When I was considering applying to the Langone program, I was repeatedly asked two similar questions by my co-workers and friends: “Why not go for a full-time program?” and “Have you considered an Online MBA?”
I get where the questions were coming from. I live in Vermont and most people would be aghast with my motivation to travel 6 hours to school. But really, the Langone program at NYU was a perfect fit to my requirements. So perfect that it was the only school I applied to. If I were to dissect my motivation, I would say it was primarily due to three reasons:
- The program complemented my career path
- It made great financial sense
- I wanted an in-class MBA experience
Peeling away from a great career for 2 years to pursue a full-time MBA is a hard choice to make. I had great career momentum at my company and didn’t want to break it; rather I wanted to accelerate it. Moreover, I already had spent two years in graduate school pursuing masters in engineering and so it made less sense for me to take another break from my applied career. Indeed, I was at a point in my life where I didn’t want to risk hunting for a job after graduation.
Financially, I wanted to get an education without adding any student debt. Given the cost of an MBA and the dearth of available scholarships, I knew I would be drained financially if I went for a full-time program. Essentially, if I managed to study while working, my company’s support for education combined with my salary would help me avoid going into debt.
Given all of these considerations, I essentially narrowed my scope down to Online MBA programs or the Langone program at NYU (geographically the only school that I could see myself travelling to). After attending a few information sessions for leading online MBA programs, I felt that while the online option was attractive in its flexibility, it had major limitations. Despite the advent of technology, the in-class communication did not flow easily and this directly impacted how cases studies were taught. Additionally, I felt online MBAs due to the lack of (or limited) in-person contact could not facilitate building strong social networks.
Finally, attending the Langone information session at Stern sealed the deal for me. At the event I spoke to a few current Langone students who traveled to NYC for classes. They helped me to alleviate my anxieties and lay to rest any apprehensions I had and helped me take my first step to being a Sternie – by applying. Looking back I have loved every moment of my Langone experience and I hope that I made my own Russell’s teapot of individual preference, career choice and financial sensibility part of joining the Langone program.