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HBS offers incredible academics, brand, networking, facilities and the like. That is unquestionable. However, the social experience at HBS is unparalleled. It is so intense and fast-paced that it fast forwards and accelerates your personal development by a few years. Coming out of HBS, I am more centered, balanced, focused, tolerant, thoughtful, ethical, and articulate. I also met some of my best friends here, had some of the greatest memories with them and traveled the world. Thank you HBS.
The best part about the Harvard MBA is the interaction with the community that makes up the school, its culture and its network of graduates, students and constituents around the world. The case method and course instruction is obviously best in class, but it's really the people that sets it apart. It's a high performance, demanding environment that is also hyper-supportive and amazingly diverse and inclusive. I was exposed to people from all parts of the world with every background imaginable and that changed my perspective on the world and people. The program really is life changing because of all the people you meet during the 2 years.
The quality of the student population. I appreciated the combination of small-class feel through sections, but also enjoyed the diversity and scale of a large overall class size.
The critical thinking and debate that occurs inside and outside of the classroom every day. Solutions are questioned and either rejected or refined. This becomes a habit in daily life after attending HBS.
The quality of the education has been amazing. This is in part thanks to the excellent faculty, course material, and student body.
There are so many people, it's hard to build a tight-knit community, and the general all-inclusiveness of first year somewhat disintegrated in the second year.
The downside to the case method is that HBS is terrible at teaching quantitative skills. I had to go to the Khan Academy and Wikipedia to even begin to understand what was going on.
The Case Method Experience - amazing teachers, brilliant classmates. Also, the new FIELD program allowing you to experience business in a foreign country, as well as start a company, did a phenomenal job of rounding out the program with practical experience.
The mix of people was amazing. The program provided the opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds, from all different places, and with all different professional experience. To top it off, we were given countless opportunities to meaningfully engage with all of these amazing people.
The downside is there's a social hierarchy that sometimes seems to develops inside HBS.
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