Deciding to go to business school is a big, life changing
And, as it turns out, so is your partner deciding to go to business school with you.
So what’s it like to be a partner at HBS? We connected with two
members of the HBS Partners Club to find out more about the HBS partner experience – and address rumors that it might be even more fun than the student experience. Here are a few things Larry Lennox-Choate and Alex Kornswiet thought all
prospective HBS partners should know.
You’ll be an honorary
member of your partner’s section
Alex: My husband’s section is fantastic at integrating partners into section life. All of the partners are invited to all of the social events with the students
(big or small) and many events on campus, such as speakers, information
meetings, etc. There was a reception in the beginning of the year for all partners
(and their students) and I met so many people at this event. I also recommend
going to the Fall Section Retreat, as this is a wonderful way to get to know
both students and other partners.
Larry: What has impressed me the most is the very little
that distinguishes students from partners at HBS. We are not only welcome to
participate in just about every single thing that goes on, but we’re strongly
encouraged, maybe even expected. Our section (Old A, SA Cup Champions, no big
deal…) has been extremely welcoming to all partners from day 1.
In fact, there
are times our section will reach out to me instead of Daniel to invite us to
participate in things. We are equal in every way and that has been amazing. I
sort of thought this would be two years on the back burner but instead it’s
been a truly transformation experience for both of us. Plus, I actually think
being a partner is the best way to do HBS – all of the fun and resources without
any mandatory cases!
You can take
advantage of all the HBS facilities and resources
Alex: The main HBS resource I have taken advantage of is
getting a job! I work in the Student Association Office in the Spangler Center
(where the dining hall is located). I actually received information about the
job at the Admitted Student Welcome. I love working on campus because the job
has the same schedule as the students, and I was able to assimilate into the
campus community very easily.
Larry: Shad Hall on the HBS campus is a really wonderful
gym. For the money, it’s a phenomenal value. It’s always clean, the staff is
extremely friendly and warm, and the equipment is new and well-maintained.
You’ll make a ton of
Alex: There are a lot of partners in my husband’s section,
so I’ve become close friends with many of them. Others will find their friends
outside of the section, but no matter where you find them, there are a lot of
people here and everyone can relate to re-locating and wanting to make new
friends. I was hoping to meet people while my husband was in school, but I
never expected to meet such good friends. The friends I’ve met here are people
who I know I will keep in touch with for life, and that is a wonderful
Larry: I am 100% certain that many partners I have met at
HBS will be friends for life. And after we graduate we are going to know
couples sprinkled all across the globe. Our HBS community will not cease to
play a role in our life; it will just be spread out.
You’ll experience HBS
as a team
Alex: Moving anywhere for a significant other can definitely
seem overwhelming at first, but this has been one of the most amazing
experiences of my life and I am so happy to be here! I would recommend taking
advantage of being here with your significant other as much as you can – it’s
an experience for both of you, not just the student!
Larry: Daniel and I were married during RC year on November
2nd, so very early in the year. We went to dinner with a few of our
very closest friends a couple days before our wedding. Afterwards someone
pitched swinging by a nearby bar for an after dinner drink and they persuaded
us to join. When we walked in the door our entire section was in the bar for a
surprise wedding send-off party. I was overwhelmed. I had no idea and was
extremely touched that relative strangers would go to such lengths to celebrate
us in this way. It was an indication of the type of support network there is at
HBS. It took almost no time at all for our section to form very deep bonds that
I know will last a lifetime. We went from acquaintances to being a crazy family
in no time, and that was the moment it become real for me.