Harvard MBA - How hard is it once you get in?

How hard is HBS actually? I know its hard as hell to get in, but are you working your ass off whenever you are actually in or is more about just networking?

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May 11, 2007 - 4:40pm

The workload is not hard at all. B-schools are mainly about networking and honing your resume. From what I heard, HBS students have a blast; they go out a lot and take lavish spring break vacations to places like Vegas, Miami, Brazil, etc. Plus, HBS has trekks, where students travel to different locations to learn about job opportunities at these places. I'm applying next year, and would lose my mind if I got in. HBS is truly a life altering experience.

May 12, 2007 - 4:30am
jjc1122:
The workload is not hard at all. B-schools are mainly about networking and honing your resume. From what I heard, HBS students have a blast; they go out a lot and take lavish spring break vacations to places like Vegas, Miami, Brazil, etc. Plus, HBS has trekks, where students travel to different locations to learn about job opportunities at these places. I'm applying next year, and would lose my mind if I got in. HBS is truly a life altering experience.

Yeah I agree it is truly a life changing experience; BTW how many years of work experience have you had? I will be going up to visit in June... I just graduated and I anticipate to apply in a mx of two minimum of one year

May 11, 2007 - 5:35pm

on the other hand, i've heard that some Bschool programs are extremely rigorous and strenuous. Darden (UVA), for example, works their 1st year students like dogs, but as a result they all have very solid fundamentals (hence why companies like Lazard recruit there)

May 11, 2007 - 5:40pm

Darden is toning it down a bit because they realize that all the extra work didn't do a damn thing to help recruiting or bring up rankings. So I think they're trying to be a little closer to the rest of the top 10/15 as far as the workload.
B-school in general is nowhere nearly as rigorous as, say, law school. And yes you get to travel the world. All that said, remember that HBS and Wharton just got rid of grade non-disclosure last year. From what I've heard from friends till in b-school, it got a lot less fun this year, as grades now matter. At Wharton, for instance, participation in extracurriculars has dropped markedly from last year to this year, and I've heard the same things from friends at HBS.
It was an amazing experience with GND (which only Wharton, HBS, and Chicago had, I believe, and this year only Chicago has it). Now it's a little tougher, but still fun. And you guys who won't go for a few years will be too late to see the difference anyway.
Travel as much as you can during school, and don't sweat it if you have to take out loans for it all. I traveled to 16 different countries during my 2 yrs of b-school, and wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world.

May 11, 2007 - 9:55pm
skins1:
Darden is toning it down a bit because they realize that all the extra work didn't do a damn thing to help recruiting or bring up rankings. So I think they're trying to be a little closer to the rest of the top 10/15 as far as the workload.
B-school in general is nowhere nearly as rigorous as, say, law school. And yes you get to travel the world. All that said, remember that HBS and Wharton just got rid of grade non-disclosure last year. From what I've heard from friends till in b-school, it got a lot less fun this year, as grades now matter. At Wharton, for instance, participation in extracurriculars has dropped markedly from last year to this year, and I've heard the same things from friends at HBS.
It was an amazing experience with GND (which only Wharton, HBS, and Chicago had, I believe, and this year only Chicago has it). Now it's a little tougher, but still fun. And you guys who won't go for a few years will be too late to see the difference anyway.
Travel as much as you can during school, and don't sweat it if you have to take out loans for it all. I traveled to 16 different countries during my 2 yrs of b-school, and wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world.

wow 16?! that is crazy and i had no idea mba school is so much fun

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