The best families aren’t always bound by blood. Sometimes, they are the people you choose to be in your life. They’re the ones who are always there, standing by you when you lose your way or fall short. With family, you can let down your guard; you can feel safe enough to be the real you. Sure, there are differences, but there is openness and respect too. That’s because families share a commitment to the values that brought them together.
At business schools, you’ll hear terms like community, mission, and experience bandied around. At the Tuck School of Business, these aspirations are feeders into something greater: family. Tuck administration may trumpet the core values of personal, connected, and transformative — and admissions will trot out criteria like engaged, encouraging, and empathetic. In the end, Tuckies are different because they self-select; they come to New Hampshire to take time out to be part of a family — where they are expected to be an integral member of its operation and an indispensable contributor to its success.
A DEAN DOUBLING AS A CHAFFEUR
Teo Gonzalez, a 2021 Tuck grad and P&Q Best & Brightest MBA, frames the Tuck difference this way: here, every student is “all in.”
“When you commit to this experience, you commit to two years when all your focus is on yourself, your teammates, and your craft,” he writes. “That kind of immersion can’t be just picked up and placed anywhere, and it’s especially hard to cultivate for the entire group around you. Tuck is special because while you are here, you’re connecting with others all the time, sharing world-changing ideas, and pushing each other to be the best versions of yourselves.”
The Tuck family consists of more than just students. Roderick Milligan, another 2021 grad and P&Q MBA To Watch, adds Tuck faculty and staff to the family, pointing out how both join the Halloween and Christmas parties for the “Tiny Tuckies” (aka children of the students). Indeed, you’ll find this spirit extends to the alumni too, who are legendary for making the drive up scenic I-89 to help with cases, conferences, and mock interviews. Such personal touches made Tuck all the more welcoming to Geet Kalra, a first-year who was previously a portfolio associate in Muhammad Yunus’ social business fund.
“You know you are at Tuck when you get a response on your internship request from a C-suite alum in 10 minutes; when your classmates spend nights helping you find a place to live in a new location; or when one of the deans comes to pick you up from the bus stop when you arrive in Hanover,” he tells P&Q.
JUST BE NICE
At many programs, MBAs build networks. At Tuck, you grow alongside siblings. And the operative word around Tuck’s Hanover campus is “Nice.” Once expression of this niceness is how students go out of their way to help; they understand that their classmates’ success will ultimately contribute to their own. Just ask Kate Bayeux, who joined the Class of 2023 after working as an associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
“While researching schools, I spoke to more students at Tuck than at any other school,” she admits. “This was because each student I spoke with referred me to one student after another after learning what I was interested in studying at Tuck. Even something as simple as moving in (a sometimes-daunting task) became a fun activity when a group of classmates all volunteered to help unload a U-Haul for a fellow classmate. We had so many volunteers that everyone only needed to do one or two trips to completely unload the entire truck.”
And this mindset continues far beyond move in day, adds Destinée Mentor-Richards, a Broadway aficionado who last designed services at Edward Jones. “Tuck is a place where the moment you speak your dreams out loud, the whole community conspires to help you,” she observes. “For example, as part of our orientation (Tuck Launch) this year, the entire class reflected on what we wanted our impact to be in 22 years and the kind of career we imagined that would lead to achieving that impact. When the opportunity came, I nervously shared with my class my long-term goal of advising Fortune 500 companies on their global public policy strategies. Barely a day passed, and my inbox was filled with classmates recommending books, podcasts, and offering introductions to people who could help me achieve my goal. It was truly remarkable!”
FOCUS EXCLUSIVELY ON MBAs
Tuckies also have a tendency to hang together, be it bar crawls, movie night, or skiing trips. On a more intimate scale, small group dinners represent an equally “quintessential” Tuck tradition according to Madeleine Livingston, a spring MBA grad. Organized by classroom representatives, students bond over meals that expose them to a wide diversity of backgrounds and views.
“The small group dinners, where five people come together to cook and eat a home-prepared meal, mirrors the deeply collaborative Tuck culture,” Livingston adds. “People are often cooking a meal that reminds them of home and it can be a doorway to deeper, authentic conversations that transcend classroom and study group discussions.”
Indeed, Tuck is set up specifically to foster a family environment MBAs. For one, full-time MBAs are Tuck’s sole focus. Forget pesky undergraduates or weekend transplants, let alone online professionals logging in at their convenience. At Tuck, MBAs enjoy all the attention…and all the resources.
