Transfer Student at Ivey - Keys to Success?

Hi Guys,

So after 3 months of intense thought, I finally decided on transferring to Ivey for the HBA program from a non-target (my school should not be hard to figure out) this September. Having been probably been one of the most difficult decisions of my life (definitely the most annoying), a generous financial aid package and advice from numerous friends, and yes extremely, extremely helpful Monkeys on WSO finally persuaded me to accept the spot. As someone commented most eloquently: "Ivey for IB."

Anyways now that I've made my decision, there is no way in hell that I can let myself fail. I'm giving up a very comfortable living at home scenario with me graduating with a surplus in scholarships for a large amount of student loans and for the first time in my life, help from my parents, no certainty of guaranteed success - something many of my fellow classmates do not seem to understand, and a hell lot more difficult competition.

After all these negatives, I'm going to try my very best to achieve my goals at Ivey and I'm trying to figure out how to do that. I want to start prepping from now for what awaits me in September and to that end I have some questions.

I was hoping current students/former alumni or anyone with a logical opinion could help me. I have literally scoured the internet and this site for all things Ivey and some questions still remain.

  1. Do transfer students have significant disadvantages at Ivey as compared to AEO's?
  2. I have almost no connections in the industry. I'm trying to build them up this summer, but I've heard that Ivey recruiters has an extremely strong bias for those connected students. Is this true and if so is there any way I can compete with these kids and win the top jobs? I have never had a job in the industry although I am currently a research assistant for a Finance professor at my University (I also have two other jobs leading me to work 80 hr weeks)
  3. What should I do to prep for the academic side of the school. I've scored very well in several case competitions but any suggestions would be helpful.
  4. Any other words of advice to offer for an extremely paranoid and as you can clearly see, obsessive student?

Thank you for the help in advance, I've received amazing advice from WSO in the past and I'm hoping that trend continues.

P.S: I apologize for my melodramatic tone, however, I find that my future success is somewhat of a big deal to me.

Comments (4)

Jul 9, 2011

People come and get educated at IVEY for one reason: to become filthy rich. That's it. We're not here to make friends. We're not savin' the fuckin' manatees here, guys. You want vacation time? Go to Carleton University.

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Jul 10, 2011

Did I say I want vacation time? I'm trying to start working immediately to as you say, "become filthy rich." That and that I'm currently naive enough to believe that banking and finance are my true interests. I gave up a guaranteed road to medical school for this and I'm sure as hell not going to waste that.

I'm already ready to work 24/7 to succeed at Ivey, there is no question it's going to be an intense road. I want to prep now so I have a head start and unfortunately, I'm a naive optimist. I want to go not only for the opportunities and the money the school offers, but as cliche as it sounds, make intelligent lifelong friends, start my independent away-from-home life, and enjoy my last years of school in a different unique environment.

So although your points are pessimistically valid and make sense, please offer me some real advice.

Jul 10, 2011

As far as the transition, Ivey does a great job with orientations for transfer students, you'll really get to know the campus and the people so that won't be a problem. There are a few disadvantages, mainly with the adjustment to the case method (which you said won't be a problem) and also with clubs as you'll obviously have missed out on some executive roles in Western clubs (Like WIC).

"Know thyself"

Jul 10, 2011