I have recently made the decision to attend Babson College for their two year MBA program. If you were to ask me why I choose this school, I could easily spout rankings and statistics, but to be honest I cannot pin point a reason why I choose the school. I tried very hard to put into numbers all of my thoughts and feelings about the schools I was looking at. As you might have noticed from a previous post, I usually think through numbers quite a bit when assessing a situation. But choosing an MBA program is not a binary question. There is too many feelings and unknowns that cloud my thoughts. A lot of what if scenarios start running through my head and what ifs are very good at causing inaction. So I keep trying to plug all the variables into one equation and see what answer pops out. So plugging through it I find that to many variables are unknown.
Lets go through some of the major questions that matter to me.
Which MBA will give me better career opportunities? There are stats in this but I find them irrelevant to the individual.
Which MBA will better help me start a business? Unknowable... and I think this depends on an individual more than the program.
Which MBA will better prepare me for the future? I do not know how to quantify this... but I had a feeling that Babson would be best.
So after really thinking about this for I had a few feelings and I do not like making decisions on feelings. But with a complete lack of quantifiable figures and facts
So now I am faced with a question that does not have a mathematical answer. What do you do?
I choose Babson. I was not going to get all answers I wanted. And I never will. What I decided was to act, and make the best of every situation presented. I have heard this before, and I do not know to attribute to this quote, but you are the biggest factor in your success in an MBA program not the school. So I am going to work very hard to make the best of every moment and opportunity that Babson provides.
The President of Babson has stated this sentiment in his new book here -> http://actiontrumpseverything.com/
And you can find him him describing it here --> CreAction Video
On a side note I have just started reading this book - Though it is just a digital copy and I do not own a e-reading device, so it might take longer than normal. And I plan to right a review here soon enough.