Monday, March 12, 2012

True worth of Kellogg: Networking

In this post, I will talk about what I consider to be the most important feature of a Kellogg MBA: Networking opportunities.

According to me, the most important goal of an MBA education is to network feverishly and get to know as many people as possible. Now, when I say networking, I mean it in the genuine sense and not acquiring contacts for the sole purpose of using them. Genuine networking happens when you are truly interested in getting to know the opposite person and looking for ways to help him/her out regardless of personal benefit. Such networking helps in not only professional enrichment but also personal enrichment.

That being said, I can safely claim that Kellogg provides the biggest opportunity to network through it's heavy emphasis on teamwork. I don't know whether this was by design or chance but even in the worst case scenario you will graduate from Kellogg knowing at least 200 (yes, two hundred) students (and this is a conservative estimate). Let's see how this number came about:

1. KWEST (Kellogg worldwide experience and service trip) - These trips are led by 2nd year students and take the incoming students to several parts of the world. New students sign up in advance for their choice of destination. Each group is normally composed of 25-30 students and the most striking feature of the trip is that no one is supposed to ask about the backgrounds of other students during the trip. At the end of the trip, everyone is supposed to guess about the other participants. In addition, the trips are usually very intense and this results in bonding amongst the students.

Conclusion: You end the trip and start your Kellogg experience with 30 lifelong friends.
Tally: 30

2. Teamwork - You are supposed to work with different teammates for each course. In total there are 24 courses which you must take up, each requiring 5 persons in a teams; therefore you work with 120 different students during the two years.

Conclusion: You get to know 120 students up close.
Tally: 30+120 = 150

3. GIM (Global initiatives in Management) - This is a course in which you are required to study a target country during the quarter and then visit them for 10 days as part of the coursework. Usually a GIM group consists of 30-35 students.

Conclusions: 24x7 with 15 people for 10 days brings you very close to them.
Tally: 150 + 35 = 185

4. Career Treks - Several treks are organized by Kellogg, e.g. Entrepreneurship Trek, VC Trek, etc. which takes interested students to several parts of US and the world where they interact with related companies and hob nob with domain experts. The groups usually consist of 10-15 students.

Conclusion: You know what I am getting at.
Tally: 185 + 15 = 200

This is not even taking into account the numerous clubs you will be part of, which will take the minimum tally to 250. And if you are full of energy and a networking maniac, you are looking at 500+ connections in two years alone. Now, where else will get this?

Kellogg really undersells itself. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Misconceptions about Kellogg - International student loan

Disclaimer: I have obviously become a diehard Kellogg fan. Henceforth all my posts will concentrate around Kellogg. However, all such posts will be strictly about Kellogg and will in no way be meant to disparage or spread false information about other schools. I haven't visited other schools nor will I be doing an MBA from other schools so I simply don't have the right to comment about it. All schools have their pros and cons and there is really no distinguishing between them. It's all about the fit ;).

Aside: Please refer the official Kellogg students blog at http://kelloggmbastudents.wordpress.com for more inside school

I hope my previous post busted some of the myths about Kellogg especially in regard to resources it provides for Entrepreneurship. In this post I will attempt to clear the air over another issue:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day at Kellogg

Wow! It's been really long. Sorry about that - I was busy regaining normalcy after the gruel of the MBA application process.

So to summarize I was admitted to Kellogg in R1 and did not really make it to the rest which I think was for the better. To be frank, I was not too pumped about Kellogg when I got the admit. Therefore, I decided to go for the admit weekend (Day at Kellogg) to check out the school and make sure it's the right place for me. The time and effort to make the journey between Bangalore and Chicago just for 4 days was well worth it.

My good friend Cheetarah has already given an excellent account of the madness that was DAK here. I will attempt to add to this - my observations and experience.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kellogg Kellogg

As you might have guessed from the post title, I am in !

The news came via an unexpected mail on tuesday morning - unexpected, because everyone was expecting it to start from 14th. No complaints though! :)

Kellogg is an absolutely fabulous school and I am simply in love with it, its culture, and the student spirit. Not a big fan of the Chicago climate though :(.

Eagerly waiting for my welcome packet to arrive. Meanwhile, I am also waiting for my Wharton decision which is on the 20th. 50-50 chance there as the interview was just so-so.

Yay!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A True Roller Coaster Ride !

Boy, it's been long!

When I had named my blog "MBA Roller Coaster", I didn't realize how true it would be. I haven't blogged for a long time now and it's because my head has been spinning with all the craziness that's been happening around. No one tells you that the toughest part of the MBA application is the waiting. Yes, it's not the GMAT, it's not the applications themselves, but the interminable waiting that occurs between submitting applications and interview calls, between interview calls and final admits. The wait and uncertainty just drives you crazy - almost insane.

First, my story till now:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Clearadmit "Kellogg" Guide Review

Disclosure: I was asked to review this guide by Clearadmit but my views are unbiased and without influence.

I have just finished reading Clearadmit's guide for Kellogg school and I have to say that I am blown away.

I had always read that such guides are just a summary of what can be found on the website. While this guide largely conforms to this assertion, it gives you some nuggets of information which are more than worth the price of the guide. The guide goes into extreme details on every aspect of the school, its history, its culture, its curriculum, and more.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Life has been taken over.

I am surprised I haven't written about this before - How the MBA application process takes over your life.

Since I started preparing for GMAT, my life has essentially been taken over. All I do is live and breathe the essays, the application forms, and the forums. All I talk about is my application strategy, the deadlines, and my apprehensions. My friends and especially my wife are on the verge of a breakdown due to the incessant MBA chatter, half of which they do not understand.

Is this good?