Stay involved, stay in touch. I can tell you that the MBA experience doesn’t stop with the two years that you’re up on 116th street.
Any major company in the world, any country, lots of governments… it just doesn’t matter. The Columbia Business School alumni are everywhere. It’s really an amazing thing.
Come here with an open mind but temper that with a strong sense of independent thinking, to the extent that you should be able to understand why you’re following a crowd or why you’re not.
Everyone who comes here is very talented and ambitious and has worked many years in their old jobs, but I think this is a place to break out of what you know and try different things.
My advice to the entering class is one of Dale Carnegie’s mottos: “Live in day-tight compartments.” Don’t worry about yesterday, don’t worry about tomorrow, just focus on today.
Good judgement in business comes from experience, which comes from bad judgement.
Leave every preconception you have about your business school experience at home.
You only live once. Take every opportunity to immerse yourself in the awesomeness that is CBS.
I think CBS is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure.
I’ve found that the stronger the professor, the better the class experience, regardless of subject area.