Thursday, June 30, 2005

Fewer And Farther Between

I no longer have internet access at home, so all of my posts over the next two weeks will be written on my office computer. Between July 16 and July 31, I will be moving out of my apartment and driving from SF to New Haven. I can't believe that it's finally happening. Thirty days from now, I will be on the other side of the country, settling into my new apartment.

Anyway, here's a post that I wrote last night. I'll be back on July 5th!

More Counting

Well, it's been 24 hours since I first put the counter on my blog and I've had 28 visitors. I was actually under the impression that nobody (okay, not NOBODY, but very few) people read this thing.

To everyone who visited: Thank you! While you're at it, you may want to check out some of my favorite MBA-themed blogs:

Aregon23 (Cornell '07)
Atta Girl (Duke '07)
AxeChick (Applicant for '08)
Brit-Chick (Wharton '07)
*bskwel (Wharton '06)
*Code Red HBS (Harvard '07)
Dave (Applicant for '08)
Divine Miss N (LBS '07)
Droodoggie (Columbia '07)
*EMC (Cornell '07)
Future MBA Girl (Wharton '06)
Hella (Wharton '06)
IceMan07 (Wharton '07)
Keven (UW-Madison '07)
KV (LBS '07)
Majalo (Kellogg '07)
Mark & Jie (Harvard '06)
*Paa"ji" (Applicant '08)
Simba (Duke '07)

Wow! I actually just realized how over-represented Wharton blogs are on my list.

I spend a few hours one day a week and read through ALL of the blogs on the League of MBA Bloggers. I also read the Clear Admit blog and Accepted Admissions Almanac on a daily basis. These are great resources.

*Folks who don't blog as much as I wish they would. :(
**For those of you trying to link to these blogs from this page, my apologies. I didn't have time to add the links. I do plan on listing them in the sidebar, hopefully within the next month or so.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Eleven Days And Counting

Just eleven days of work left. My manager has been piling on the projects ever since I announced my departure. She hasn't hired anyone to take my place, and there are certain projects that only I have the skills to complete. So she's having me work on things that aren't even due until November. Grrrrr.

Anyone want a marketing job at a financial services company located in San Francisco? If you're an expert on Microsoft Access, Excel, and Adobe Photoshop; have a marketing/sales background; know the print production process inside and out; and have the legal right to work in the United States, hit me up!

Monday, June 27, 2005


I'm broke. Not broke as in, "I only have a few hundred and/or thousand dollars in my bank account." I know people who think this makes them "poor." No, I'm broke as in, "I'll be really lucky if I have $20 left in my checking account tomorrow morning." What happened? Without going into detail, I've had a lot of unexpected expenses these past few months. But I haven't let my current financial situation get me down. In fact, I decided to treat myself.

I bought the new Bose SoundDock for my iPod. It's awesome. So good, in fact, that I won't be bringing my CD player or CDs with me to New Haven. (I have over 400 CDs in jewel cases, so this decision will give me a lot more room in my car.)

Was my purchase irresponsible? The bank that issued my credit card doesn't think so; but yes, it was. Do I regret it? Hell no!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Pride 2005

Below is a photo of the Pink Triangle that is painted on the hillside over-looking the Castro distict of San Francisco every June.

The LGBT struggle for basic human rights continues. Please consider making a contribution to the Human Rights Campaign.

Happy Pride!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Check This Box

Today, I received the following email:

Dear Applicant,

We have successfully verified your application to the Yale School of Management. Thank you for your cooperation.

-Kroll Background Screening Group

It took Kroll all of 9 days to complete the verification. I'm impressed.

In other news, I faxed in the form so that the school can start processing my Stafford Loan, so all I have left to do:

  • Apply for a loan to cover my living expenses.
  • Send an official transcript of my statistics class.
  • Send medical records.
  • Buy books so that I can start doing course pre-work.
  • Move to New Haven!

I'm starting to feel on top of this.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Yale NetID

I got my email address from Yale today. I can't remember the last time I got so excited about something like this. It was probably at my first job after college, when I got my very first box of business cards.

