Monday, January 10, 2005

Farewell to Haas

This morning, I officially withdrew my Haas application from consideration. I was invited to interview at the Jan 22nd Super Saturday a couple of days before Christmas. After the holiday hoopla, I started thinking about my situation and possible scenarios/decisions. I waited until the last possible day to decide whether I would be attending Super Saturday or bowing out of the Haas race. I talked about this with family and friends on several occasions, and I kept coming back to the same conclusion. My application strategy was to apply to both CA state schools in hopes of getting in to one of them (preferably Anderson due to my post-MBA aspirations) so that I would have an in-state option. After I had some time to process the news of my admission to Anderson, I started to think, is there any scenario in which I would choose Haas over Anderson? I couldn't think of any. Cost-wise they'll be the same, but Anderson is better for sports/media, I prefer the location, the move would be cheaper, and I felt like I vibed better with the folks at Anderson. Every time I would bring this up with family & friends, they all said the same thing: "You pretty much answered your own question. If you wouldn't choose Haas over Anderson, there's no reason to continue." So in fairness to the Admissions Team and my fellow applicants, and in the interest of saving a little money for admit weekends & moving expenses, I decided not to attend Super Saturday and to withdraw my application. It was easy in the sense that I feel confident I'm doing the right thing, but there's that little part of me that likes to finish what I start.


MC YP said...

Dear Wakechick,
I just came across your fine blog today, with my DJ producer as we were contemplating our forthcoming hiphop album which will be featured on my site Both of us are in professional schools at the moment, myself in lawschool, my DJ producer in business school. The reason I'm writing is to convince you to apply to Ohio State. There are many waterways nearby where one can wakeboard and the business school is ranked in the top 20 in the world. Good luck in you application process.

MC Young Professional

Classy said...

I completely understand Babe! Save time/money while you still can:-)...

Interesting comment too..;-)

MC YP said...

Dear Classy,
I've just learned about this whole MBA blog community. I think it's great. I also happened to check out your site. Congrats on Cornell and your "great Boy". . . though I'm a little confused about your response. Cornell costs more money but what are paying for exactly: its hotel management school; beautiful and secluded Ithaca; maybe its the barely Ivy League status. :)

best wishes,
MC Young Professional

DaRaverLA said...


I think you made the right decision. If you want to work in LA, UCLA is the place to go.

I applaud your decision-making process, by the way. I know that it wasnt easy for you.

Dave for MBA said...

I agree... you made the right decision. It's for the best. But, I know it wasn't an easy decision... but man... what a position to be in.

JDiddy said...

Congrats on making a tough decision. I'm sure you can breathe easier now! After all, you're the one who's going to spend 2 years at the school you choose, so if you aren't feeling it, you aren't feeling it. It's great to get opinions from those you trust, but ultimately, it comes down to what you feel in your heart.