Since everyone’s doing AMAs in other bowls, thought I’d kick one off here. Columbia mba ‘24.

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How's it feel being a stern reject

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100% agree S1

How's the weather over there?

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Not very nice. Sorry.

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Whats your SSN?

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What did you write in your personal essay?

Tech corp dev. 3.9 gpa from a top 50 school and 330 GRE.

Can you share the timing of:
- your application
- the interview notification
- the final decision
?

Thank you!

I think I heard back on interviews a month after applying, and heard back a month after my intvw.

NYC is expensive. Did you make a budget for the next two years?

Yep many roommates. I think it’s possible to get rent under 1600 if you’re savvy.

What are you targeting for post mba career

either banking or tech.

What sold you on going to Columbia?

I think that’s a stereotype from the 00s and before but has changed. You’ll def have a portion of the class that already has a network of nyc friends, but most are looking for a traditional mba experience. And while CBS is still probably best known for finance, they’re trying to diversify. Did not get a banker culture impression from the multiple alums I’ve met.

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How are you finding mba and rent and living expenses etc?

Oh haha loans for tuition and cash savings for the rest.

Where else did you apply? If you were accepted elsewhere, where else and why did you ultimately pick Columbia?

Harvard, MIT, Stanford. Interviewed at Harvard and was dinged. Not too sad bc I felt like Columbia was a far better fit. The students seem nice / grounded yet pretty multifaceted and interesting. CBS has the most intl students out of any M7 too which I thought was cool

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Did you hire an MBA coach to help craft your story? If yes, what was your experience / would you recommend?

I think picking friends or trusted mentors that you believe are the best writers are keu

How did you balance preparing for the GRE while doing corp. dev full time?

Actually did my GRE in senior year of college but it’s not too intensive - needs 1 - 2 months of intense prep after work.

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