Friday, March 28, 2008

A Long Overdue Update...

Well I have been pretty terrible about updating this lately but this whole b-school process never seems to stop. Since my last update I have, attend Day at Kellogg (DAK), completed my taxes way earlier than normal, completed the FAFSA, and submitted my financial aid forms, spent countless hours finding an apartment in Evanston, and sending in my deposit for school this fall.

So first of all DAK was an amazing time, if you are admitted to Kellogg you definitely should go. I met a lot of folks that I had interacted with during the application process who also will be attending Kellogg this fall. Its nice knowing that there will be half a dozen people I already will know in the area. That was one of the best things about Kellogg in my mind, instead of everyone living all over the city like other schools in big city settings, everyone is pretty much concentrated in a small section of downtown Evanston. This is probably part of the reason the school is so tight knit, its definitely nice being able to walk down the hall in your building to a classmates apartment/condo, instead of spending 30 minutes commuting to someone’s place for a group project.

The Mrs. Also enjoyed her time at DAK, I think she realized that not only is it the perfect school for me but also for her. She met a lot of significant others who are going through the same thing as her, and is now really excited about the idea of moving to Evanston. Kellogg has to be the most accepting place for significant others for schools, well tied with Tuck. My wife can go to any classes she wants (no credit), join all the clubs, go on any trips including course related trips, and of course their group for significant others seems to be extremely involved. I

Finding a place that allowed our dog proved to be a challenge. Some apartment buildings would allow dogs but only up to 25 or 40lbs, I don’t think we could put Roxy on a diet and get a 75lb shepherd mix to look like a 40lb dog without killing her. We thought seriously about buying, in some ways it makes the most sense but in the end the stress of selling our house and buying a condo was just too much. In the end it came down to us having to finding a condo owner who would rent their unit to us and allow the dog. Luckily we found someone who was fine with it, of course there is a deposit for her and $25 more a month but considering we spend a couple hundred a month on daycare for the dog so that wan not enough to make us even think twice…dogs are way more expensive than you would think.

We already know one of my fellow gmatclubbers and his soon to be wife will be living in the same building, and it seems like a lot of the units end up in the hands of other Kellogg students. My wife was glad to see one of the people she met at DAK is going to be just one floor up…plus she is a fellow Red Sox fan so bonus points there. We have yet to complete the signing on the unit, the landlord is a K alum and seems to be pretty busy at work these days but I am not too concerned at this point, now its just a matter of the paperwork since our credit and backgrounds have already been run.

On the work front, productivity has come to a screeching halt at times. I wish I had more assignments to do, I get them done and then stare at my screen and think of what else I need to get done. Its not that I am being lazy but it sure is tough to motivate myself to come up with new projects and improvements when I know I wont be around to see my ideas through and most likely they will die as soon as I am gone…sadly I see it as not worth the effort. The Mrs. still hasn’t informed her work that we are leaving, I think she is afraid they will either lay her off (I doubt that) but more realistically I think she is afraid they wont give her anything important to do and she will be bored out of her mind.

A final note, the USNews rankings came out yesterday (well leaked out). It was nice to see Kellogg move up a spot. It went from tied for 5th to tied for 4th. I am not a big fan of generic overall rankings in many ways but this past year I have heard time and time again that Kellogg was slipping in rankings and it was a weakening brand. I was always curious where this opinion came from, if it was an informed on or just internet conjecture by a bunch of people who really don’t have any insight beyond seeing that it dropped in rankings last time so of course it will again. So even just maintaining its spot would have been fine but moving up one completely dispels that notion. Personally I think that the rankings now pretty much accurately portray reality by making it a three way tie between MIT, Kellogg, and Chicago.


Soni said...

I don't understand where the notion that collaboration = easy comes from. Just because K is perhaps the most team-oriented school doesn't mean the work is easy. If the schools doesn't churn out top quality graduates, then big companies like McK and GS will stop recruiting there. I wasn't too impressed by the facilities but they should be improving soon. I'm going back to visit again so I can sit in on a class. I'll definitely be applying there next year, it's my top choice along with Chi GSB.

HappyBunny said...

Hey, I saw your post on gmatclub. :) I visited Kellogg this past Thursday. I'm in love with it. It's a fantastic school. :) so envy you.