Anyway, after setting up my email, I tried my network id to see if I could access the online facebook. And, sure enough . . . it worked!!! I checked to see if the Class of 2007 was there. Not yet. But I did go through the Class of 2006 to see if I could identify Luvshack. I have it narrowed down to four candidates. I'm not sure if Luvshack is anonymous at Yale or not, but I sure would like to meet a fellow blogger.

Okay. I am going to go check my empty Yale inbox again.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

A Blogging Conspiracy?

I'm beginning to wonder if AxeChick and Linda have conspired to promote each other's blogs.

The benefits to Linda so far? Two - count 'em - two mentions on AxeChick's blog within the last two weeks. I'm guessing that, in exchange for the free marketing that Linda is getting, AxeChick is receiving Linda's consulting services free of charge. But is the ostensibly innocent Linda capable of such subterfuge? Has AxeChick sold her soul for a few hundred dollars? Does including the links to Linda's and AxeChick's blogs make me an unwitting party to all of this? Is this all part of Linda's master plan?!

I think it's time to call in the FBI.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Math Camp, HERE I COME!

By now, it should be pretty obvious that my quantitative skills leave something to be desired. I managed to demonstrate my ineptitude once again. This time, in a simple online math assessment required by the school.

There were only a handful of questions that had to be answered within a 30 minute window. I got off to a very slow start, however, when I decided that the calculations for the first question would best be performed in Excel. It took a while for Excel to launch. When it did, I kept making typing errors. So the first question took about 15 minutes for me to answer. (It probably would have taken 2 minutes in my head. Grrrr.) It took me an additional 13 minutes to answer all of the other questions.

When I looked at my results, I noticed that I finished in the bottom 8% of test-takers. So 92% of my classmates did better than I did?!

Shortly after completing the exam, my sister called. I told her about my performance on the test. I don't know if it was my score or the fact that I found it disappointing, but she really had fun with it, calling me "Math Camp" every chance she got.

That's okay. I'm determined to become a math whiz. That's what business school is for, right? To teach quantitatively-challenged former humanities majors how to work with numbers? I'm going to challenge myself to get a grade of "With Distinction" in at least one quant-heavy subject during my first year. I will not be the poster child of b-school math flunkies. The nickname, "Math Camp," is going to sound really ironic two years from now. Oh, wait. It already does.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Update # 2

Some updates:

I received an email from Yale today. It promised detailed information within the coming weeks about Orientation, which begins on August 15th. All I know at this point is that the first item on the agenda is a welcome from our new dean - de rigeur at most schools, I imagine.

I also received an email from Yale several days ago that asked me to take a math assessment test. (All matriculants received this, so it isn't anything personal.) Yale intends to use this test to determine if I need to attend Math Camp before school starts. From what I've heard, it's a pretty easy test. That must be why I haven't taken it yet. I'm that confident!

Today, I took it upon myself to contact the Financial Aid office to find out when I would be receiving my offer letter. I already have a pretty good idea of what the offer will look like, but it would be nice to have something in hand. The woman I spoke to was very kind and said she would send me something tomorrow, via email. Once I get the letter, I'll begin the process of applying for loans.

Also, today, I faxed in my permission to have Kroll verify my application. I pity Kroll for having to work with my alma mater on verifying the dates of my attendance, GPA, etc. I know of no other school that makes getting this information more time-consuming than mine does.

Sunday, June 12, 2005


I was going through some files on my computer and found a joke letter of recommendation that one of my colleagues had crafted. (She comes off as cynical, but she's actually a really nice person once you get to know her. One day, I decided to make fun of her "I'm so bitter" persona by calling her "Sunshine." She answered by giving me the nickname, "Skippy." We've been calling eachother by these lame nicknames ever since.) Without futher ado . . .

I have known the candidate for several weeks—since he stumbled into me, literally, in a bar. Even though he’d been drinking for hours, I found him to be very well-spoken (if somewhat slurred) and quite bright. Skippy (that’s what he called himself, no idea why) was considering his next career move and I immediately suggested he give the exciting world of marketing a try.

Since joining our team, Skippy has been fairly reliable, often remembering to return to work after lunch. He has occasionally completed assignments and once even asked, “Hey, have you got any other crap for me to do, or can I just spend the rest of my shift taking a nap under my desk?” It’s always impressive when a new employee shows initiative and wants to take on more work.

