Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It's official

During lunch today I went to the post office and put two envelopes in the mail. One was a thin envelope heading to Duke, letting them know I will not be enrolling in their program. The other was a thicker envelope sending my official transcripts and tuition deposit to Kellogg. Hard to believe that my application adventure, which started in July 2007, is now officially done. I am a member of the Kellogg 2Y MBA Class of 2011. I'm excited...only 192 days until KWEST trips start!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Post-DAK thoughts

After an intense weekend at Kellogg ("drinking from the firehose" is the term many students and admin used), it's a little strange to be back at home and at work. It absolutely was a great experience. From Day 1 of my application journey I had heard about the teamwork culture at Kellogg, but until this weekend I hadn't really known exactly what that meant. The people I met were incredible - they were all very smart and successful, but also very down to earth and friendly. In the opening session on Friday, Beth Flye (Asst. Dean for admissions) gave an overview of the R1 admits. The average GMAT and GPA were 719 and 3.62. There were entrepreneurs, teachers, military people, people from non-profits and government, and of course the bankers and consultants. For nearly 10 minutes she read accomplishments people had written about in their essays, and I found myself wondering how exactly I had managed to get admitted since I had never started my own company or NGO or launched a multimillion dollar product line.

I was curious before this weekend what it would look like to take 200 or so Type-A MBA aspirants from a variety of backgrounds and stick them together for a weekend. Well, what happened was that as soon as the admitted students started meeting each other Thursday night at the welcome receptions, people started becoming friends - and it continued throughout the weekend. I really hope that everyone I met decides to come to Kellogg (most had already decided that they will be back in the fall, but a few were still considering other offers). Based on this weekend, I know that Kellogg is the right fit for me and will be sending in my deposit and breaking up with Duke this week. I can't wait for KWEST trips and the start of school in August. Somehow I need to find a way to concentrate on work for a few more months, because my mind has already moved to Evanston.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Another item off the to-do list

Guess what? It's snowing again. I'll be so glad to escape this climate in a few months and move to, er...Chicago. Nevermind. I guess I better get used to this weather.

I got to cross another item off my Kellogg to-do list. Over the weekend I finished my taxes, filed my FAFSA and completed the online Kellogg financial aid application. Yesterday I mailed Kellogg the other financial aid paperwork they requested (tax forms, resume and a 2 page application that looked suspiciously like the form I filled out at my interview). So now I just sit back and wait to see what Kellogg is offering. According to their website, I should hear back in early March. With financial aid out of the way, I've started doing some early looking at housing. Some of the places I've found look pretty nice and are reasonably priced, and I'm hoping that I can leave DAK with a good short list of buildings I'm interested in.

I met a few more admitted students who were all really great, and I'm really looking forward to getting to meet more of my future classmates this weekend at DAK. I also got a call from a current student in the Healthcare and Biotech Club, and we had a really good discussion about healthcare at Kellogg. With all this Kellogg excitement, it's getting harder and harder to focus on work. I can't wait to get these next few months behind me and move on to being a Kellogg student.