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留学参考:He Dropped Out Of High School. Now He’s At HBS  

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留学参考:He Dropped Out Of High School. Now He’s At HBS
 
BY: MARC ETHIER ON APRIL 30, 2017

 

 

It’s no exaggeration to say that Rahkeem Morris took one of the most unusual paths to business school you’ll ever hear about. Or that he is probably more immune to stress than most because of the responsibilities he had to shoulder at a young age.

Living with two siblings in a single-parent household in Albany, New York, Morris dropped out of high school at 14 to help care for his younger brother. The next four years were all about family and work, as Morris did odd jobs — by his count more than 10, mostly in the service industry and often two at a time — to help his mom makes ends meet. It wasn’t until he was 20 that Morris earned his diploma.

But in the 10 years since, his life has taken a fruitful turn: He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, went to work for GE and Google, and began the full-time MBA program at Harvard Business School. Now, as his first year at HBS draws to a close, Morris is looking to translate his experiences in the work world into a venture to mobilize and modernize the lower-skilled workforce across a spectrum of blue-collar occupations. The startup, Aday, a finalist in HBS’ recent 20th annual New Venture Competition, brings Morris’ journey into sharp relief.

“Everything is going really well,” Morris says of his nearly complete first year at Harvard — and life in general. “It’s been great. I’m making a lot of new friends and really great connections. It’s been very challenging in a different way than I’m used to, and also doing this startup on top of it, it’s been another thing that I’m trying to manage — but so far, it’s good. I’ve done a lot of things that I’m proud of in the first year.”

FROM DROPOUT TO HARVARD MBA IN 16 SHORT YEARS

Harvard Business School keeps track of a lot of factsabout its MBA cohorts. Average GMAT score. Percentage of women. Percentage of under-represented minorities. Previous employment industry. But nowhere does HBS have any statistics on the number of one-time high school dropouts in its MBA ranks.

There’s probably good reason for that: Rahkeem Morris is the only one.

And while the massive, 942-person Class of 2018 includes perhaps the most diverse skill set of any elite business school, undertaking what is undoubtedly one of the most difficult business management programs in the world, few if any can claim to have handled the kind of pressures Morris has for more than half of his life. “It’s very bizarre in a way, but things are easier now,” he says.

Morris, in a recent phone interview, spoke to Poets&Quants about his unique journey. He talked about his upbringing, his life at Cornell and Harvard, and his work history, which informs Aday, the digital matching firm he co-founded that provides a liquid workforce for lower-skilled, hourly positions. Or as Morris, 30, calls it, “the future of work.”

Your journey is fascinating. You actually dropped out of high school at one point. Why did you do that, and what changed things for you that you would go back to school?

I dropped out at 14 and I did a ton of odd jobs, sometimes working two jobs. Long story short, I have a younger brother who is 10 years younger than me. I grew up in a single-parent family like many people do, and every morning I had to bring my brother to day care. I was 14, he was 4 or 5, and it’s pretty difficult to get someone who is 4 or 5 washed up, dressed up, and across town. I would be late to school every day, for my first period, and I more or less came to realize that people didn’t care if I didn’t go to school at all.

The dominoes began to fall at that point. First it was first period, then that became first and second period, and first, second, and third period, and so on. All of a sudden I wasn’t going to school at all. And that’s how I dropped out.

But when I went back to high school, there was this manila folder that they kept everyone’s records in, and on the front of my folder they wrote on my folder that I was in prison. And I’ve never been to prison before. And it was just really a strange thing.

I went back to high school at 18. My high school has this weird program where anyone can be able to pass a final exam for the test, and you get full course credit for that one class. So I ended up graduating about three years of school in single year. At that point I was two years behind my initial graduation year, so I ended up graduating undergrad when I was 24, when the typical age is 22.

You went to Cornell University for your undergraduate degree in applied economics and management. Talk about the process of being accepted at Cornell. Did you get in right away? 

When I applied there, they didn’t accept me right away. I can’t remember the exact number but they told me that I needed to get a 3.5 or 3.8 at another school. I suppose my transcript didn’t look like everyone else’s applying to Cornell! But they had this thing called guaranteed transfer, which is more or less to prove to them that you have college readiness. And so I was able to go do a mixture of community college and also SUNY-Albany, and graduated with a 3.9 and was able to transfer to Cornell as a“guaranteed transfer” my sophomore year.