Skippy is very motivated—in addition to showing up for work here, he was also studying every night for his GED, even attending special classes to increase his score. You know, if more parolees had his attitude, we’d have a lot less crime in the world. I believe Skippy would be an asset to The Stratford Career Institute, I’m confident that he can easily master the trade of his choice—he took several correspondence courses during his time away and is already certified in veterinary assisting, tv/vcr repair and landscaping.

We’ll be sorry to lose him at XXXXX, but we would never stand in his way. Actually, he may have already left, I haven’t seen him for several days, but we knew he was destined for bigger things.

Coming across this letter reminded me of something I had seen on droodoggie's blog. My favorite paragraph in droo's joke letter of rec:

Andrew is a born leader who can make quick complex decisions. His quick take charge leadership abilities even saved my life once. We were both involved in an alcohol induced car crash where he immediately determined that my heart had stopped. His conclusion puzzled me because I was still able to breathe and walk and carry on a conversation but he was quite convinced that my heart had ceased functioning. He wasted no time and was able to restart my heart using nothing more than a car battery, a bicycle pump and some speaker wire. I was left with a very large scar and one of my nipples had to be surgically removed but at least I am alive today and able to write this recommendation due to his heroic efforts.

Hey, at least our recommenders were having fun with the application process.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Bye-Bye, Montauk!

Alex Chu, founder of MBA Apply and voice of reason on the BW Forum, recently completed his book, The MBA Field Guide: How to Get In & What to Expect at the World's Renowned Programs.

I just finished reading it and was very happy to see Alex encouraging applicants to focus on fit as opposed to rankings when deciding which schools to apply to.

Alex, however, does feel that some schools are better than others in terms of "prestige." Grrrr. Fortunately, he continues by making the argument that prestige only really matters for applicants interested in careers with Investment Banks and Management Consulting firms. According to Alex, these companies spend most of their recruiting dollars at the following schools:


If you're addicted to rankings, you'll be sad to learn that Alex lists these schools alphabetically in his book. Better luck in the second edition.

So, where should you apply to school if you could care less about Investment Banking and Management Consulting? According to Alex, any one of the 500+ accredited business schools that best "fits" you!

Hard copies of the book are not yet available, but you can download a zip file (3 MB) that contains a pdf of the book. It costs $30 and comes in at over 500 pages. Whether you've just started thinking about going to business school or have already started working on essays for the up-coming admissions season, this is probably the most comprehensive book of its kind on the market today. (Bye-bye, Montauk!) To order a copy, click here.

EDIT: There is also a lot of information for international applicants in the book. There's a seperate section for Chinese applicants, Indian applicants, etc. Just thought I'd let you know.

The Chronicles Of Brian

A friend of mine just got dumped by his girlfriend. She left him for another man. Guess who.

I couldn't believe it, either. Seriously, what are the odds?

Monday, June 06, 2005

Atta Girl Tagged Me

I own approximately 500 books, most of which are sitting in storage. My collection contains books from every genre. Lately, I have been drawn to non-fiction. Biographies, in particular.

Here is a list of the books I have read over the last several months.

Catherine de Medici - Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda: I am currently in the middle of this one. So far, so good.

Rats : Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan: I have a whole new respect for rats. These rodents are TOUGH. True survivors. Yes, they spread disease. We do, too. Think about how much you have in common with the rat if you ever see one stuggling to make its way into your apartment via the drain in your bathtub (this actually happened to a New Yorker in the book). Look at the rat. Appreciate its audacity. Its filthy charm. Its similarity to you. Then, like any reasonable person, call the exterminator.

The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir: Struggles for the crown, back when wearing the crown actually meant something more than "tradition". Generally speaking, this is a story of how multiple power grabs lead to chaos and anarchy. Read this, or watch coverage on the news tonight about the Middle East.

Maria Antoinette - The Journey by Antonia Fraser: A larger-than-life and terribly misunderstood woman who suffered great pain in her personal life. Not an uplifing read. Her story is sad, but the chapter in which the author describes what Marie's youngest son had to endure while imprisoned by revolutionaries is particularly heart-wrenching.

Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset: This is a story of history's most successful business woman. Using expert negotiation skills and her keen understanding of economics, organizational behavior, and public relations, Elizabeth I transformed England from a bankrupt country with little clout to the richest and most influential nation in Europe by the end of her reign. This is page after page of great leadership. Read this!

