Student’s participation in Harvard’s Peek Weekend gives a glimpse of obtaining a MBA

Written by Kendell Combs, Junior, Agribusiness Management & Agricultural Communication

Harvard Business School puts on an event every year called Peek Weekend. It is a 3-day long event that gives students a glimpse into what obtaining an MBA from Harvard would be like. According to Harvard Business School’s website, “Peek Weekend will help participants develop a greater understanding of the challenges leaders face, the many dimensions inherent in the business world, and the impact participants can have on their community and the world through organizational leadership.” 

Dane Chapman (Junior; Agribusiness Marketing; Brookston, IN) was one of about 80 students who had the honor of attending the 2018 Peek Weekend this past summer.

A week before arriving to the Boston, MA campus, Dane had to read through five different business case studies. The cases ranged from Planters Peanuts’ marketing strategy to the implementation of blockchain in today's businesses and governments. Once he arrived at Harvard Business School, he was introduced to his cohort of students from across the United States. Dane had the privilege of working alongside these students as they digested the case studies to conclude the weekend. “Attending Peek Weekend allowed me to better understand what it would take to obtain an MBA, something that I am interested in doing after obtaining a few years of work experience following graduation. “

While at this event, Dane found the many perspectives that each student brought to the case study discussions to be very interesting and extremely informative. “We each had concerns about different sections of the case and the HBS professors were helpful in moderating the discussion to steer our cohort into developing a final conclusion.”

Dane truly enjoyed getting to know the other students in his cohort, as well as some of the professors who were engaging, intelligent, and passionate about the material they were talking about. 

“I would highly recommend other students who are interested in earning an MBA to consider applying for the Peek Weekend! It was a great experience to learn more about the case study method of learning and it also allowed me to learn from my fellow students.”

If you would like to know more information about Peek Weekend, you can visit Harvard Business School’s website:

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