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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 09:56
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I have a couple questions about Kellogg. I am a prospective student planning to apply for fall 2009.

1. I am planning a trip up there in May. Has anyone stayed at the Margarita Inn in Evanston? Any comments?

2. Are any of the admits planning to go into finance/IB? Obviously that isn't their perceived strength, yet 20-25% of the graduates end up in that field. They seem to land jobs at some of the top companies/banks. I think the trip will help clear up this issue for me, but I just wanted to get an opinion here first.

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Dont know about the hotel, there are a lot of decent options in the area depending on your budget. A great source of reviews is tripadvisor.com

I am not going into IB but from a discussion I was part of at DAK recruiting in that field is very strong and there isnt as much competition since there far fewer folks are going into it. A second year who was a career switcher interned and was going to GS fulltime. He said that a lot of folks are career switchers since bankers typically choose schools like Wharton, GSB, and Columbia. However, he did say people with prior experience do have an advantage like at all schools but there are far fewer. He pretty much said if you want an IB job and put the effort in you will score a good job. ***not sure how it will be for the next year or two but that is true at every school***
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 10:07
As for the financial aid, guys honestly I would definitely not let that play any roll in your decision. I emailed a couple students I talked to and asked them about it. They said yes there are a couple people who arent the nicest folks in the office but the rest are great and you learn who to talk to if you have questions. I guess right now they are super busy since all the R1 and R2 admits and current first years are all submitting their forms, so the stress may be getting to a few of them. I was also told that you really have very limited interactions.

I guess they have some students on the planning committee for the building. That would be an interesting gig. I am curious whose name is gonna be on the side of this building and how much its going to set that person back.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 15:51
Hi Maverick,
I stayed at the Margarita Inn when I interviewed last October and I will be staying there again for DAKII in a few weeks. It is a very quaint, character hotel which I usually prefer over the big chains. The staff were extremely nice and helpful and they have a continental breakfast in their huge common room area in the morning. I stayed in a room with a shared bath but didn't see anyone on my floor the 2 days I stayed there. I think it was about a 10-15min walk to Kellogg and a very short walk from the El but I enjoyed the walk to see a bit of Evanston. At $79/night I would recommend it. There is also a nice restaurant downstairs but I didn't try it out.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 18:59
This just catapaulted Kellogg to near the top of my list for Fall '09 applications:

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/new ... anning.htm
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 19:03
nice!

KWEST is quite awesome... 38 destinations (funny how the "Michigan Drive" cost only a bit less than going to Trinidad & Tobago). And what's up with the almost THREE week CIM/MORS? Yikes! Most orientations are 1-2 weeks max...
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2008, 19:58
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nice!

KWEST is quite awesome... 38 destinations (funny how the "Michigan Drive" cost only a bit less than going to Trinidad & Tobago). And what's up with the almost THREE week CIM/MORS? Yikes! Most orientations are 1-2 weeks max...


The Michigan trip is aimed at families, I didnt even look at that one but I met one of the organizers at DAK, the cost covers an entire family not one person like all the other trips. Its going to be like 4k for couples to go on KWEST. Also in August is the complete offseason in the Caribbean so they probably get some good deals on trips down there, so that could explain why some of those are cheaper.

I talked with students about the long orientation and they said its actually great because you get to know your group extremely well. Pretty much everyone said that the first several weeks of school were amazing.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2008, 02:21
ahh, makes sense then (Michigan trip). I just love the "Aruba, Bahamas, Galapagos Island, Thailand, and... MICHIGAN?" :shock:

CIM sounds like fun, but I think 3 weeks is a bit overkill.
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River, thanks for the feedback. That is a interesting point about Kellogg's IB recruiting not being quite as competitive since it isn't known for finance. That probably holds true for other non-finance schools that I am considering (Duke, Cornell, Darden, Ross) as well.

TJ, thanks for selling me on the Margarita Inn. I didn't realize the "European Style Restrooms" meant "shared" :lol:. I'll probably choose that option though since I am not too picky about things like that and am trying to save money.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 08:09
It's been quiet in here lately..

Any of you guys going to KWEST?
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 09:32
drooling about the KWEST trips, but not signing up until I make my final decision... :(
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 12:31
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drooling about the KWEST trips, but not signing up until I make my final decision... :(


Simple solution to the Kry! :)

Bee - I'm definitely going on KWEST!! (Even though I'm traveling for 3.5 months beforehand!)
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 12:37
I have fallen off the face of the earth for the last few weeks. I have been in the middle of finishing the last details on my house so we can list it (should be on the market by the weekend).

