One weekend in February, about a third of Sean Pool’s classmates at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin went on a three-day ski trip to Park City, Utah. The event included nighttime, après-ski outings in town, as well as time to relax in a hot tub, according to the itinerary posted on Facebook. The Graduate Business Adventure Team, a student-run group, planned the trip.
Mr. Pool, 27, who is financing most of his approximately $140,000 M.B.A. degree through student loans, decided that the trip wasn’t worth the financial sacrifice. The student group put the weekend’s price tag at $1,000, but he says he thought it would probably end up running higher. Still, he acknowledged, “the people who can afford to get together and do these things bond.”
“Cliques at McCombs are generally diverse and accepting, but there is to some degree a socioeconomic element to the way cliques fall out, particularly for groups who have the financial means to travel for pleasure several weekends each semester,” says Mr. Pool, who worked at a nonprofit before starting at McCombs last fall.
“It’s all about the people” is a maxim that seems to flow through business-school campuses. Group travel, many say, is one way to build a network. <Read more.>