/07/is-%E2%8...

In reply to LTV
10/13/11
LTV:
Simple As...:
LTV:

Funnily enough, I got into the school that I wished I had gone to (one of H/P). Turned it down to goto a school with a better engineering faculty, but ranked lower overall.

In retrospect, probably not the right decision. Problem with me back then (and to some extent even today) is if I don't like a topic/field/task, I find it really hard to try. As it turns out, I hated my major, and not trying leads to some pretty ghastly results in engineering...haha. Anyhow, long story short - I graduated with a not-so-great gpa. The social life at my uni probably wasn't the best either, so it's not like I had a lot of partying to show for my gpa.

I did, however, find a professor who did research in something I ended up loving, and somehow got a RAship under him (which was tricky, since he had a super high bar for taking students - a bar far above my GPA at that time). Absolutely killed that, and that was probably my only saving grace that landed me a few jobs on graduation.

20/20 hindsight - tis a bitch.

Is funnily a word?

http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2010/07/is-%E2%8...

That's pretty interesting. I just had never heard someone say that. I think I'm gonna start using it.

patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

See my WSO Blog | my AMA

In reply to venturecapitalista
10/13/11
venturecapitalista:
Brady4MVP:
Buyside:
Brady4MVP:

, college chicks in boston LOVE Harvard guys.

This is the 3rd time I've heard this, what makes you say that?

Because I've seen this firsthand amongst my friends who went there. The HBS guys especially do very well with boston girls. It's actually quite ridiculous how much play they get.

This is absolutely 100% true. I go to HBS parties and I can weave you a tale or two...

I would love to hear some HBS stories!

In reply to lookatmycock
10/13/11
lookatmycock:

harvard, yale, princeton, columbia, and MIT.

MAN FUCK THIS SHIT. Why were ALL YOU PEOPLE SO MATURE BACK THEN?! I mean, SHIT. i was such a late bloomer in high school. i had a class rank of 153/736 and had an in-school suspension for programming a trojan and virus and implanting it in a classroom computer (so i can monitor that computer from another classroom and mess around with whoever was using it at the time, like turn up the sound and make sex noises, etc...)

i swear, my mom was looking to put me in community college after graduation until i took my SATs in junior year and scored a 640/800. That was the defining moment when I actually thought to myself "what the fuck? i actually have ...potential?" my mom was also taken aback. Hoping to raise my verbal score and also to verify that my SATs were indeed, accurate of my abilities, I took the SAT again senior year and scored 780/800/800. At that moment, I immediately started filing apps to every single top US college (1 week from deadline. Apps written in haste. TOTALLY FUCKING REGRET NOT BEING MATURE EARLIER.). Previously I had only sent apps to UNC and a few state colleges in the Carolinas.

I was waitlisted at Wharton, Cornell, Brown, UNC Chapel Hill, Michigan, Columbia Engineering, Univ Virginia.
Rejected from HYP and MIT and Virginia Tech Engineering (yes you heard me right), and Chicago.

Later rejected from all of the above waitlisted schools with all the admissions directors saying that they did not think I was "mature enough" to study at their institutions and encouraged me to apply transfer noting that my high SAT scores showed I had potential.

It was then that I finally snapped out of it and started hounding everyone and every opportunity I know and blasted in a shit load of materials to Wharton, the only waitlisted school who hasn't dinged me yet. At the end of July, a fucking phone call from Wharton one morning nearly gave me a heart attack. By then I had already submitted my deposit to attend North Carolina State Univ hoping to grow up and transfer later. Left my deposit there and packed my shit and headed to Wharton just one week later.

IF ONLY. If only I was grown up back in HS, I should have gotten into a lot more places. I didn't even know MIT had an undergrad business program until my 3rd year in college! I still remember joking around with my weed-smoking punk goth friends about going to Carolina State and majoring in music or some shit and coming back to start a band with them later.

WHAT. THE. FUCK. WAS. I THINKING.

Wow. This story is inspiring as fuck. I love your tenacity and perseverance. I can't even imagine how shocked you were when you got that phone call from wharton.

