There are a lot of reasons. Lets’s start with the one which prompted this post. They increased my scholarship. Yaay!! I just love people who give me reasons to do my happy dance in these times of fund-raising misery and mounting work pressure due to our upcoming product release. I got up at 2:30 AM in the night to randomly check my mails. This has become a weird habit after the months long admission cycle. I get up in the middle of the night to check my gmail and write down replies which I save as drafts and get proofread by friends in the morning (this is important people….never send mails that you have written in a groggy state). Well, I got up, opened my laptop and there it was….sitting in my inbox-
I hope this mail finds you well. The scholarship committee was able to meet regarding your request, and I am very happy to inform you that the…..
by the time I reached this point, I had started dancing around. Yaay!!
So much for the trigger for this post. Now let’s get down to business, i.e. why I think Tepper rocks-
Current Students- I have interacted with a lot of folks at Tepper by now….over phone, email, FB and blogs. They all are awesome people. What makes them great is the ability each individual has to make you feel comfortable and good about yourself. All my phone calls were scheduled in early morning time slots in IST. Not being much of a morning person, I received all the calls after being woken up by the ringing phone itself. You can imagine how I must have sounded on the phone (you got it right….like an incoherent mumbling imbecile). But the people on the other side of the phone were unbelievably graceful, even apologetic about having to call me that early in the morning. Where do you meet people like that? They are at the place I aspire to be at, are busy with their own MBA stuff, are doing me a huge favor by taking the time and then giving me a call and then they are apologetic about disturbing me?? I was completely humbled by this awesome attitude. Hats off guys!!
Faculty- I was introduced to one of the profs by a common friend. He wrote to me after the introduction email and told me about a lot of stuff at Tepper. He even went ahead and asked others for information so that he can answer my questions. Great….isn’t it?? Well, it doesn’t stop there. He finds out information about the opportunities at Tepper in the area I want to build a career in (which has nothing to do with his area of specialization). I get even more humbled and impressed. Bottomline…people at Tepper really care. As Buddha has said, “Caring for your fellow human beings can alleviate all the sorrows of the world.”
Adcom- They really are the best. My Tepper interview was the most enjoyable interview I have had till date. Interacting with the adcom people has been great. They promptly reply to the emails and really strive to help you out. Especially after the increased scholarship, I am totally in love with the Tepper adcom 🙂
Career Opportunities- For someone with career aspirations similar to mine, Tepper is the ultimate answer…the Zen of high-tech. For people looking out to decide on bschools, I strongly suggest having a look at the new curiculum and the numerous opportunities through the clubs. Will write a detailed post on this soon.
Till then…to all my fellow admits…happy fund raising !!