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Joined: Apr 22, 2015
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This review is for Kellogg
Program Full Time MBA
Class of 2018
When I applied to business schools, I knew I was looking for a few key things (not necessarily in order):
-- Success with placing students into good consulting careers
-- Supportive/friendly environment
-- Strong brand recognition
-- International opportunities
Kellogg has met my expectations on these criteria and exceeded it in others. Several of the above are things that you can pick up from reading the internet, but to experience it is an entirely different thing.
Sure, Kellogg has great stats when it comes to placing folks into good consulting jobs. However, I didn't realize HOW this happened before coming. The school does a great job of offering equal opportunities for success (particularly through the "bid" system, whereby you can bid "points" to get an interview with a company even if they didn't choose you). Further, the student body is incredibly supportive -- numerous people have gone out of their way to help me prepare for my interviews. Thanks to this system and environment, I was able to get a job with one of my most desired consulting firms!
The international opportunities have been numerous and incredible. At a certain point there happens to be TOO MANY (if you can believe it) opportunities to travel -- you have to be selective about how you spend your time/money!
But beyond these things, its simply a wonderful community. I've learned a ton from my classes and peers. I've met an incredible number of friendly people who are extraordinarily accomplished already. We had a terrible building (the Jake), but now we're in a wonderful new building (the Global Hub) which is a great environment for working and collaborating.
For future applicants, I would advise you to visit campus and get to understand what the school is alike. Reach out to current students who share your interests and get an idea of what they're getting (or not getting) out of their Kellogg experience. Make sure you understand the unique value proposition of a Kellogg MBA.
Overall BSchool experience (5.0)
Schools contribution (4.0)
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Joined: Apr 22, 2015
About 15 months ago, I was a regular high school teacher who hardly knew what an MBA was -- it was certainly never a part of my long-term plans. I had seen those three letters strung together, but I had no familiarity with the extent to which admissions was highly competitive, the opportunities this degree offered to radically transform my career, and the amount of labor that the application process would require.
After a couple of months of initial research, I knew that the MBA would be a good option for me, so I was considering whether to hire an admissions consulting service. I was at first skeptical of the value proposition and the extent to which they could ultimately improve my chances of gaining admission to my target schools. However, after an initial consultation with MBA Mission, I became certain that I wanted their help in order to maximize my chances of being admitted. Helen's background and experience speaks for itself, and the support she would give me over the following months was indispensable.
First and foremost, Helen is enthusiastic and authentic in her desire to help. During our initial brainstorming session she was warm and affable, and she really pushed me to think deeply and express myself clearly about the most subtle nuances of my personal history and experience. This primed me for success during the application process, and she would repeat these behaviors as we prepared to tackle each successive application (we worked on 4 total together).
However, do not take her kindness for weakness. Helen was a warm and enthusiastic supporter, but she never showed satisfaction when I did not deserve it. While there were some initial essay drafts for which she showed enthusiasm, there were quite a few where she frankly told me that my concept was off or my writing was inadequate. Further, she was a stickler for details -- I recall one essay for which she pushed me to write nine total drafts, several times demonstrating dissatisfaction over word choice in one mere phrase or sentence.
The process was labor intensive -- just as it should be. In applying to top MBA programs, I wanted to present myself as clearly and positively as possible so that the admissions officers could see the benefits of adding me to their program. I decided to hire an admissions consultant because I wanted the best possible chance of accomplishing that task. If there is someone better than Helen for the job, I'd be truly surprised. I thought that her advice and support throughout the process was top-notch and worth every penny.
As a result of her support, I gained admission to three top-10 programs (one being an M7), all of which offered generous scholarships. I am incredibly grateful for the support I received, and I would strongly encourage anyone who reads this review to consider her.