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Hello everyone, I would like to get everyone's 2 cents on this topic. I have applied to Kellogg's Weekend MBA program and have my interview this weekend.
I live in Detroit (28 yrs and married). I would like to know other students/professionals experience traveling from Detroit to Chicago (Be it for booth or Kellogg) every Saturday for classes.
Is it something manageable or it will burn you out within 2 semesters?
Also which is your preferred method of traveling - Drive, train or flight?

I am trying to connect with current and old students from Detroit who travel to Chicago for their weekend or Executive MBA.

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I am afraid the group of people you are targeting is so small that it may be pretty hard to reach them, esp since they are so swamped but maybe....
My guess is that the choice will depend on your location in part and you don't want to be flying in/out of O'Hare since Southwest or Delta out of Midway is easier, cheaper, and more reliable or if you have a 4-wheel drive option on your car. However, flights really suck on Sat night. There is only 1 flight from Chicago to DTW after 7 PM on Sat. Seems it is barren so you will likely have to stay Sat night or Drive/train if you want to come back Sat night. Last Wolverine train is out at 6pm from Chicago and gets in at midnight. It is cheaper than driving but you can't go out to drinks with classmates unless you stay overnight and you probably don't want to really drive if you do go out. Tough logistics.

P.S. It will somewhat detract from the experience of the MBA for you being in Detroit since you won't be able to network, participate in team meetings or other opportunities as easily. Traveling every Friday and Saturday will get old after a year, so make sure you have the resolve to see this through. How long do you expect to have to attend? The website says you can graduate in as little as a year, but I kind of highly doubt that claim. The traditional schedule is around 3 years for PT/Weekend program.
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I understand and hence i want to get some first hand experience form people who are actually going through it now.
I have a 4 wheel drive but just not sure will i be able to drive 5 hrs one way every weekend alone. Flights are a good option but they are not cheap if you are looking for direct flight within certain time zone of the day.

About networking, that is a very fair point. But if there are 2-3 more students from Detroit then we can manage something. We can stay late of drive next morning or something like that.

Course will be 2 years (cohort based). I would like to finish it within 1.5 years and will be talking to the admission committee about it on the weekend to see if its possible or not.

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mechky wrote:
I understand and hence i want to get some first hand experience form people who are actually going through it now.
I have a 4 wheel drive but just not sure will i be able to drive 5 hrs one way every weekend alone. Flights are a good option but they are not cheap if you are looking for direct flight within certain time zone of the day.

About networking, that is a very fair point. But if there are 2-3 more students from Detroit then we can manage something. We can stay late of drive next morning or something like that.

Course will be 2 years (cohort based). I would like to finish it within 1.5 years and will be talking to the admission committee about it on the weekend to see if its possible or not.


Did you end up deciding on this? I am in a similar position... got into Kellogg and Ross. Trying to decide between the two now.

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