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Columbia MAFN Columbia MAFN, who has got decision?

Shadowfox

Active Member
mist i totally agree with you ...but it is too scattered ...I think right now the problem they are facing is that the people they might have admitted now, may have settled for other option and then trying to figure out whether to accept this opportunity or not ...This process may be taking some time and hence the waitlist for Suparna ...Coz Last monday they have rejected a lot of people.
 
Waitlisted. Actually, completely forgot about Columbia MAFN as if I didn't apply for the school since I submitted it in January and got a letter finally in June. Thinking about this longgggggggg amount of time to finally release a decision, they sure make applicants uncomfortable regarding the process along with how they treat applicants. Anyways will be attending UChicago so I will be withdrawing. Good luck to everybody on the waitlist.
 

Shadowfox

Active Member
Hey Dennis Congratulations on UChicago..They told me dat there is a placement exam on C++. If one clears that he/she would be exempted from taking that course. Are you preparing for that. Let me know. Sorry for thread jacking.
 
Hey Dennis Congratulations on UChicago..They told me dat there is a placement exam on C++. If one clears that he/she would be exempted from taking that course. Are you preparing for that. Let me know. Sorry for thread jacking.

Well yeah I will probably unless I get a short-term internship. I have already taken a course in C++ back when I was an undergraduate so I'll be reviewing those books and some other ones at the library.
 
On Jun 21st I received the decision that I had been moved onto a short waiting list.
And then yesterday (Jun 24th) I received my admission.
It's a looooooooooooooooooooooooong period since I completed my application in Jan 2013.

Besides, I had an admission for MSFE in UIUC.
So here I would also like to ask for your opinion that whether I should go to UIUC or MAFN?
Since I'm a little afraid of the short length of MAFN which means that I have to look for a job as soon as I arrive NY.
 

Shadowfox

Active Member
FlowerShin I suggest you to look at the option of completing the program in 3 semesters at Columbia. It will give you a chance to do internship in between.. I remember you are a fresher and without any significant work experience...
 
FlowerShin I suggest you to look at the option of completing the program in 3 semesters at Columbia. It will give you a chance to do internship in between.. I remember you are a fresher and without any significant work experience...

Apart from the expensive cost on housing and living, the length may be the only problem.
I had also heard that there is an option of 3 semesters. But I'm not sure how to activate this option.

Um, and how about the career service and placement of MAFN?
Even though it is said that the service is poor, I still found the placement quite satisfactory.

BTW, it is amazing that you still remember my background~
 

mhy

Well-Known Member
I had also heard that there is an option of 3 semesters. But I'm not sure how to activate this option.


Talk to the director (Lars Nielsen); he told me this was a new option from this year and should have some information for you.
 

Canuck

Well-Known Member
C++
I have a question for you. It seems like a lot of people say this thing that 'extend to 3 semesters and do the internship in between.' But, can't you find/do internship with just one year program??

I think the issues at play are more about the quantity of material you need to absorb in a single year and also the fact that an internship in between semesters can give you a real world context about what you're learning.
 

Canuck

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C++
Well, I guess 3 semesters will give you more time, but the amount of study will be almost same. But, you are right because you will learn/study more thoroughly with 3 semesters.

And, as you said, internship will give you a real world experience about what you're learning. But, that is what internship is. You will have the same experience whether you graduated or you have one more semester left. I just don't understand why people try to distinguish between a summer internship in between semesters and a summer internship right after graduation.


Agreed but doing an internship and then being able to return to a classroom is a great thing to be able to do. It gives you time to digest your new practical knowledge in a safe academic environment and also gives you context within the classroom.
 

mhy

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Personally Speaking, I dont think an Internship does server any purpose beside giving u an opportunity to speak to some people and show them that you can actually be very useful. I think its a short term commitment for both you and the comapny that u are going to be working for. Three semesters does reduce the pace a bit so that you get more time to absorb and carefully plan your career. I know a lot of people are interested in pursuing a career in quant finance and after spending 5 years in this area with a reputed firm in Asia, I can tell you that its not like all of them understand what career better suits to their profile. A lot of very intelligent people feel to join the lucrative field of finance for the sake of showing off their intelligence. After all its not much about intelligence and a lot more depends on your passion and creativity to excel in this field. An internship is ideal for people who aint sure how they want their career to be shaped after the completion of the course. Believe me, I have hired at least 10 very smart candidate in the area of high frequency trading and most of them ended up not liking it or liking it for entirely different reasons(like challenges in terms of writing efficient code or reducing latency).


An internship leads to a job at the company. Since it's especially difficult for international students with no experience to get a full-time job after graduation, the internship is extremely valuable for such students (which form a large part of incoming MFE classes)
 
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