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Christine Chang, MBA '15

Sep 17

Written by: Christine Chang
9/17/2013 6:10 PM  RssIcon

A few years ago while working in human resources for a beloved cartoon mouse (hint: rhymes with "Rickey"), I read an old Fast Company article titled "Why We Hate HR," which basically posited that HR professionals don’t have business acumen. I felt indignant at first, but grudgingly had to admit that the article was at least a little bit right about me. For instance, I was missing the ability to read and interpret financial statements. This meme accurately describes how I felt about finance. Except maybe not as evil.

A couple years later, I got a job as a management consultant. While in a meeting one day, my Managing Director started talking about “NBRR." I had no idea what that meant, so I Googled "NBRR" immediately after the meeting, which turned up the search result of "National Bobcat Rescue and Research." The bobcat on the front page was cute, but that definitely couldn't be what my boss meant. So I ‘fessed up and asked a teammate, who kindly explained what “net benefit run rate” ("ohh... so not bobcats...") meant.

It was clear that I had a knowledge gap to close and that I wouldn't be able to Google my way out of every situation. ("60% of the time, it works every time.") It was time to go back to school.

But mine is just one story. My 278 classmates (from 31 different countries!) are at business school for their own very unique and personal reasons, each more varied than the last. There are people here to learn new skills, to hone old skills, to accelerate their careers, or to make a complete career change. But I think the common thread that all of us share is that we've decided to invest in this experience and education so that in two years, we will exit as better versions of ourselves. You 2.0. If you've decided that applying to business school is right for you, I’d love to hear your story of why you decided to make the leap.

4 comment(s) so far...

Re: How Bobcats Prompted Me to Apply to Business School


Thank you for sharing.I am Crystal Ding from China.I think you are right.We want to go to business school to fill in the knowledge gap and to be a better person.May I ask you what is your biggest challenge when you applied for Johnson?

Thank you!

By Crystal Ding on   9/19/2013 11:00 PM

Re: How Bobcats Prompted Me to Apply to Business School

Hi Crystal! Hello from Ithaca!

I think my biggest challenge when applying to Johnson (and oddly, also the most enjoyable part of applying) was answering the essay question: "You are the author for the book of Your Life Story. In 300 words or less please write the table of contents for the book. Note: approach this essay with your unique style. We value creativity and authenticity."

Answering this question made me really think about the non-academic, non-career sides of me - moments of my life that have etched themselves into my memory because they've challenged me, defined me, or were just catalysts of great joy or sadness. I think everyone has a compelling story to tell - it's just a matter of presenting it clearly in such a unique format.

It's not an easy task to convey the person you are in 300 words or less, but I think with careful thought, most people are up to the challenge. :)

By Christine Chang on   9/21/2013 1:42 PM

Re: How Bobcats Prompted Me to Apply to Business School

Hi Christine! I'm from Argentina and have been reading your blog a lot. I applied to Johnson this past month and will be having my interview on November 26th. Unfortunately, I don't know any alumni or current student there. I would love to talk to someone who can share their his or her experience there, so I can get a better grasp of life at Johnson. Would you be willing to give me a hand? Just a quick talk over skype wolud work out great for me! Just let me know, no pressure, of coruse! Just in case you are up for it, my email address is aguscuesta@gmail.comThanks,Agustín

By Agustin Cuesta on   11/20/2013 1:16 AM

Re: How Bobcats Prompted Me to Apply to Business School

Hi Agustin!

Per my email, I trust you were able to get in touch with someone (or several someones) via:

Email me back if anything, I am more than happy to talk! :)

By Christine Chang on   11/20/2013 12:41 PM

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