“There are more resources per student due to Tuck’s small class size and sole MBA focus,” observes Geet Kalra. “During one of my admissions outreach calls with a Tuckie, she said “Think of Tuck as if the entire fraternity—deans, faculty, administrators, thousands of accomplished alumni—is invested in the success of 285 students.”
A STAYOVER IN HANOVER
The family atmosphere is reinforced by Tuck’s remote digs. Nestled in the mountainous Upper Valley along the Connecticut River, Hanover is like a refuge. Free from big city distractions, the region provides a quieter place to reflect, focus, and reset. Here, life’s rhythms are slower and simpler. You can start your morning jogging along the Mink Brook Nature Preserve — and maybe see a bear at its favorite watering hole. In the afternoon, you can mountain bike around the lake at Boston Lot. You can buy home-made soaps at farmer’s markets or sample vino at nearby wineries. Some MBAs enjoy picking apples and berries at local orchards. Others prefer to camp, canoe, or reel in bass at Storrs Pond. Either way, here’s the best part of Hanover: it is a four seasons destination, with activities ranging from winter skiing at Killington to horseback riding at Bretton Woods in the summer. In between, there is golfing, hiking, and swimming to the New England backdrop of farmhouses and log cabins, brooks and bridges, rolling hills and shady valleys.
It is a life embraced — even coveted — by the Class of 2023. “Already, my classmates and I have spent as much time as possible outside, whether eating dinner on the green, hanging out at the swimming dock, or going golfing or on bike rides,” writes Kate Bayeux. “With Tuck situated in the Upper Valley, the options for spending time outdoors are endless.”
SO MUCH TO DO
And adventure isn’t far from the classroom either, adds Christopher Moates, who managed corporate development for Make A Wish Georgia. “My entire life, I have loved the mountains. I feel so lucky to finally have them in my backyard and be able to hop out of my dorm and be on the Appalachian Trail in five minutes.”
The fresh air may stir the senses, but aren’t Tuckies missing out by spending two years in the Upper Valley? For alumni the answer is a definitive “no.” Jessica Ahn, who studied at UCLA as an undergrad and joined Bain & Company after earning her Tuck MBA, maintains that she never felt “isolated.” Instead, she argues that she never had enough time to experience everything she wanted to do. It is a sentiment echoed by her classmate, Teo Gonzalez.
“It shocks me every day there is so much to do in the Upper Valley and at school. I’ve never been as busy as I am at Tuck, whether I’m participating in faculty chats, meeting with classmates, taking adventures in nearby national parks, trying out local restaurants and breweries, or enjoying any of the area’s other numerous activities to do.”
One activity you won’t MBAs skipping, Gonzalez adds, is the school’s defining sport: Tripod hockey. “It’s such a great feeling seeing a bunch of collaborative, yet competitive, people attempt to take each other on at a sport they have minimal background in. It leads to a lot of falling, a lot of laughs, and a lot of moments when you celebrate a goal as if you have won the Stanley Cup.”
TESTING OUT STARTUP LIFE
Shreya Dhital doesn’t have a Stanley Cup on her mantel…but she did represent her native Nepal in the 2012 Olympics as a swimmer. Speaking of the Olympics, Tory Waldstein was named “Most likely to be on ESPN” in his middle school yearbook — an honor he shared with Aly Raisman, one of the most decorated gymnasts in U.S. Olympics history. By the same token, Geet Kalra is a Bhangra dancer, a discipline he uses to bust stress. And how is this for a way to spend a gap year between high school and college?
“I built habitat houses in New Zealand, mentored inner-city students in Nashville, and tutored foster children in Auburn,” writes Christopher Moates. “It was one of the best years of my life and has played a pivotal role in my decision to pursue a career in nonprofit.”
Destinée Mentor-Richards took on a similar risk. Four years ago, she left the “comforts” of Morgan Stanley to move to St Louis to be a fellow with Venture for America, a program that placed young talent in startups or innovation roles to “spur entrepreneurship.” Not only did the role expose her to the “road less traveled,” but also laid the groundwork for bigger roles at Boeing and Anheuser Busch. The same could be said for Tory Waldstein, who pursued startup life after earning a degree in government from Harvard.
