International Students and the US MBA

There are a number of tasks one has to deal with before enrolling in business school, especially as an international student. I’ll lay out my list here – it’s specific to a UK student and Kellogg, but it should help a few of you out there nonetheless. Some of the links will require you to have a Kellogg ID – I wish they didn’t, as it’s not the kind of information that should be secured. Click on for the blow by blow list.

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DAK Video

My fellow Kellogg blogger, MBA Dutchie, posted up a DAK II summary that he spent a hell of a lot more time writing than I did. Wonderfully, he linked to a video summary of the weekend that the current students did (above).

The video:

  • Was shown to us at the end of the weekend
  • Was put together by someone with a good camera, iMovie and a lot of time on their hands
  • Is maybe a little narcissistic
    • But what the hell
  • Has a Journey song in
    • Journey rules

MBAs in and out of the US

Take a look at the video which I was shown by my pal Steve (who’s also on the way to Kellogg). This was a mainstream ad, featuring an inside joke about MBAs – which would sail right over the head of most people in the UK. More than anything, that illustrates how little brand value the MBA has in the UK (and possibly Europe) compared to the US.

BCG Reception

BCG Logo

A lot of Kellogg MBA students told me that there were a lot of recruiting events. They weren’t kidding – I’ve been invited to a BCG reception in London already. (I haven’t even freaking enrolled yet).

DAK II singing

This is fairly typical of how Kellogg DAK II was. At a little fair for all of the college clubs this group of guys pops out of nowhere and starts singing to us. WTF?

DAK II at Kellogg


I’ve recently come back from the DAK II event for admitted students to Kellogg. It was just freaking awesome. I think I realise now why I got into some schools and not others – the canny buggers in Adcom just knew where I’d feel comfortable.

I intially applied to Kellogg because I had a lovely chat with someone from admissions at a Forte event in London (yes, the one that’s supposed to be for women.)

  • Over the course of the weekend, I met a whole bunch of people who were
    • Interesting
    • Friendly
    • Clever
  • I drank
  • I socialised
  • I discussed theology
  • I talked about work
  • I learned about analysis
  • I learned about strategy
  • I convinced someone to come to Kellogg
  • I lost my jacket