I was waitlisted at harvard, yale, AND princeton. I was so devastated that I cried for several days, did not leave my house, and broke up with my girlfriend. My yale alumni interviewer, who was extremely impressed by me, called the admissions office on my behalf but still no cigar. The word I got from yale was that if I had scored a bit higher on the SAT i would have gotten in. It was gut wrenchingly painful knowing that I was so close to the ultimate prize but still fell short.

10/13/11

attending high school I got a 4.0 GPA but was too committed to a sport I dearly loved.....in hindsight had I known one injury would ruin my professional career I would have applied to HPM, Wharton, Dartmouth as I know so many ppl from my high school having lower gpas then I did that went to all of the above mentioned schools.

In reply to zfzxzzza
10/13/11
zfzxzzza:
Kenny_Powers_CFA:

I love my alma mater and wouldn't trade my college experience, but I am really partial to Princeton after visiting it. I just wish they had a grad program I was more interested in.

U from ND?

Yes

There have been many great comebacks throughout history. Jesus was dead but then came back as an all-powerful God-Zombie.

10/13/11

UVa. Still might try my hand at Darden.

10/13/11

Art Institute of Chicago, I always liked color by numbers.

In reply to Brady4MVP
10/13/11
Brady4MVP:

I would love to hear some HBS stories!

Brady4MVP:

I was waitlisted at harvard, yale, AND princeton. I was so devastated that I cried for several days, did not leave my house, and broke up with my girlfriend.

Brady, I just wanted to let you know... if you get rejected from HBS, we're here for you bro. Don't go sucking on no exhaust pipes.

Where did you end up going anyways?

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.

In reply to UFOinsider
10/13/11
UFOinsider:
0vechkin:

realistically, my biggest regret is studying econ and not finance. i know they are comparable from a recruiting standpoint, but i only learned theoretical stuff as an econ major, and wish i had learned more hard skills in finance.

Same here, I've learned everything on the job, on my own, or from this site and M&I

That's a fucking joke. Why would you spend $160k of your/someone else's money to learn shit YOU WILL ALREADY LEARN in the workplace.

Study econ, fine, but be a fucking human being. Have a life/interests outside of finance...

10/13/11

Also: HBS story for you:

Valentine's Day I called up an HBS friend because I didn't have a date. He was out with about 12-14 other people in a limo with a seemingly limitless supply of alcohol. We met up and we crawled around the town, drinking INSANE amounts of champagne and other things. No wait anywhere we went. Bottle service. Got thrown out a few places (couple girls getting fresh with doormen/bouncers). Can't say I remember all the night 100%.

HBS rents out entire buildings for parties... infamous Priscilla Ball, white party, etc. I went to the best Halloween party HBS threw once.

Weekends in Vegas? Try weekends in Dubai...

In reply to venturecapitalista
10/13/11
venturecapitalista:

Also: HBS story for you:

Valentine's Day I called up an HBS friend because I didn't have a date. He was out with about 12-14 other people in a limo with a seemingly limitless supply of alcohol. We met up and we crawled around the town, drinking INSANE amounts of champagne and other things. No wait anywhere we went. Bottle service. Got thrown out a few places (couple girls getting fresh with doormen/bouncers). Can't say I remember all the night 100%.

HBS rents out entire buildings for parties... infamous Priscilla Ball, white party, etc. I went to the best Halloween party HBS threw once.

Weekends in Vegas? Try weekends in Dubai...

Awesome. This is exactly what I've heard as well. HBS throws tons of parties, especially costume themed parties. And they have casino nights, weekend boat cruise on newport harbor, rhode island, and of course trips abroad. HBS guys are at the top of the social hierarchy in Boston. Heck, the girls at wellesley even invite all the 1st year guys to a huge annual party, and they pay for limos to pick them up.

HBS really is the best 2 years of your life. So much more fun than college; it's not even close.

Hilarious that HBS girls were getting "fresh" with the doormen. Lol.

