Found a Home!!

SanMateoHouse

We finally found a place to live…

We settled on San Mateo since it is close to the mid-way point from Palo Alto to San Francisco. Hope will be commuting up to the city via CalTrain and I’ll be driving down to Stanford. Hope was hoping for something closer to downtown San Mateo and a little less suburban feeling, but we submitted 2 other applications (and lost those homes due to the competitive rental market). We were starting to get a bit anxious (probably more me than her), so we’re happy to have this process behind us.

We’ll be a little farther from campus than many of my fellow Sloanies, but we’ll have room for our pups and some grass for them to run around.

If the rental market stays this aggressive, I encourage future Sloanies looking for off-campus housing to ensure you allocate enough time for your search. We heard of folks from the previous cohort temporarily moving into short-term rentals then moving after a month or two – you could certainly do that too, but moving twice sounded pretty awful to us — not to mention expensive…

It’s getting exciting now – it is all beginning to feel very real… Now the task begins to pack up and sell the house in VA…

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Stanford MSx

Stanford has rebranded the Stanford Sloan Masters program as the Stanford MSx – Masters of Science in Management for eXperienced professionals. It is certainly more descriptive, but I think their primary goal was to eliminate confusion of the Stanford Sloan program with MIT’s venerable business school.

With the new branding, students will still be known as Sloan Fellows – to carry forward the heritage of the Sloan vision of training mid-career executives. But the program will still be a full-time immersive experience, instead of the typical nights / weekend approach of the typical EMBA.

I still think the MS in Management is confusing – it will certainly not address all the questions for future students if the MSMgmt is equivalent to an MBA in future employers’ eyes. But in reality, I don’t think it matters. Since most of the accepted students probably have 10+ years experience, having “Stanford GSB” on your resume and being able to talk about the experience is certainly more important than the reader immediately understanding the difference between an MBA and the MSMgmt.

If you’re expecting to get your next job from a Monster.com posting, little things like this might be really important to you — but I think we’ll all be in a different league after this experience.