At Cornell I graduated magna cum laude. It’s fair to say I was definitely not going to waste my opportunity. I also always worked one or two jobs, the whole time.

I initially wanted to be a lawyer and go to law school, but I spoke to a lot of people and they told me it was not a good fit for my personality. (Laughs) So one of my focuses in undergrad was keeping my GPA up because I knew it was very important for law school. Then over time, during my first year working at GE is when I became certain I wanted to apply for an MBA.

 

Where did you apply?

Only this school. Only Harvard. I don’t want to say I didn’t consider other schools, but Harvard is Harvard — it’s very hard to beat it. And I also knew I wanted to work in (my) startup, it’s a B2B business and I knew this school would be a really great place to try to launch a B2B business. I worked at Google and I did think about Stanford.

But at Harvard I got in right away. I had a really great interview. Actually my interviewer got a bit emotional. It was a very interesting experience, the interview that I had here at HBS.

In HBS interviews they ask you a lot of questions, they ask you why you did every single position, why you chose to do XYZ. And I hadn’t really thought about my past in-depth in the way they were asking me, and so there were certain situations that I forgot that had happened to me. One example is, when I was in sixth grade my teacher realized I was squinting at the board all the time, so she took me from class, drove me downtown to an optometrist. When I got fitted for the glasses and got my prescription and went down to pay for the glasses, she looked at me and asked me if I had insurance or not. I literally had no idea what the word “insurance” meant. I said “no,” and she went ahead and paid for my eyeglasses. She is an amazing woman that I’ve been trying to reconnect with.

I told that story to my interviewer, and then a ton of other stories came out that I had completely forgotten about growing up when I was younger, and I was recounting those stories to her and I probably got a little emotional myself. But then she really got emotional, and she started to cry, which was interesting. She said it was the first time she’d done that in 10 years of interviews. It was a really great experience.

If I hadn’t gotten into HBS, round 2 I would have probably applied elsewhere. But one of the reasons I wanted to go to HBS is, well, obviously it’s HBS, but it’s also close to my hometown and I wanted to be on the East Coast.

Tell me about your startup Aday, which was a finalist in the business track at this year’s Harvard New Venture Competition. What does Aday do, and how did the idea germinate?

Aday came about with the idea that information technology modulizes the workforce. For a lot of these hourly positions in places like Starbucks, or lower-skilled people in the healthcare field, or mechanics — blue collar jobs in particular — we’re looking to be able to record these different skills on a platform. People can record them over time, and then be able to plug them back into their past employers. The idea is that it’s the future of work.

I worked a couple different odd jobs when I was younger, and the idea (for Aday) came as a result of that. Since I heard from Poets&Quants I went through all the different hourly employers that I’ve had in the past, and there’s actually 11! It surprised me, how many different places I’ve worked at. The jobs are all over the board, but primarily in quick-service restaurants. Taco Bell, for example. But I’ve also worked at table service places like Pizzeria Uno, Houlihan’s. I worked at Kinko’s at one point. I moved refrigerators. I’ve done everything, man.

There are a lot of competitors in this space, but I think I’m looking at it in a slightly different way than other people are, in terms of really getting down to the skills that people are able to do. And then in understanding how different workplaces could benefit from hiring people who have recorded their different positions at whatever places they work. My experience really helps me to think about this in a way that’s different from other people that go to business school and then want to do something in this field. It’s something I have lived and so it’s closer to me than it would be for other people.

You’re almost at the end of your first year at HBS. Do you ever think back on your journey and say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe how far I’ve come?’

I’ve been learning at the speed of lightning, and everything has been going really well so far.

It’s very bizarre in a way, but things are easier now. You’d think that as you grow older, there responsibility you’ll have to deal with. But it’s been almost the opposite for me. Especially going to Google (where he was a finance business partner from July 2012 to July 2015), where you get free food and massages! (Laughs) Six years ago there was none of that!

There’s a point where I was working two jobs and going to college at the same time, and then suddenly I was starting at GE and making twice as much as my mom ever made. Then going to Google after two years and literally my only expense while living out in California was my rent. Food, rental cars, transportation — I had a car come pick me up at my house every day. It was amazing. So in a very real way, life became easier.

But then, it’s bizarre, but I’ve definitely put a lot of responsibility back on me with this startup. I’ve put the pressure back. It’s a good responsibility, I love it. But it’s a lot of responsibility.

 

 

以上内容摘自:

http://poetsandquants.com/2017/04/30/high-school-dropout-got-hbs/

 

 

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