In reply to Brady4MVP
10/13/11
Brady4MVP:
venturecapitalista:

Also: HBS story for you:

Valentine's Day I called up an HBS friend because I didn't have a date. He was out with about 12-14 other people in a limo with a seemingly limitless supply of alcohol. We met up and we crawled around the town, drinking INSANE amounts of champagne and other things. No wait anywhere we went. Bottle service. Got thrown out a few places (couple girls getting fresh with doormen/bouncers). Can't say I remember all the night 100%.

HBS rents out entire buildings for parties... infamous Priscilla Ball, white party, etc. I went to the best Halloween party HBS threw once.

Weekends in Vegas? Try weekends in Dubai...

Awesome. This is exactly what I've heard as well. HBS throws tons of parties, especially costume themed parties. And they have casino nights, weekend boat cruise on newport harbor, rhode island, and of course trips abroad. HBS guys are at the top of the social hierarchy in Boston. Heck, the girls at wellesley even invite all the 1st year guys to a huge annual party, and they pay for limos to pick them up.

HBS really is the best 2 years of your life. So much more fun than college; it's not even close.

Hilarious that HBS girls were getting "fresh" with the doormen. Lol.

Not sure I agree on social hierarchy. Not all HBS kids have a lot of money, and even the ones who do have debt to match.

No, sir, the top of the food chain, based on what I've observed, are the folks within the Bain Capital family... good lawyer gigs like Ropes & Gray... maybe some good corporate jobs within large companies like Novartis or other Pharmaco...

Oh and being a Bruin...

In reply to venturecapitalista
10/13/11
venturecapitalista:
Brady4MVP:
venturecapitalista:

Also: HBS story for you:

Valentine's Day I called up an HBS friend because I didn't have a date. He was out with about 12-14 other people in a limo with a seemingly limitless supply of alcohol. We met up and we crawled around the town, drinking INSANE amounts of champagne and other things. No wait anywhere we went. Bottle service. Got thrown out a few places (couple girls getting fresh with doormen/bouncers). Can't say I remember all the night 100%.

HBS rents out entire buildings for parties... infamous Priscilla Ball, white party, etc. I went to the best Halloween party HBS threw once.

Weekends in Vegas? Try weekends in Dubai...

Awesome. This is exactly what I've heard as well. HBS throws tons of parties, especially costume themed parties. And they have casino nights, weekend boat cruise on newport harbor, rhode island, and of course trips abroad. HBS guys are at the top of the social hierarchy in Boston. Heck, the girls at wellesley even invite all the 1st year guys to a huge annual party, and they pay for limos to pick them up.

HBS really is the best 2 years of your life. So much more fun than college; it's not even close.

Hilarious that HBS girls were getting "fresh" with the doormen. Lol.

Not sure I agree on social hierarchy. Not all HBS kids have a lot of money, and even the ones who do have debt to match.

No, sir, the top of the food chain, based on what I've observed, are the folks within the Bain Capital family... good lawyer gigs like Ropes & Gray... maybe some good corporate jobs within large companies like Novartis or other Pharmaco...

Oh and being a Bruin...

Let me clarify that. I meant at the top of the social hierarchy among students. Obviously a professional athlete or an investment professional at bain capital/baupost/wellington are more "prestigious" in the strict sense.

The guys at other schools deeply resent and envy HBS guys while the girls want to date them.

10/13/11

Check out this video of HBS students discussing how they are going to divide Boston's hot girls by region among themselves:

10/13/11

I thought you guys were talking about Harvard's UG, not the MBA B-School.

Learn Programming, Lectures by Professor Mehran Sahami for the Stanford Computer Science Department
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkMDCCdjyW8

In reply to Buyside
10/13/11
Buyside:

I thought you guys were talking about Harvard's UG, not the MBA B-School.

What about "HBS" makes you think of ug?

patternfinder:

Of course, I would just buy in scales.

See my WSO Blog | my AMA

In reply to Simple As...
10/13/11
Simple As...:
Buyside:

I thought you guys were talking about Harvard's UG, not the MBA B-School.

What about "HBS" makes you think of ug?

I know they meant HBS. I meant to quote an earlier post which made me think it was UG. Was looking forward to a UG story, but HBS will do.

Learn Programming, Lectures by Professor Mehran Sahami for the Stanford Computer Science Department
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkMDCCdjyW8

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