Tim Kluska
Home Region

Philadelphia, PA

Undergrad Education

Pennsylvania State University

Previous Experience

Vanguard Group, Inc.; US Marine Corps

HBS Activities

Co-President of Finance Club, Student Advisor for CPD, Chief Families and Partners Officer for SA, Member of AFAA, PEVC Club, Investment Club, and Pickleball Club

“I’m reminded every day of the case method’s value when I hear the breadth of problem-solving ideas from my peers.”

Coming to HBS is like...

Stepping onto a roller coaster with a blindfold—it's thrilling, unpredictable, and slightly daunting. Yet, you have faith you're on the right track, and as the ride progresses, you discover this experience will take you to heights you've only imagined.

What is your most memorable classroom moment?

To illustrate the immersive nature of the case method, our entire section dressed up in black turtlenecks, emulating the iconic style of the case protagonist we studied that day. Seeing everyone adopt that particular founder's signature look underscored the camaraderie in our section and the fun we can have with our work!

What is one thing you brought with you to campus, and one thing you'll be leaving with?

With a class size of over 900 students, and coming in knowing very few, I brought with me uncertainty about where I would fit in. Looking ahead, I will be leaving with amazing relationships and a friendship base, spanning around the globe and across countless industries, that I can rely on, just as they can rely on me for anything.

How have diverse perspectives in your section contributed to your understanding of business concepts, leadership, and/or problem solving?

I was always intrigued by the case method, but I was skeptical that “learning from my peers” could beat the depth of an academic lecture. I couldn't have been more wrong. I'm reminded every day of the case method's value when I hear the breadth of problem-solving ideas from my peers. Sometimes we look to those with relevant industry experience, other times the best ideas come from those with absolutely no expertise as they bring unbiased perspectives. There is truly no single right answer in business, which underscores the power of diversity of thought.

If you could give one piece of advice to prospective students, what would it be?

It's natural to over-index on that voice inside your head questioning if you'll fit into a new and faraway place. But I assure you, there is a place for you at HBS. Don't be fooled into self-selecting out because you think you might not fit neatly into the HBS mold; such a mold does not exist. Be confident that you can bring your authentic self to this experience. With an open mindset and a bit of hard work, you will undoubtedly find a home and success here.