Why I chose Johnson
Johnson is a great MBA school attracting top talent from across the globe. Part of the prestigious Cornell University, Johnson provides learning opportunities not only in business but in other subjects (economics, history, design etc.) taught at Cornell. The school’s focus on developing character, competence, compassion, and courage was something that appealed to me. Additionally, the one-year program structure allows me the opportunity to quickly rejoin the industry with significantly enhanced skillsets.
July 30 2015
Between Finance and Strategy, There is a Beautiful Waterfall!
It’s been two months since life brought me to Johnson, Cornell, and Ithaca. These two months have indeed lived up to expectations and more.
I came to Cornell to pursue the One-year MBA program in Ithaca and as told by everyone, the summer course schedule at Johnson was/is packed. While the one-year program allows students to quickly rejoin the workforce, it also demands a lot of dedication and focus as the entire core syllabi is packed into three summer months. As much as I am tempted to elaborate on the course curriculum and various subjects that are part of the first semester, I won’t. In fact, I will use the rest of this blog to write about something else that Cornell offers that is equally important but often overlooked – the beautiful surroundings and majestic campus. I, myself, was ignorant of this until the realization hit me, as I was searching for a spot to eat during the break between Finance and Strategy (hence the title).
For those who have not had an opportunity to visit the campus, I can tell you with complete confidence that it is the closest thing to Hogwarts you will ever see in real life. From the stunning Law School Library, the beautiful Sage Hall, to the grand McGraw Tower with its melodious chimes (they even play Taylor Swift sometimes), the campus is indeed one of the most beautiful in the U.S., if not the world. There aren’t many places in the world where you can learn about Financial Markets & Derivatives, discuss complex business strategies and five minutes later enjoy a sumptuous “pizza bagel sandwich” sitting next to a waterfall. The campus is located on top of the hill and offers great vantage points to enjoy some of the most breathtaking sunsets you can imagine. So much so that my fellow batch mates have turned this into a competitive sport…who can click the most beautiful sunset!
Cornell is also in close proximity to beautiful lakes including Cayuga Lake and the Finger Lakes to name a few, and also has some famous vineyards close by. In short, if you love the outdoors and enjoy a hike then this is one of the best regions to visit. Add to that The Ivy League education and you have one of the top educational institutions in the world. For added proof read what business insider has to say about Cornell. If you are serious about your education and also appreciate the beauty that is nature, then you must visit Cornell and see what it has to offer. I have a feeling that like me, you will fall in love with it!