Days of Whine and Neurosis

Thursday, March 03, 2005

To Peek or Not to Peek, That Was the Question

I was online a couple of nights ago when I came across a post on the BW forums that contained instructions to view Harvard’s R2 adcom decisions. Coincidentally, I was also logged in to Harvard’s application in another window to see if any status updates had been noted (I know that they never update the information on the applicant log-in page, but it’s like mint chip ice cream – resistance is futile). As a R2 applicant I briefly considered checking my stats, but thought better of it for the following reasons:

1) I knew that it was a definite gray area and that the good folks at Harvard would not appreciate any nosy behavior. It just didn’t seem like the right thing to do.

2) I figured that there was absolutely no upside in discovering my decision. If it said some version of “dinged” I would just be more anxious than I am now until March 30th. If it said “you won the lottery” I wouldn’t believe it until I got the official word on decision day – which would make me more anxious than I am now. So, bad + bad = worse

Luckily, I closed the windows and went to sleep. When I woke up yesterday the brouhaha had started. The admissions committee sent out an email yesterday afternoon that expressed their dismay. The BW boards were buzzing with comments from concerned applicants. Yikes!

On a lighter note, I received an email from a USC student a couple of days ago. I asked if he could put me in touch with a classmate who was concentrating on real estate, and he connected me with the head of their student R.E. club. I’m going to meet some of the USC R.E. students tomorrow night at a networking event. I think it will be a great way to get an honest, informal assessment of the program, and to see what Marshall students and alums are like. I’m looking forward to it.

I came across this article on It’s about “interviewing the interviewer.” There are some good tips here for business school and job interviews. Scroll down a bit (after chuckling once you see the picture).

Interviewing the Interviewer