We decided to follow up with some of our past MBA blogger interviewees to see where their admissions journey brought them. Next up in our series is Joshua Feng, also known as MBA Boy, author of the blog MBA Applicationland and first year student at Dartmouth Tuck. The original interview with MBA Boy can be found here.
Accepted: What is your favorite thing about Tuck so far? Least favorite?
MBA Boy: Favorite: it’s really easy to be yourself – the student community is really tight-knit and embraces the diversity of our class
Least favorite: recruiting starts so early that you don’t have much time to think about what you’d like to do, at least for the summer.
Accepted: Looking back at your MBA application experience, is there anything you would have done differently?
MBA Boy: Well, I’m really glad where I ended up, and I don’t tend to be one to dwell on the past. If I had to pick one thing that I could have done differently, I probably would have tried to connect more with current students to get a feel for the culture of each school.
Accepted: Are you involved in any clubs at Tuck? How central to student life is club participation?
MBA Boy: I am leading ACTS (the Association of Christian Tuck Students) and am also a part of the Consulting Club, PE Club, Net Impact, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Tripod Hockey, Basketball Club, and Tennis Club. Given that we are in upstate New Hampshire, people already hang out with one another all the time (an attribute of Tuck that I love), but the clubs furthermore provide another way to connect with your fellow classmates in your areas of interest.
Accepted: Do you have summer internship plans yet? If so, what role did Tuck play in helping you secure your position?
MBA Boy: I currently have six on-campus interviews lined up over the next two weeks; all of these were secured through Tuck’s on-campus recruiting process. Additionally, I am applying to firms off-campus, although a lot of these positions will be filled later than the on-campus positions.
Accepted: On a scale of 1-5 (1 being a breeze and 5 being the most difficult), how hard would you say b-school is?
MBA Boy: Hard is a subjective word, and difficult to quantify. Perhaps a 4? So many things are thrown your way – academics, recruiting, clubs, social events, visiting executives, entrepreneurial activities, and case competitions, among others, come to mind – that it’s impossible to be involved in everything and imperative to learn the art of triage (identifying what not to do). I find myself sacrificing sleep often.
Accepted: Is it difficult to be back in school after a few years off? What would you recommend to incoming b-schoolers to help them get back in school shape?
MBA Boy: I love being back and school, and the transition for me has been mostly seamless. My one crucial recommendation (which isn’t directly related to ‘getting back in shape’) is to identify what is important to you and to not compromise on those things when you arrive at school – easier said than done.
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