Somewhere in there, I read one piece of fiction, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. This was a short story that I finished in one night.

Up Next: Dry. A Memoir. by Augusten Borroughs and Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie.

I tag: Keven, EMC, Delisle, atta girl's soon-to-be-roommate, Simba, and Hella!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Advice For Applicants For The Class Of 2008: Create Your Own Rankings!

A few days ago, I noticed that a fellow blogger had included the 2004 BW rank of every business school you can link to from his blog. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Rankings are extremely personal. How a publication ranks Carnegie Mellon, for example, should matter very little to you if the school has everything you're looking for in an MBA program. Rankings are a way to sell magazines and validate the insecure. They also frustrate rational discourse. (See the BW Forum for evidence of this.)

A quick read through the ever-increasing number of Class of 2008 blogs has given me hope. Many applicants have begun the process of defining their goals and have expanded their list of schools to include those that will help them achieve their objectives, regardless of where these schools show up in the rankings. Some, however, appear to have fallen into the rankings trap.

Applicants for the Class of 2008, I ask you to consider making your own rankings based upon your goals, who you are, and where you think you can spend the next two years of your life. I implore you to do your research. You'll end up saving a lot of time, hundreds of dollars in application fees, and a great deal of disappointment.

To that end, I have decided to publish the list of factors that I found helpful in narrowing my options. I have placed these factors in order of importance to me. If you decide to use this list, you may find that "Recruiters" trumps "Location", "Curriculum" outweighs "Alumni/Network", etc.

Current Students - Students and class size fall into this category. I may prefer to live in/near big cities, but I enjoy a more intimate learning environment. Using undergraduate classes as a reference, I realized that I am the sort of person who learns from his classmates as much as, if not more than, he does from his textbooks. I went to a large and very competitive undergraduate institution. I got the most out of classes where there were fewer students, where participation was encouraged, and where students collaborated with each other. Learning for me is about people. This is also why diversity became so important to me in my research. Of course, I anticipate sharing the classroom with Investment Bankers. But I wanted my classmates to come from a number of professions and from all around the world. That kind of diversity isn't very easy to find, especially when you want a small class size and have additional criteria to consider.

Alumni/Network - Alumni (as individuals in their own right) and strength of the alumni network fall into this category. I talked to alumni from a wide variety of schools. I was able to make some important decisions based upon my conversations with them. I was interested, first and foremost, in what they were doing now. Then: Why did they decide to pursue this line of work? What other jobs have they had since graduating? Was an MBA necessary in meeting their career goals? I listened to what they had to say, all the while asking myself, "Is this a person that I would want to work with? Spend two years learning with? See at alumni events for the rest of my life?" I was surprised by my answers. It really helped me to shorten my list of potential schools. Additionally, a vibrant alumni network was important to me. I wanted to feel as though I could pick up the phone and call anyone who had been to my school and receive a warm response - and professional assistance, if necessary. You'd be surprised at how many of the "highly ranked" schools do not have a strong alumni network. Generally, I found that only a handful of schools did.

Location - Very important to me. Tuck is a great school. And I would have applied there were it located somewhere else. I'm the sort of person who needs easy access to a major metropolitan area. I feel more comfortable in big cities. . . . But not just any big city. I love NY and SF, for example. LA, Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Washington D.C., I'm not so crazy about. I wouldn't be happy living "just anywhere." I know this about myself, and I made my decisions taking this into account.

Chances - This was a very real concern for me. I am no longer in my mid to late 20s and my GMAT and GPA are only average (at the 50% mark) for most schools. Some schools, e.g., Stanford and Harvard, are notorious for placing heavy emphasis on an applicant's age (the younger, the better). Still, regardless of what you think you're chances are from a stats perspective, you should apply to that school if you feel you are a "fit" from every other angle.

Curriculum - Everything from core courses, electives, teaching style, and faculty fall into this category. I am a marketer who is weak in many of the business basics: accounting, finance, economics, etc. What I need to learn is covered in most core courses at all good schools. Since finance is my weakness - and one of Yale's strengths - Yale makes sense for me. I am not going to Yale to learn marketing. I am going to Yale - to business school, in general - to learn what I do not already know.

