Michael Barbé T'22

“I come out of this experience more confident, informed, and sensitive, and I owe that all to Tuck.”

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Tuck is a special place for many reasons. As far as the academic experience is concerned, classes are discussion- and case-based. I found this to be an essential differentiator because the classroom experience is much more engaging, and by design, your classmates contribute to your learning. The relationships students have with staff are often personal. It was effortless for me to connect on a one-on-one basis with my professors, MBAPO staff, and my career advisor.

My advice to prospective students is to choose a business school that will encourage you to reflect on your core purpose. When I was applying, I had just come out of a severe medical crisis. For me, what I wanted deep down was to be immersed in a new community and make quality friends. Tuck lends itself to that, and it has been deeply rewarding to experience.

As a self-proclaimed “city boy,” moving to Hanover was out of my comfort zone. What I came to appreciate is that there are few places like it. The charm of the Upper Valley grows on you. The people are friendly, and the connectivity with the outdoors provides time for reflection.

Hanover’s remote location is a significant advantage. It’s true there aren’t as many restaurants and bars as you’d find near other business schools. Without the distractions of a bustling city, the focus is on each other. What the social scene looks like is: going to dinner in town, small group dinners, and parties at friends' places. It’s a change of pace from big city life, but I’ve realized that this cultivates strong bonds between classmates.

Applying to business school is a competitive process. It's easy to get caught up in the noise and lose sight of yourself and why you’re applying. The best advice I can give is that this school genuinely values authenticity. Let your true self shine through the application, and I’m sure you’ll be successful.

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