by Brett Haber, MBA Prep School
The AIGAC team spent a wonderful morning, Thursday, June 16, with the HBS admissions team. We started bright and early at 7:30 with breakfast for new members in the Spangler Center Dining Hall.
Jane Turner Michael took time out of her admissions work to join us and answer questions in small groups. We covered topics ranging from pre-MBA programming (e.g. Peek) to changes in the 2+2 program.
Following our small group discussions, we toured the facilities en masse, enjoying a perfect Boston day. Jim Aisner, Director of Media and Public Relations, led us throughout Spangler and across the grounds, introducing the group to the specific places students study, to the unique manner in which students collect their reading materials and noting the changes in campus housing designed to create a more cohesive class. We, of course, enjoyed the temporary art exhibit just outside the Dillon House doors.
Stopping in a classroom many of our own members reminisced about their personal experiences at the program and others imagined what a case study class would be like with the built-in electronic voting mechanisms, offering professors a real-time understanding of each student’s point of view.
Our tour ended in Cummock 102, where we were met by Jana Kierstead, Executive Director of the MBA Program, and HBS’s new Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Chad Losee. The presentation and question and answer session continued to inform our members on topics ranging from financial aid to the structure of the admissions office. After the full morning, we were whisked across the river to dive deep into the HKS program!