Side note: I hope to start my own business one day, so I made an effort to research entrepreneurship offerings at a number of schools and to speak to entrepreneurs with and without MBAs. Here's what I learned: Be wary of any school that claims to teach "entrepreneurship." Most entrepreneurs need to know how to write a business plan, how to access captial, and the basics of running a successful business. All good business schools teach these things. Additionally, my own perceptions have led me to believe that entrepreneurship requires passion and resiliency and that these are personality traits that can neither be taught nor learned.

Recruiters - This was decidedly unimportant to me. I do not plan on a career in Investment Banking, nor do I wish to become a Management Consultant. Yale offers opportunities to meet with recruiters in these fields, so if I ever change my mind (mmm, not likely), I can rest assured that I have not locked myself out of anything.

I plan to go back into Marketing when I have finished my MBA. I am somewhat torn as to whether I want to do marketing for a technology/internet company or a CPG. Recruiters from both industries come to Yale; but I expect that I will have to do a lot of leg-work regardless. I will have to do this not because I am going to Yale, but because no matter what a school's Career Development Office tells you, you will have to work hard to land your internship and your first job after graduation. Going to business school is no "magic bullet." Read the blog of Future MBA Girl. On-campus recruiting is rough. There is no guarantee of securing a position this way. Plan to work your tuckus off - just as you would in real life!

That said, certain professions are more difficult to get into, so if you're looking to transition into one of these, make sure that at least some of your interviews will come from the CDO.

ROI - Ultimately, if you've done your homework and have narrowed your choices to a handful of schools, you will not have to worry about ROI. You will see a return on your investment even before you arrive on campus. ROI isn't all about how much money you will make 3 - 5 years out of business school (though this should be taken into consideration). It's about the return you'll receive on the intellectual, social, and professional investment you make. I haven't even started my program yet and I am already benefitting from it.

If you've been perusing the BW Forum, you may be asking yourself, "Where does "brand" fit in?" I have deliberately excluded brand. During my research, it occured to me that brand is only relevant for international students. Although, some U.S. students may wish to consider brand if they plan on working internationally.

Having done your research, you should now have a list of schools. My personal rankings had Yale in the number 1 spot. Harvard was number 10 on a list of 10. I applied there to pacify my partner, who preferred the thought of living in Boston to New Haven. (I'm not a fan of Boston. New Haven's not so great, either, but it's close to New York, which I like.) I put together a great application for Harvard (from a content perspective: amazing leadership examples, etc.), but couldn't really sell myself on going there. I suspect that came through in one - or maybe even all - of the six essays I wrote. An important tip: If you can't sell yourself on a school, you'll have a difficult time selling yourself to a school. This is why research is so important.

Another reason to do your homework: Schools have a sense of what they are looking for in their applicants. Note, for instance, that Yale has the School of Management and Chicago the Graduate School of Business. Both schools offer the MBA, but there is a fundamental difference in philosophies. Chicago trains people for business, Yale for careers in management regardless of sector (e.g., public, private, etc.). Do not underestimate the importance of how well you "fit" from the adcom's perspective. People are sometimes surprised when they get into Harvard, but not Wharton; Stanford but not NYU. They then try to pass off these "inconsistencies" with reasoning that strokes their egos, e.g., "Well, my stats were so good that USC knew I would get in somewhere else/better and it rejected me in an effort to increase its yield. USC is so insecure." Most likely, USC rejected you because you weren't what the school was looking for. Poweryogi is an excellent example of how important "fit" can be. He applied to eight schools, but was only accepted at one. Why? In my humble opinion, because Poweryogi is a thought-leader. The man belongs at Chicago. Many schools place more value in applicants who have managed people. Chicago seems a little different in this regard. Obviously, Chicago is not for everybody. Neither is Stanford, Harvard, UCLA, etc. Schools know this but still try to sell themselves as "all things to all people". Don't fall for it.

