Conor Grennan, Dean of Students
Congratulations! Stern is not an easy place to get into. Just ask the Office of Admissions, which spent months reviewing thousands of applications just so that they could find a few like yours. Just so that they could offer you, (insert your name here), a place in the NYU Stern Class of 2016.
So let me tell you a bit about why you were chosen, (insert your name again here. Sorry, I still haven’t learned it. Soon. I promise.)
Yes, you are probably highly intelligent. You probably have impressive work experience, interesting life experience, and an awesome GMAT score. But let’s face it – a lot of applicants have that now. More every year, actually. And we still only have limited space available. (Welcome to New York City.)
More important to us is how you fit into Stern, specifically. And even more specifically, how you fit into the Class of 2016. That’s what our Office of Admissions does. They hand-select a group of individuals that will be greater than the sum of its parts.
Here at Stern we are focused on building a Community of Trust. A community that is other-centered. A community that knows that building up the team around you will pay great dividends in the long run. We are a community that is passionate about success and recognizes the best way to achieve our own success is through our classmates and colleagues.
What does that mean? It means that you are setting off on a Great Journey. But you are not in a kayak, my friend. This is a battleship (or a Carnival Cruise – choose your analogy), and there are a lot of other amazing people on this boat with you. This isn’t just your personal journey – this is Our Journey, together.
That’s why it was so important to select you, in particular. Because you fit. You were chosen to help a lot of other impressive individuals reach their goals along the way. Just as your classmates were chosen because they will help you succeed.
Together we will go a lot farther, a lot faster, and make much bigger waves, in our battleship/cruise liner than if we were in some lame flotilla of sea kayaks. (Nothing against you sea-kayakers out there.)
You’re a Sternie now. You’re on our team. And I can’t tell you how happy I am that you chose to join us.
I don’t want to go on too long here – this is LAUNCH, after all. You’re probably already late for a session, or you’re desperate to use the restroom and this article is holding you up.
Thus, I will end with this:
I really do know how you feel. I was a full time student here, Class of 2010.
So when I speak about our Community of Trust and the Stern Team, I know what I’m talking about. I have been an applicant, a student, an alum, and now a Dean of Students. Believe me when I say that the greatest successes I have had here at Stern have come when I have focused on helping others achieve their goals. I am not sure exactly why that is, but it is. I think you will find the same thing.
Thank you for choosing the NYU Stern School of Business. I pledge that I will spend every day honoring the commitment you have made to this institution. Together, we will do things you haven’t even dreamed up yet.