Oh the Irony
Can't post anonymously anymore, so now I have to be very vague. (pls fix)
A peculiar thing happened this week. Periodically I get calls from our PR department as I have been sought for media comment on various things in the past based on my position, industry, and line of work. This week I get a call and I'm thinking it's yet another rag of a periodical that will twist what I say yet again (fake news really does this!).
Nope, I have a call from a target school in a neighboring city that wishes to have me in and give a talk on a particular topic I specialize in. All good right?
Thing is, I applied to this particular school for anprogram some time ago. I traveled to the school, took a tour, and looked the admissions in the eye when I handed over a few items they needed. Admissions saw some of my raw figures (GMAT & GPA) and said, "I think you'll be just fine." We shook hands and I left the campus.
About 3 weeks later, I get a flat out reject to enroll in this school. No waitlist. Just a do not pass go do not collect a target MBA degree. I'm over being petty, but I can't help but wonder if this admission person just wanted to cash my $200 check vs. telling me that I'm a flat out nope. Just an FYI, but a target school may get as many asyear. 10k*200 is $2,000,000. Let's not kid ourselves that this is real revenue for a materially small department to earn. Target schools also hoodwink people by flaunting the 500 GMAT with a 3.0 student who has life experience to enrich the total student body in his/her/their personal essay...
Anyways. I'm considering if I should go to said school and give the speech they want me to give. Much like when I've talked to the press, everything is scoured by my organization for compliance and CYA purposes and I think this speech will be no different. I can't help but wonder what I may blurt out if someone dares ask, "Why did you enroll in mid tier MBA program vs. this target MBA program?"
Anyways. Deep thoughts on a Thursday. Funny how life comes full circle sometimes. I'm not that big of a deal. But if I was, I would command an honorary degree for showing up.