In conclusion, are you really going to let a publication tell you that Kellogg is number one, even if you're interest is in Venture Capital? That Harvard is number five, even if your interest is in Non-Profit? I have heard too many MBAs tell too many stories of years wasted in programs that some magazine ranked highly, but that didn't fit with their personalities and objectives. Figure out what your goals are, short-term and long-term. Think about who you are and what you value. Talk to current students. Talk to alums. (With students and alums, I would advise that you find your own. Be careful of who the admissions committee puts you into contact with. That person will most likely be a cheerleader as opposed to someone with whom you can have a frank conversation about strengths and weaknesses.) And don't fall for glossy marketing materials produced by the CDO that make the school look like it offers more than it really does.

Truth be told, if I had to do it all over again, I would have considered UW-Madison, too. The more people I meet who went there, the more impressed I am. In my opinion though, Yale SOMers are the best. That's just my opinion. But will anyone else's opinion really matter when I take stock of my life thirty, forty, or even fifty years from now? Permit me to answer my own rhetorical question, "Of course not!"

***I apologize for the long post. If you made it this far, I hope you found it valuable. Good luck to the applicants for the Class of 2008!***

Friday, June 03, 2005

July 15th It Is

After much consideration, I have chosen July 15th as my last day of work. This will give me ten days to pack and put most of my belongings in storage, five days to drive across the country, and fifteen days to settle in/become acquainted with New Haven.

I held off on making a decision as long as I reasonably could. Denial, I suppose. My apartment, my city, my friends, my co-workers - these are all "home" to me. I leave home knowing that the time has come to accelerate my learning and growth, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Yes, these next two years are going to be exciting. I have already been informed of some unique internship opportunities - not only through the school, but also through fellow matriculants! My own friends have begun to drop VERY SUBTLE hints about my internship next summer, e.g., "Well, if you want to do something creative, you should do your internship at [insert name of friend's company here]. I can get you the internship if you want it. It's up to you. Do you want to do something interesting? Or do you want to go into CPG and be bored?" I've been getting a lot of variations of this - worded less agressively, of course. And as if all this weren't enough, my manager wants me to take a leave of absence instead of resigning. So the pressure's on at work to return once I have finished my degree. I'm guessing that these constitute just a glimpse of what Yale and an MBA have to offer. The next two years will be quite an adventure.

But in no time at all, I'll be saying good-bye to the people and places I know and love. I'm pretty sure I'll be coming back to the West Coast, my city, and my friends in two years. My job? . . . I'm not so sure about.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Great Posts

Some excellent stuff today from the League of MBA Bloggers:

Brit-Chick posted a link to an article on the Graduate Management Admission Council website that deals with the "hits" and "misses" that MBA admissions officers make.

My favorite paragraph:

Another characteristic of unsuccessful admits that can be detected in the admissions process is arrogance. Is an applicant rude to admissions office staff? Does he think his grades or GMAT® scores make his acceptance a sure bet? Watch out, said some symposium participants. People who exhibit arrogance as applicants rarely change. They may be unable to work as part of a team, may have unrealistic expectations about their job prospects, may have a sense of entitlement when it comes to student and career services, and may put off recruiters with their self-centered attitudes.

Sense of entitlement? Unrealistic expectations when it comes to . . . career services? Sounds like half the posters on BW!

Keven gives a good synopsis of the article here.

iwhoElse also posted a link to an article. This was a full-blown attack on business schools, with Wharton the primary target. The reporter's conclusions were nothing new: "The Man has no soul. An MBA will turn you into The Man. You will have no soul." Yawn. Still, the article was worth reading for some of its descriptions. For example:

The reporter's account of the "Succeeding in Business Today" seminar led by a woman named Madison. "'It may also be a test,' Madison had warned earlier, 'if a senior executive lights up and offers us a cigarette when we happen to smoke. "It's not corporate."'"

So true. Always decline his/her cigarette and light up one of your own. That way, you look prepared.

I also enjoyed reading, in the same article, about the "Identity Is Destiny" seminar. The consultant asks, "How, to use MBA lingo, do you differentiate yourselves?" Everyone (who is quoted) answers "quant" skills.

The fact that other people gave the same answer would suggest that quantitative reasoning skills are not much of a differentiator. I would have said, "I make a great martini" or "I'm psychic." Neither is true, but with the proper delivery/timing, it could have been funny. Judging from the article, it sounds like some Wharton-ites could do with a little more humor in their lives. I guess that's true for everybody, though, isn't it?