Durham, Day 3: I’m in a BBQ coma

Pulled Pork, Fried Okra, Mac & Cheese, and Hush Puppies

It’s 10 p.m. and I can’t move.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

After 2-3 days of eating at the Conference Center cafeteria, I decided I needed to get away from the institutional food and go out in search of the institution that is North Carolina barbecue.  Originally, I tried to go to Bullocks BBQ at the recommendation of a classmate, but for whatever reason it’s not open on Monday.

Disappointed from encountering the dark storefront, I was thinking about giving up and just going to the Bojangles nearby (which is fantastic in a different sort-of-way), but I broke out my trusty iPhone and tried again.  This search led me to Hog Heaven, which was only open until 8 p.m.  Now, I’m not saying I broke any traffic laws, but seeing that it was 7:53 when I did this Google search led me to drive in a bit of a ‘spirited’ manner, because dammit, I was going to get some BBQ tonight!  Luckily, I stayed at the hotel across the street from Hog Heaven when I had my CCMBA admissions interview, so I more or less knew where I was going.

Anyway, dinner was fantastic, even though I didn’t make it to the original BBQ spot…and there’s always tomorrow for Bullocks!  There’s just something about that watery, vinegar-based sauce that can just make an evening.

‘Alumni’ Panel

The other highlight of the day was sitting on a Duke ‘Alumni’ panel (though only one of us on the panel has actually graduated so far!) to answer questions about our executive MBA experience.  It was an interesting experience to think back on my time in the CCMBA program, especially since it was a little less than two years ago when I was in the exact same position as the Open House guests.  As far as I can tell, I didn’t say anything to keep anyone from applying!


What not to do at an MBA Fair

This post should serve as a warning to all of you prospective students out there applying to business school.  Apparently, one of the Fuqua admissions staff was verbally abused while in Mumbai because he wouldn’t give his personal info to a “prospective” student.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that probably isn’t a champion strategy for future admission!

Don’t be that guy!