We had a client last season who didn’t make it in. We’re bummed about it, but we also could’ve predicted it. No, wait — we DID predict it.
(We told her to retake the GMAT. She asked a gazillion times if she “had to.” We said no, that there were plenty of interesting components to her profile that the adcom would appreciate, but that it would seriously hurt her chances if she did not. She didn’t retest. She didn’t get in.)
We had a client last season who didn’t make it in. And since then, we’ve traded occasional emails about what she’s going to do next.
Last we heard, she’s going to apply for an EMBA program that doesn’t require the GMAT. Because she really wants an MBA. But this school has literally nothing to do with the career goals she presented to us last year, the admirable and inspiring and believable goals she worked up for her essays to the top 10 programs she originally applied to. She said she’d just keep her current job (it pays well, she’s successful at it) and do this EMBA program on the side.
OK fine, we say. But why?
If you’re changing your career goals to not even do the thing that last year you said you were so passionate and excited about (it had something to do with changing the world, you know the shtick)… and you’re lowering your standards to a school that is likely to accept you because THEY ACCEPT EVERYBODY…. and you’re going to keep your current job and your company isn’t even paying for the MBA BECAUSE YOU DON’T NEED IT….
Then why are you getting an MBA?!???
This sounds like a clear example of being enamored of the prestige.
“Because I want one” (pouty face) is a fine answer if that’s all ya got, but this is a very expensive bauble to be toying with.
Yes, hopefully this Brave Supplicant will benefit from the actual experience of the MBA, will meet fabulous new people and have interesting experiences along the way. But is that worth $150k? (not only will this particular program accept most anyone, they will gladly take most of their money too; it’s a very expensive route to the MBA).
We’d rather have a new car (a couple of them) or a downpayment on a house or a yacht or something if the only reason behind the MBA is “I want one.” Call us shallow and superficial and material but it is what it is.