You’ve probably already tuned in to some MBA student chats or Zooms where the admissions teams at top schools have trotted out smiling students broadcasting to you from their apartments, telling you about what the Spring semester has been like for them. The most common reaction, after they lament that they aren’t able to go for coffee or happy hour with their cohort and they miss seeing people on campus, seems to be “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be.”
If you’re trying to decide if you should actually move forward with your plans to matriculate at the school you’ve been accepted at, in the face of all the uncertainty of whether it’ll be on-campus or on-line, today we’ll offer more EssaySnark prognostications and some insights into the student experience if, as we’ve been saying, it does end up being a remote-only (or remote-optional) mode of teaching for at least part of the Fall term.
The biggest downside — besides canceling summer travel like Kellogg’s KWEST and similar adventures at other schools — is that an online-only start to the Fall means that there’s none of that hoopla and excitement that comes with your entry into your MBA experience. The first few days and weeks of bschool are INTENSE and incredible and super enjoyable for most people. They are jam-packed with ice-breakers and orientations and happy hours and team-building bonding experiences. It’s literally impossible to recreate that in a Zoom room.
That would be a real loss, and it would be one major way you’d be cheated if you’re going to be matriculating into the Class of 2022.
But, orientation only lasts for a week(ish) — and your schools will definitely have some form of re-orientation makeup activities once you do eventually come to campus, if your initial entry to bschool must be remote. Those re-orientation parties might be even more fun, since you’ll already know your classmates by then!
What else might you expect if the start to your MBA commences with online-only? Specifically, how will it be for you as a brand-new student joining all the other brand-new students via Zoom?
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More here on our expectations for the Class of 2022 Fall experience if it turns out it starts remote!
You may have already made up your mind. You may have an admit secured in your hot little hand, and you’ve already deposited, and are just waiting to get news from the school on whether you should be moving house this summer or not. We offer the thoughts here today about what that first term might be like for you only to recognize the reality that there are lots of things that will affect you as a new student at a new school in a few months, including some you may not have considered. We hope you’ll proceed with your plans if you do have an admission already, since we’re confident that the MBA is an incredibly valuable educational experience, and that you will gain that value whether it’s through a screen or in person. Plus, coronavirus is not the permanent state of affairs for all of humanity moving forward. There will be an end to it, and you can either have an MBA when that end happens, or not.
We believe that post-coronavirus will be even better with you as a bschool graduate.
If you have questions about your specific situation, or if you’ve heard directives from any schools that shed light on the uncertainty for them, please share! Comments are open or you may post in SnarkCenter for private communications with your EssaySnark consultant. And, here’s a follow-on post that offers further discussion of the factors that can determine whether a particular school meets the challenge of delivering an online curriculum or might flounder.
Coronavirus and the MBA
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- Coronavirus: Admitted to the Class of 2022 and decisions to attend
- Coronavirus: Admitted to the Class of 2022 and deciding not to go