Night Owl's Revenge

A First: Organs Tailor-Made With Body’s Own Cells

Exciting news from the world of science and biotech: Tissue engineers have succeeded in making artificial organs that use a patient’s cells to become a living part of the body. Some hope to eventually prod the body to regenerate organs itself.

Sunday morning music listening party -Living for the City by Stevie Wonder

Pandora just reminded me how amazing Stevie Wonder is. This song was written LONG before I was born but the lyrics tell a story that is still relevant in 2012! A true classic. 

To new beginnings…

The Kellogg class of 2012 graduated on Friday, June 15, 2012. It was bittersweet to see them dressed in their purple robes and walking around Jacobs with their families. When I arrived on campus late last summer they were the self-assured cool kids who had seen and done it all and were back to guide us hapless first years. As the months went by they became my tutors, group members for classes and mentors. It was a pleasure to get to know them and I wish them the best of luck as they re-enter the real world. 

Graduation marked the end of the academic year and I can’t believe how fast it flew by considering the amount of time and effort that went into the GMAT and application process.

I took the following classes in the spring:

Operations with Prof. Lariviere (my last core course!)

Market Research with Prof. Goldsmith (my favorite class this term)

Tech Marketing with Prof. Sawhney (lots of work. I think this is meant as a capstone class for 2nd years…)

Social Networks and Dynamics with Prof. Lamberson (heavy on theory but I’m glad I took this class)

Media Management (5 week speaker series)

First year students at Kellogg receive 2000 points at the end of fall term to be used for winter and spring courses. GIM South Africa cost me 700 points, so I didn’t have that many left in my account to bid on popular classes like Market Strategy with Prof Hennessy, which went for something like 800 points! I must have really pissed someone off in the Registrar’s office because I was only able to secure a seat in the 8:30AM sections of my desired classes. Definitely NOT a good schedule for a night owl like me and let’s just say that mornings were interesting. I think that I can consider my 8:25AM sprint down Sheridan Road towards Jacobs as training for the next summer Olympics in Rio!

As you can probably guess, there’s quite a bit of strategy and researching that goes on among students when it comes to choosing classes. Teacher Course Evaluations (TCEs) and, more importantly, candid advice from second years were a big help when I was trying to map out the upcoming school year. My WBA mentor actually had a list of recommended professors/courses that had been handed down from her mentor the year before, lol! I’ve decided to take some of her recommended classes and a few others that just sound interesting.

My classes for fall term:

Financial Reporting & Analysis - I’ll finally be able to read a financial statement without having my eyes roll into the back of my head!

Health Policy - I’m hoping that the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act and current campaign debate re: medicare will make this an interesting class.

Corporate Innovation & New Ventures

Marketing-Led Innovation

Second year students receive 3000 points for the year to bid on their courses. I got lucky for the upcoming fall term and only spent 48 points to get into all of my desired classes. I’ve decided not to do winter term abroad because there’s just too much that I want to do here at Kellogg. I wish I had more time and could experience living in a foreign country as I don’t think vacation travel provides the same cultural experience. Oh well. Another winter on Lake Michigan doesn’t sound so bad right? I may re-evaluate this decision in January when some of my classmates are posting pictures from the beaches of Costa Rica or Thailand.

Staying in Evanston over the winter will also allow me to take a few popular courses for (relatively) less points than they go for in the fall or spring, like Prof. Kraemer’s class in leadership. I’m really disappointed that I won’t be able to take Prof. Rogers’ class in entrepreneurial finance, which regularly went for over 1200 points.  But I guess this means that I can go crazy bidding on spring term courses when Biomedical Marketing (Calkins), Marketing Strategy (Hennesy), and Ad Strat (Rucker) are offered.

There’s still about a month of summer vacation left before classes start. I’m getting restless and I want September to hurry up and get here so I can catch up with my friends!

Real life burst through my business school bubble!

A lot has happened in the past few months that has kept me from blogging. I unfortunately had a close family member hospitalized in June (everything is fine now) and then work started. It’s been a summer filled with market research and competitive analysis! I had the opportunity to work with a friend, who is currently at HBS, developing a marketing strategy for his education startup. It’s been a fun and rewarding experience to create something from scratch that will hopefully help kids reach their goals. In the next few posts I’ll try to go over some of the highlights of spring term before September rolls around and I’m officially a second year student.

P.S. - Welcome class of 2014! Have fun on KWEST!

Ladies and Gentlemen…The 2012 Kellogg LipDub is here! We had a lot of fun filming.


Welcome DAK II Attendees: Prepare to Get RiDAKulous!

It’s Day at Kellogg (DAK) part II this weekend! Admitted students from round two will get the chance to experience life at the school and meet potential classmates. I was away for DAK I so this will be my first time meeting members of the class of 2014. While you’re here be sure to stop by the TG today and attend the KWEST fair. My biggest Kellogg regret is that I wasn’t able to do KWEST.

If you’re on Twitter you can follow DAK (@DAK_2012) for all the latest news. The Kellogg 2012 LipDub will premiere at the after-party at The Keg (recently re-opened over spring break lol). Until then enjoy the 2011 version!

Best of Blogging Award!

Exciting news! I’ve been nominated for Clear Admit’s Best of Blogging award for the 2011-2012 season! You can cast your vote by clicking here or the image above. 

A big thank you to everyone who reads this blog. When I started writing last summer I didn’t know where I was going to end up and thought I’d be re-applying for a seat in the class of 2014. What a difference a year makes!

South Africa Slideshow

The flickr feed in my last post isn’t working for Firefox users and I’m not sure why. Clicking the link above will take you to the slideshow.

South Africa was Amazing

I’m back! Unfortunately I caught a nasty cold on the flight home and have been sick for the past 2.5 weeks. The trip was absolutely amazing and I wish we could have stayed in Cape Town a little longer. We just gave our final presentations and our final papers are due in a couple of days - in essence, the fun part of GIM is over! lol.

While I was abroad I discovered a secret that a lot of my more well-traveled classmates already knew: Africa gets into your soul. I want to go back!

My favorite parts of the trip included:

  • Visiting FirstRand Limited (banking/financial services) and meeting with the CEO
  • Meeting Kellogg alums in JoBurg
  • Apartheid Museum
  • Visiting the AngloGold Ashanti gold mine - we got to go into the mines and visit with the miners. Much respect to the people who work in the mines everyday!
  • River cruise and safari in Botswana
  • Ziplining and gorge swinging in Zimbabwe
  • Cape Town!
  • Robben Island
  • Meeting Brand Managers at Johnson & Johnson South Africa
  • Meeting with a consumer insights agency to learn more about the South African consumer
  • Food! Especially discovering Nando’s. The closest thing I’ve had to Nando’s is El Pollo Loco in SoCal, but Nando’s is MUCH better.  

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