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I know I haven’t given the promised admit weekend update, although its been more than a week since I got back from a fun (and busy) weekend in Palo Alto.  The biggest reason for this was my move.  I decided to not use movers and move most of my stuff myself: bad idea. The whole thing took almost four days not counting the two days it took to recover from it all.

I’ve been kind of lazy with this update and I’ve copied and pasted a lot of information right from the admit weekend schedule.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Schwab Residential Center, Palm Courtyard

After almost a full day of flying, I landed in SFO and realized that I should probably have followed the advice from the admissions office and brought some warm clothing along. It was cold, especially for me coming in from Miami.  My flight was delayed as well and after some driving around I decided that the Macy’s at the Stanford shopping center is the place to grab a coat from.  After walking all over I finally realized that the store was split into mens and womens building (pretty far from each other) and that I was looking in the womens!

In the end, I finally managed to find something reasonable and arrived almost an hour late at Schwab.

Everyone at the check-in desks was very friendly, finding a T-shirt for my wife. Love the T-shirts btw: they say “I got the Call” on the back.

I grabbed a drink and walked around meeting fellow admits, saying Hi to Derrick and meeting up with a group of Sri Lankans at Stanford who came there to welcome me.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Small Group Dinners
Restaurant close to El Camino
The first year student who was in charge of the small group dinner I was assigned to was very friendly and nice, welcoming each member of the group warmly and ushering us and all the SOs (Stanford speak for spouses – Significant Others) to dinner at the restaurant nearby.

Dinner was great and we heard about the diverse backgrounds of each person at the table, about the workload (which the first year said wasn’t too bad at all) and about what everyone wanted to do over the summer. My plan of sticking around home and visiting my sister were definitely the least interesting.

9:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Unofficial Gathering
Old Pro, Palo Alto
By the time we got out of dinner it was close to 1:30 East coast time and I was way too tired to go over to Old Pro. I heard from those who made it over there that the place really came alive around midnight or so.

Sunday, 26 April 2009.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Off-Campus Housing Tours

Off-Campus
I had planned to do the off-campus housing tours but it turned out this was way too early on Sunday morning for me.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Welcome Brunch
Schwab Residential Center, Vidalakis Dining Hall
Dean Joss and Derrick Bolton gave excellent speeches.  Derrick touched on the backgrounds of various members of the class of 2011 without mentioning any by name. The diversity of experiences among the group was amazing and very humbling. At each event, groups were re-assigned so that you met 5 or 6 new people at each table.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. MBA Curriculum Overview
GSB South Building, Bishop Auditorium
Professor Garth Saloner was supposed to do this but was not available, therefore it was done by David Kreps (A Econ professor at the GSB). Went over the flexibility, assigned advisors, grading etc.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. SO Job Search Discussion
GSB South, Room S161
My wife attended and thought there was useful information
shared. At some point during the weekend she decided that Stanford is a community she likes and that she will be joining me (eventually :)).

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Study Group Meeting
Jackson Library Study Rooms
Cases were distributed (I think four different cases) prior to the weekend. I was assigned to the Vocera case. There were rooms labeled with study group numbers. We had an interesting discussion with some members of the group very passionate about their views. The first few minutes we were not quite sure what we should do, so just ended up chatting with fellow admits.

2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. SO Hike to “the Dish”
GSB South, Meet at the Birds Courtyard
My wife joined other SOs and students for a three mile / five kilometer hike to one of Stanford’s landmarks. My wife made several friends and really liked the experience.

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break
GSB South Building, Birds Courtyard

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Class Immersion Experience
GSB South Building
My study group was assigned to Vocera which Jim Lattin, Robert A. Magowan Professor of Marketing conducted. It was an excellent class with a lot of cold calling. Everyone was given name placards to place in front of them. I was glad to not be one of those cold called. The discussion concluded in a direction that was completely unexpected based on our thoughts from the study group.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Housing Panel and Video
GSB South Building, Bishop Auditorium
Very funny video with GSB students based on MTV’s cribs going through each housing choice: Schwab, Escondido Village, Munger, and off-campus. Basically Schwab is the social place, although not anywhere near as nice or fancy as Munger. Escondido is just ok, but that’s where you have to live if you have a family. Munger came across as really really nice. Loved the dual refrigerators, that can be opened simultaneously! 🙂

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Housing Tour
Schwab, Escondido Village or Munger
I chose the Munger tour since I had a pretty clear idea of what
Schwab was like. There’s still a lot of construction going on at Munger but most of it is expected to be done in the Fall. The 4/4.5 layout at Munger is really nice. A lot of common area, decent sized rooms, etc. I think a lot of admits moved Munger up on there list after the tour.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Alumni Dinner
Schwab Residential Center, Vidalakis Dining Hall
Lynn Utter, President and COO of Knoll North America gave an inspirational and moving speech
. There were two other student speakers who were exceptional.

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Social Gathering with the GSB Family
Blue Chalk, Palo Alto, 650.326.1020
There were shuttles to take us over the the Blue Chalk ready after dinner
. A lot of socializing and meeting people with a lot of current students as well.

Monday, 27 April 2009

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Financial Aid for International Students
GSB South Building, S161
I didn’t attend as I qualify for aid as a US resident but there were many worried faces after this. I heard the rates on the no-cosigner loan options were really high.

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Birds
GSB South Building, Birds Courtyard
Grabbed some quick breakfast
and coffe and ran into the next event at Bishop auditorium.

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Managing Your Career
GSB South Building, Bishop Auditorium
The Career Management Center (CMC) Director Andy Chan gave an introduction to the internship and job hunt and the resources available at the school. The personal attention that the CMC seems to give each student was a highlight. There were several students available to answer questions and discuss how they found their internship / job options.

10:50 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Global Experience Requirement Student Panel
GSB South Building, Bishop Auditorium
Several current students discussed Global Study Trips, GMIX internships, STEP, SAIL and Service Learning Trips. Everyone had great things to say about the requirement and seemed to have had wonderful experiences. Dancing in Brazil, private jets in India, etc..

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Barbeque, Across the Street and Club Expo
GSB, Plaza Courtyard
Many of the GSB clubs had desks and provided information about their activities. I think because of GSB’s Exclusive Academic Period (EAP), a lot of the real recruiting for clubs doesn’t happen until a few weeks into the term. This was just an informal gathering.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Leadership Development
GSB South Building, Bishop Auditorium
Student led discussion about several of the leadership development resources available. There seemed to be a lot of focus on leadership fellows.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Campus Tour

I missed the last couple of events of the day (below) as I had a flight to catch and ran off early.

3:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Final Remarks
GSB South Building, Bishop Auditorium

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Class of 2011 Celebration
GSB South Building, Front Steps

Overall it was an excellent weekend that really highlighted the diversity of the class and the friendliness and close knit community offered by the GSB.


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The Admit weekend homework assignment has just arrived.  The reading is for the Class Immersion Experience which will be an “interactive class” in Marketing taught by Prof.  Jim Lattin. The class immersion is basically an enhanced  class visit. There are no regular classes that prospective students can sit in on during admit weekend.

Reading involves a case titled Vocera Communications (32 page document).

There’s also a 35 page optional reading assignment related to the case from The Complete Guide to Accelerating Sales  Force Performance (the first chapter).

Prof. Lattin has taught the introductory marketing class for first-years for the last 20 years. This should be very interesting I think.

There are also study groups assigned! We find these assignments on the first day of the admit weekend. Cold calls are promised as well!

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