Sunday, June 9, 2013
Scary how quickly time flies
On Friday night, I met up with one of my best friends for a farewell dinner. He is just wrapping up his MBA at a top 5 program and will be moving to NYC with his girlfriend (whom he met during the pre-orientation trip abroad!).
While talking, I brought up how time seems to go faster as we grow older. It felt like yesterday when I met him for dinner after he just started b-school. That was 22 months ago; it is unreal how fast that time has gone by.
I asked him for his "concluding" thoughts on his MBA experience. I was taken aback at how apathetic he is about b-school, especially compared to his undergrad. From the moment I met him, he could not stop gushing over how awesome college was, how much fun he had, and how it's truly a "once in a lifetime" experience. As to b-school he remarked how he got tired of the constant partying and drinking and how things just got stale after a few months. He thought his classes were remarkably easy, with very little useful skills acquired during his time in b-school.
I think his views are sort of in the minority, but nonetheless he's a very smart capable guy whom I respect tremendously. It did get me thinking on the precise value of a top MBA from an academic standpoint and whether the social experience has been hyped up a bit too much. Of course, I'll never truly know the answers to these questions until I can actually get my butt into one of these schools!