My three goals of business school: entrepreneurship, network, and professor mentor. I want to build something. I want to meet new people and create life-long friendships. I want to work closely with a professor on a finance research project and have him to fall-back on when I have theoretical questions while on-the-job (I am always intellectually curious and question every investment made).
I will be happy to get accepted to any of the business schools on my list. But right now at this moment, I would rank my choices: Sloan, Wharton, Booth, and Kellogg. In reality, these 4 schools interchange ranking everyday as I do more diligence. Sloan has the best entrepreneurship track and small class to get to know professors. Great alumni network. Wharton has the best finance program and has the Wharton West campus. Booth is strong in both finance and entrepreneurship with the New Venture Challenge. Kellogg has unique programs like the AMP (Asset Management Practicum) that caught my eye, and the culture at Kellogg I definitely identify with the most. Furthermore, I could finally have a team to truly root for in college sports.
Now the purpose of this post is to focus on my thoughts on Kellogg. I interviewed in November. Kellogg interviews everyone in the USA I believe, and they use a mix of first-year, second-year, alumni, and admission officer. So I flew in for the interview in the morning. I showed up actually 45 minutes early! However… I did not call the admissions office to ask about parking guidance, since this is Evanston, Illinois! It should have parking everywhere! Lo’ and behold, I parked at the wrong spot. Recommendation: call ahead of time to ask about parking.
I was not impressed with Kellogg’s building, but I do appreciate having a campus and living close to campus. My interviewer asked standard questions:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why Kellogg?
- Why MBA?
- What kind of leader are you?
- Describe yourself in 2-3 words.
- What do your friends think about you?
There were a few other questions I may have left out. I did not prepare the “what kind of leader am I” question, since I really lead in various ways based on various circumstances. On a side note, Kellogg has the most impressive online presence. You can sign up in their portal to list your background, and they will automatically connect with you a student of a similar background. I learned a lot about the finance and AMP program. The AMP program could definitely be the kicker if I get accepted to multiple schools.
For those preparing for Kellogg, I recommend speaking to students and get a gist of the culture. I definitely see the culture at Kellogg more collaborative and less competitive compared to other schools.