Juan comes to New Hampshire from Argentina and is looking forward to life at Tuck as a member of the Class of 2015!
At that time, I had decided I would base my choice of MBA on two basic drivers other than academic excellence and prestige: community and collaboration. I was clearly seeking the old-time campus experience: a place where I could socialize, study and interact closely with students and professors – not only meeting them in classroom settings but also having dinner with them. I am convinced that being part of a small class is a big advantage since a small class setting provides the context for developing a closely-knit network of friends and relations – something that it is highly valued in Latin America, where I come from –, so when I got to review Tuck I was blown away.
My decisive click came with my Tuck interview. As it was Saturday morning and I had to drive 50 miles to the place where the Admissions representative and I had agreed to meet, my wife came with me. Once the representative from the Admissions team had led me through the basic questions (it was much more of a conversation than a cold interview), she surprised me with a request: she asked me if she could meet my wife, who was waiting for me at the coffee store in the building. I considered this request a very positive and caring gesture.
Later on, alumni I was able to get in contact with confirmed this approach. Everyone got back to my questions and concerns in just a few hours; I was amazed by the hospitality of these people! So when I received the Admissions notification call back in March, from a 11111111 number (international calls appear with that number in Buenos Aires), I closed my eyes and waited to hear “Tuck School of Business” at the end of the first phrase. I did, and the only thing I remember saying was: “Thank you”. I was so happy I couldn’t hear anything else… I still can’t remember the rest of the conversation!
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