“At the startup I worked for, I was a key part of two pilot projects that would later be sold for seven figure contracts to our company’s biggest name customers. One of those projects was trying to identify groups most at risk due to care gaps caused by the pandemic. These pilots would eventually be commercialized, and I got to work closely with the product developers and designers to implement the analytics behind them.”
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MBA Handicapping: Can You Punch Above Your Weight (GPA/GMAT) at Harvard/Stanford?
Shriya is a 27-year-old consultant working in London for a boutique firm. She applied to Stanford in round 2 last year and re-applied in round 2 this year, but had not gained an interview.
Her question: Has anyone ever gotten into Stanford on the third try?
Our answer: Not with a 690 GMAT score.
But Shriya does plan to retake the test, aimed for a 700-plus score and wants to apply again. She also plans to wider her options by applying to the first time to UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Wharton, Harvard, Stern and Kellogg.
Besides working as a consultant for two and one-half years, she also worked for Equiniti Group Plc, a London-based fintech firm for four and one-half years, during which she gained three promotions. She has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from the University of London.
In this episode of Fridays With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg candidly tells Shriya to give up on a third try at Stanford and assesses her chances at her other target business schools.
DON’T MISS PREVIOUS FRIDAYS WITH SANDY EPISODES
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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Ricardo Aaron Carrillo, Dartmouth College (Tuck)
Ricardo Aaron Carrillo
Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Fun Fact About Yourself: In the last eight years, I have lived in seven cities on three different continents.
Undergraduate School and Major: ITESM—Tecnológico de Monterrey, Architecture
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Woods Bagot Architects, Senior Designer
What word best describes the Tuck MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far and why? Encouraging. From my application process to being admitted, I have seen this value in all Tuck students and alumni. Every Tuckie I have met has been so invested in helping me achieve my goals. People like Michael Barbe (T’22), Kristin Ng (T’22), and Sanjana Tikkoo (T’22) exhibited selfless support to me even before I was part of this family. Compared to other top schools, Tuckies truly surprise you with an unparalleled level of encouragement. It is simply unique; I’ve never seen anything like this.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? It would be the general management program, challenging core curriculum, student collaboration, and career outcomes. The general management program at Tuck allows you to gain skills to be successful in any industry you want. A combination of cases and traditional classes are used to gain the hard skills that complement case discussion. For me, being part of a school that took a structured core curriculum and had a collegial student body was crucial in my MBA school selection.
What course, club or activity excites you the most at Dartmouth Tuck? It is really hard to mention only one, but I will mention where I will be more involved. I am really excited to engage with Tuck Pride, the Finance Club, the Rugby Club, and the Center for Business, Government & Society. I am interested in Tuck Pride as I would love to attract even more LGBTQ+ individuals to our community and push forward LGBTQ+ representation in the business world. I also chose the Finance Club because I am fascinated by the power finance has to change the lives of many people. I chose the Rugby Club because I love to play rugby, and the Center for Business, Government & Society as I want to be more effective in creating social change.
What excites you the most about coming to live in Hanover? What is the one activity you can’t wait to do? The aspects that excite me the most about living in Hanover involve being in contact with nature, to have spaces to reflect on the big issues I want to solve and engage with my classmates 24/7. Hanover is a safe, friendly, and utterly charming place. One activity that I can’t wait to do is to play rugby. I love the comradery, collaboration, and open communication rugby brings out of each player.
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the mentorship I offered kids, teenagers, and younger staff in my previous industry. Mentoring low-income kids and LGBTQ+ teenagers, while helping them to take positive changes in their lives, has been the best thing I’ve ever done.
How did COVID-19 change your perspective on your career and your life in general? COVID-19 taught me a lot of lessons. It taught me to keep dreaming and be industrious while making positive change for a better society. The COVID-19 pandemic caused me to re-evaluate my life, goals, and relationships with others. In my career, I realized that I wanted to be a more effective agent of change for minorities—women, LGBTQ+, and racial minorities—around the world.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I am pursuing an MBA because of the impact it allows you to have in the world. I want to have a positive imprint on our planet. An MBA will help me develop the skills and credibility to bring more diversity to the workplace, to help others get better jobs, improve society, and work on nonprofit endeavors. After graduation, I hope to continue working in a company that allows me to advocate for more diversity and opportunities for minority groups while creating wealth for everybody.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Harvard, Wharton, Oxford, LBS, Stanford, and Yale.
