Karla: I just heard that you’re taking a leave of absence to go to business school. Is that right?
Joaquin: Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, and have finally taken the plunge. I need an MBA to get ahead in my career.
Karla: That’s great, but why don’t you go part-time?
Joaquin: I had considered taking classes on nights and weekends while I continue to work, but I’ve been admitted into an Ivy League school, and I want to take full advantage of the opportunities there.
Karla: Isn’t graduate school expensive, especially an Ivy League school?
Joaquin: Yeah, but I think it’s worth it, and I’ve been saving up. I have an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance, but that’s not enough if I want to work in the upper echelons of this or any other company.
Karla: I graduated with a degree marketing and information systems. Maybe I should be thinking about getting an MBA.
Joaquin: I’d recommend it, if you want to go further in your career. I’ll lend you all of my test prep materials for the GMAT.
Karla: The GMAT? I’d forgotten about the GMAT. That may be a deal breaker for me.
Joaquin: Why? You don’t like taking tests?
Karla: I like taking tests as much as I like getting a kick upside the head – maybe even less!
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