How Saying No to Harvard Business School Created a...

How Saying No to Harvard Business School Created a Unique Path for Education

Helping one person is noble, and helping many multiplies this nobility.

If you had worked year after year to develop an incredible academic resume, and rose in each of your endeavors to the very highest level, and achieved a pinnacle of success, what would you do? More specifically, what would you do if you were invited, because of your accomplishments, to attend the most prestigious business school on earth, Harvard Business School?

For almost anyone, this choice would merit very little critical thinking, ironically enough.

However, what is in the course of your academic endeavors, you had developed something unique: an unmitigated passion to serve others in the context of an academic society, to further the work of education in a unique and systematic way? What if he realized that it may not be best at the time to try to balance both attending the world’s most prestigious business school while following your dreams to build such an organization? For Mike Moradian, this was precisely the choice set before him. And he chose the latter.

Moradian realized that helping to build educational companies he had founded would give him the opportunity to fulfill a unique passion of helping untold amounts of students and educators to flourish in the very academic environments that had launched him to excellence.

From Moradian’s Wikipedia page,

“In 2010, Moradian founded CollegeBudget.com, a student discount site which utilizes collective buying power to negotiate discounts on behalf of its members. The next year, Moradian was accepted to Harvard Business School. He created an online poll and allowed the public to vote on whether he should attend Harvard Business School, or focus on leading his startup. The story was picked up by many media publications including AdWeek, San Francisco Gate and Washington Post. Moradian decided to not to attend HBS, opting to maintain his CEO positions at CollegeBudget and CampusBuddy… 

Moradian joined HonorSociety.org as its president and executive director in 2012.”

Moradian explains his initial involvement with Honor Society to Toolsy:

In 2012, we were presented with the opportunity to work with and take the concept of an honor society to the next level. A lot of people think that I founded Honor Society, but that is not true. 

There was an opportunity for leadership given my background and my abilities in tech, marketing and education to help Honor Society realize its full potential in the Internet world.

We took a relatively small idea and decided to focus on building it to be the largest and leading academic society in the nation.

Moradian continues,

“We connect students with opportunities to meet other people and to find prestigious positions in graduate schools and professional positions. We focus on academics, professional tools, benefits and really recognizing our members. 

It’s really a community of success . . . and more geared towards academic, professional and personal success.   

To further our philanthropic programs I helped found the Honor Society Foundation, which is a platinum rated 501(c)(3) that distributes our member scholarship program across the United States.”

Honor Society is recognized and has chapters at numerous universities, and is widely recognized as a leader in the educational world. Honor Society leads the path for upward-moving students and alumni and offers scholarships, discounts, test prep, career tools and much more. Learn more about Honor Society at www.honorsociety.org

 

Florent Malice
Florent Malicehttps://www.newsalarms.com/
Malice is an Irish sports journalist and former amateur and part-time road bicycle racer, He wrote for The Sunday Times newspaper and others, and published a number of books.

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