Dhirubhai Ambani, a prominent figure in the Indian fraternity, once said “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs”1. Here I was, during the past 11 years doing exactly that. I was hired by international MNCs to build someone else’s dream. While I did learn important business & management skills, I never had the confidence to start my own business. Slowly but steadily I spoke to like-minded colleagues about my aspirations. These were people with MBAs who explained to me the advantages of a MBA over a regular master’s program. A few months later, I was convinced to do a MBA which I strongly believed would help me achieve my long term goals i.e. setting up a boutique consultancy firm in India.
My first requirement while choosing a business school was the quality of teaching and the amount of interaction I would have with its professors. Abc, a Harvard alumni mentioned that not only did Harvard attract excellent professors, the class sizes made it easier to interact with the professors2. I immediately knew that this was exactly what I was looking for. Abc’s testimonial about her experience at Harvard was the starting point I was looking for which strengthened my reasoning to join Harvard.
My second reason for choosing HArvard was the student diversity that the school offered. I was keen to interact and study with students from different cultures and backgrounds. Melissa’s testimonial seemed to showcase Harvard’s strong belief in diversity. She said “One of the things I most appreciate from my MBA experience at HArvard is to have been exposed to such a diverse