Best business schools for social life and alumni networkSubscribe
Hey guys, long time lurker first time poster.
TL;DR Which top 20 business schools have the best social life?
I'm trying to pick business schools to apply to and I have a bit of a dilemma. After high school I did a gap year working in my families business (its a small managed fund that also provides services to clients (HNWI's) mostly financial advice) I was working 6-7 days a week doing admin work/data entry/macro research/any grunt work that didn't need specialised knowledge. My family wanted me to work hard at everything to appreciate things and to learn the business well, and I would also try to go above and beyond my duties so that coworkers wouldn't feel as if I was abusing any nepotism. So I would do everything I could to help anyone and seeking out tasks the entire time. When it came to university the next year I went to a school in my city and would only go to class like one/two days a week, going to work before/afterwards and spent the days without class primarily working (lived at home not on-campus) with increasing responsibilities and rotating through job functions, averaging probably 60 hours a week on top of my study. After graduating I continued working about 7 days a week immediately doing 80-90 hours a week which was needed as the business was growing and going through organisational restructuring etc. I've been there full time after graduating for a couple years now and know the business very well. Things are starting to cool down for the moment and I'll be heading off to do an MBA. When I come back I'll be heading in to a GM type role and will eventually be taking over completely, but at this stage I just need help deciding where to go for business school.
Basically, after graduating high school, I've been super busy all the time and have had the worst social life. I have been working heaps to prove myself and learn as much as I could and help out the business as much as possible, and although it has been fulfilling, pretty much every aspect of my life has suffered from it (health/relationships/stress/friends). I have very few friends these days, as people from high school moved away/we drifted apart, and the people I work with are difficult to become friends with (for obvious reasons and also because of a huge age gap with nearly everyone), and I have no time for hobbies or anything. As a result, for business school I was wondering which schools in the top 20 or would be a good fit for me. I don't necessarily need to be in a big exciting city, but I'm looking for things like: a tight-knit cohort, a good social life, in a nice place to live, etc. I have a good GMAT (mid-700's) and a 3.8 GPA from undergrad, and my family are supportive of the idea of going to a business school that would be more enjoyable because of all the shit I have gone through over the last 7 years, as long as its at least a top 20 school. I kinda just want to slow down the pace for 2 years, learn some interesting stuff and do the things that I have missed out on in life so far, make new friends etc. Also schools with a good alumni network would be great. I'd rather go to a more general management education type school than a really finance oriented one, as I already majored in finance in undergrad and my job function in the future will be more of a GM type role.
So basically, I was wondering if anyone can recommend any schools I should start be looking at. I think somewhere like Tuck would fit the bill pretty well, but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Sorry for the long post lol this is the first time I have ever really vocalised (well in this case, typed out) my thought process and issues.
Thanks so much in advance!