Harvard Banter  

Posted by Dino Gane-Palmer né Ganesarajah in ,

Will this election see America's seat of power passed from a Harvard Business School grad to a Harvard Law School grad? Funnily enough, the guy I met on Saturday bared an uncanny resemblance to Obama.

On Saturday night, I was at a party and met a guy who was a Harvard undergraduate and Yale Law graduate. We spoke a bit about business school. He had some definite and strong views, which I have recited below. As always, controversy and emotion are never far away when Harvard is concerned. Remember, these are not my views, but his!

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  • "If you get in, you'd have to be an idiot not go to Harvard".
  • "Walking around the Harvard Business School campus, you can just smell the wealth, the $3 billion dollar endowment. You can feel it in the strength of the floor as you walk around." [He mimed the smelling and walking as he said this]
  • "No matter which part of the world you go, whether it is the outer reaches of Cameroon, Mongolia or where-ever else, they know what Harvard is. It is the only international brand". [Interesting, since it is considered to have a weak international curriculum].
  • "Harvard just emanates power".
  • "The kids at Harvard Business School won't be any smarter than the ones at London Business School; in fact there will be some real idiots at Harvard. But they will think they are smarter. And so will everyone else."
  • "Harvard Business School is so beautiful and just has such amazing facilities and resources... it will amaze you. There is nothing like it."
  • "There are some top private equity and hedge fund firms that are full of Harvard and Wharton alum, and they will only hire from these two schools as well. They have nothing against the other schools. They just like to keep it in the family."
  • "You're not applying to Columbia!? You have to apply there! People walk straight out of there into Goldman Sachs."

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8 comments

utterly pathetic how giddy i am that Columbia got mentioned amidst the HBS and Wharton chatter!

22 October 2008 at 05:48

utterly pathetic how giddy i am that Columbia got mentioned amidst the HBS and Wharton chatter!

22 October 2008 at 05:48

LOL Tieny, I think Columbia's reputation is certainly rising. Hope you're making short work of getting through that to do list. I'm just dying to get to the stage where I can write one!

22 October 2008 at 22:25

LOL Tieny, I think Columbia's reputation is certainly rising. Hope you're making short work of getting through that to do list. I'm just dying to get to the stage where I can write one!

22 October 2008 at 22:25

haha bro, i have not started anything on my personal to-do list though i've crossed off a few from CBS' official list. i've done some good research on exactly which classes i'm going to attempt to exempt out of though.

what makes you think that "Columbia's reputation is certainly rising"? i get the opposite feeling: that it's stagnant or even falling. columbia gets blasted for their yield-consciousness and ED policy as well as for not being innovative enough and being pigeon-holed as a finance school. i still love them of course because after all, true love lasts forever :P but i do realize the school's detractors have some legit points. i'm curious on the basis behind your opinion :)

23 October 2008 at 04:24

haha bro, i have not started anything on my personal to-do list though i've crossed off a few from CBS' official list. i've done some good research on exactly which classes i'm going to attempt to exempt out of though.

what makes you think that "Columbia's reputation is certainly rising"? i get the opposite feeling: that it's stagnant or even falling. columbia gets blasted for their yield-consciousness and ED policy as well as for not being innovative enough and being pigeon-holed as a finance school. i still love them of course because after all, true love lasts forever :P but i do realize the school's detractors have some legit points. i'm curious on the basis behind your opinion :)

23 October 2008 at 04:24

Opps. Sorry Tieny. I thought I had replied to this.

I think Columbia's reputation is rising because sooo many people seem to be applying there. In fact, where I live, the attendance at Columbia info sessions is three or four times the number for Wharton. And remember, the applicants of today (whether they go to Columbia eventually or not) are the employers of tomorrow... and they will certainly recognize the CBS when they come to hire.

28 October 2008 at 22:58

Opps. Sorry Tieny. I thought I had replied to this.

I think Columbia's reputation is rising because sooo many people seem to be applying there. In fact, where I live, the attendance at Columbia info sessions is three or four times the number for Wharton. And remember, the applicants of today (whether they go to Columbia eventually or not) are the employers of tomorrow... and they will certainly recognize the CBS when they come to hire.

28 October 2008 at 22:58

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