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? I love this question! First, I would like to say there is no formula. Tuck is transparent in how applications are evaluated and what the school is looking for. Tuck looks for smart, accomplished, aware, and encouraging individuals.
Second, take the GMAT or GRE and score at or above the school mean. However, if you have taken it a few times and are still below the mean score, do not let it deter you from applying. Schools recognize that you are more than a score. On this subject, I personally recommend test prep services like GregMat, who was a game changer in my preparation.
Third, get to know Tuck. Go to the school’s Diversity Conference (DivCo) and Women in Business Conference. Attend admissions events, meet ambassadors, engage with clubs, and talk to alumni. I view Tuck as a family, not just classmates or a “network.” I really mean family, where you develop trust with classmates and alumni, and people will have your back. For this reason, I encourage you to get to know the family and demonstrate how you can contribute to the community here.
Fourth, do a lot of self-reflection on your essays, show your true self, be vulnerable, and leave your ego at the door.
DON’T MISS: MEET DARTMOUTH TUCK’S MBA CLASS OF 2023
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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: Francisca Carpentier, Dartmouth College (Tuck)
“A curious learner who firmly believes that we change the world with our day-to-day actions.”
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Fun Fact About Yourself: I am probably among very few women arriving at their MBA experience pregnant! My husband is a fellow Tuckie, and the school was very supportive with planning how to approach this academic year. We couldn’t be more excited. Many classmates have already volunteered to babysit!
Undergraduate School and Major: Bachelor of Business Administration, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Master of Science in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Associate at SummaPartners, a boutique firm founded by experienced consultants to join the worlds of management consulting and private equity.
What word best describes the Tuck MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far and why? Seekers. Tuck students are open to change and learning; students come here to question themselves and be questioned, to have an authentic transformational experience. I am also impressed by how humble successful Tuck alumni are, transmitting that same will to keep learning and challenging themselves.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I wanted a small school, a place where I would get to know my classmates and professors and truly connect. Before enrolling, every Tuckie I spoke with would always reflect on how transformative their two years at Tuck were and how Hanover was a special place to make human connections and life decisions. That’s what I was looking for in my MBA experience.
What course, club or activity excites you the most at Dartmouth Tuck? Everything is exciting, but I don’t think TuckGO can be topped. The idea of traveling the world with a group of classmates and a professor to learn about the most relevant topics in our global economy is an experience I am sure no one could forget.
What excites you the most about coming to live in Hanover? What is the one activity you can’t wait to do? It is living in a place far from the noise and rhythm of the city. I’ve always lived in big cities, and I love it, but doing my MBA in a small place where I could focus on the experience resonated with me.
The one activity I can’t wait to do is skiing. I need to go to the Dartmouth Skiway at least once to say I did it!
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My first project as an associate was to reduce a company’s size, given the risk profile of some of its operations. It was the biggest company in its industry in the region, so the project’s impact was huge. It was a multi-variable problem, where we had to work on several scenarios and consider multiple effects in a short time. We built a cohesive team with the client and finally came up with a well-thought-out solution. We accompanied the company through implementation and managed to reduce over 40% of accidents in a year, positively impacting the company’s results. In the beginning, we truly believed it wasn’t possible, and I will never forget an experienced partner telling me this was the most fun and challenging project he had worked on.
How did COVID-19 change your perspective on your career and your life in general? I think working on challenging projects without having day-to-day team interactions had an impact on me. I realized a huge part of why I enjoyed my job so much was the great team I was surrounded by and how those small breaks and jokes throughout the day truly made a difference. It changed my career because I now know how important it is for me to work with a cohesive team with whom I can have fun and learn from. It’s more about the people than the role, and that was a great life lesson.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? After four years working alongside great leaders and mentors, I was more aware than ever of the dreams I had as a future leader and the gaps I needed to close to become that leader. After my MBA, I hope to join the strategic team of a large tech firm. I enjoyed consulting in tech and would like to keep growing on strategic roles in that industry because I genuinely believe those companies are changing the world.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Darden
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? Talk with Tuckies! They are the most open community I’ve known, and you will never meet anybody more willing to talk about Tuck, Dartmouth, and Hanover than alumni: they jump at the opportunity and truly enjoy it. So go through Linkedin. Find a Tuckie you can relate to because of your experience, what you want to do after your MBA, place of birth, or whatever reason and write; I always got an answer!
DON’T MISS: MEET DARTMOUTH TUCK’S MBA CLASS OF 2023
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