The wife and I are definitely doing KWEST, we are still debating top choices so its good we cant sign up yet. We did sign our lease for Evanston though, so thats all taken care of.

Kry we all know you made your mind up so stop giving us false hope. I am curious if Nervous made her decision, I know she was leaving the country for a vacation and said she had to have her decision in for one scholarship by now. So her mind should be made up unless she paid multiple deposits.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 13:16
i am dreaming about KWEST as well. i havent made a decision between chicago and kellogg yet although i leaning heavily towards kellogg (mostly because they are much stronger in my field of interest). i must say though that i have had an AMAZING experience with the folks at chicago - students, administration, social life, academics, everything! this is why i still have not sent in my kellogg deposit yet :-)
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 13:30
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i am dreaming about KWEST as well. i havent made a decision between chicago and kellogg yet although i leaning heavily towards kellogg (mostly because they are much stronger in my field of interest). i must say though that i have had an AMAZING experience with the folks at chicago - students, administration, social life, academics, everything! this is why i still have not sent in my kellogg deposit yet :-)


Just wait until DAK, definitely will win you over. :-D
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 15:24
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i am dreaming about KWEST as well. i havent made a decision between chicago and kellogg yet although i leaning heavily towards kellogg (mostly because they are much stronger in my field of interest). i must say though that i have had an AMAZING experience with the folks at chicago - students, administration, social life, academics, everything! this is why i still have not sent in my kellogg deposit yet :-)


Just wait until DAK, definitely will win you over. :-D


that's what I'm worried about :shock:

Nah, not false hope, just not 100% sure yet until I do DAK. Spoke with a Kellogg MBA alum and current Haas staff about choices, and the person seems to also say Haas is a better fit for my career choices, even though like *everyone* has told me (including me telling myself), I can't go wrong with either school. :)
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 18:03
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i am dreaming about KWEST as well. i havent made a decision between chicago and kellogg yet although i leaning heavily towards kellogg (mostly because they are much stronger in my field of interest). i must say though that i have had an AMAZING experience with the folks at chicago - students, administration, social life, academics, everything! this is why i still have not sent in my kellogg deposit yet :-)


Just wait until DAK, definitely will win you over. :-D


that's what I'm worried about :shock:

Nah, not false hope, just not 100% sure yet until I do DAK. Spoke with a Kellogg MBA alum and current Haas staff about choices, and the person seems to also say Haas is a better fit for my career choices, even though like *everyone* has told me (including me telling myself), I can't go wrong with either school. :)


Of course they will tell you Haas, they work there so they are trying to win you over. Who are you trying to convince these days, you are just trying to justify your decision...its a well known fact that guys named after movies involving a dead guy being paraded around like he was alive are only successful if they go to Kellogg. I think I read that on wikipedia so it must be true. 8-)
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 18:21
LOL! :) The bad things that wikipedia can do to you. Stop browsing it river! :P

I read on wikipedia that students freeze to death walking to the Jacobs Center in the winter, so be careful now. :wink:
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 18:28
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LOL! :) The bad things that wikipedia can do to you. Stop browsing it river! :P

I read on wikipedia that students freeze to death walking to the Jacobs Center in the winter, so be careful now. :wink:


You forget that I am from a place colder on average than Chicago. I am not a sissy, I can handle the cold.

Like I said before, I would rather suffer in the cold than die in an earthquake, fire, flash flood, land slide or one of the other natural wonders of Cali.
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 18:35
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You forget that I am from a place colder on average than Chicago. I am not a sissy, I can handle the cold.

Like I said before, I would rather suffer in the cold than die in an earthquake, fire, flash flood, land slide or one of the other natural wonders of Cali.


Nope, didn't forget, just learned from talking to all the peeps from Boston and NYC area that Chicago is colder because of the wind, not just the avg temperature.

To each their own, earthquake happens and I'm dead, much easier than 4-6 months of cold. :P
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Re: Calling all Kellogg Fall'08 applicants [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2008, 18:44
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You forget that I am from a place colder on average than Chicago. I am not a sissy, I can handle the cold.

Like I said before, I would rather suffer in the cold than die in an earthquake, fire, flash flood, land slide or one of the other natural wonders of Cali.


Nope, didn't forget, just learned from talking to all the peeps from Boston and NYC area that Chicago is colder because of the wind, not just the avg temperature.

To each their own, earthquake happens and I'm dead, much easier than 4-6 months of cold. :P


I live north of Boston. My wife actually is originally from the one of the coldest towns in New England...its the one they say on the news every morning as the coldest spot. It is only really cold for 3 months or so, and enough layes and you wont be bothered. Come on Kry you know its worth the suffering haha.
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