Just this past August, I began my business school journey here in Northwestern’s JD-MBA program. It’s great to be back in school again after spending four years working in start-up field and the consulting industry, and having spent this past summer at the Attorney General’s Office. Just three months into school, I’m already soaking up everything the program has to offer, from meeting the diverse and interesting students at both schools, to studying a variety of exciting topics here at the law school this year, to taking an active role in various student organizations, which is a staple at Kellogg. In this post, I’ll talk a little about how I came to choose Kellogg.
Having spent most of my time in business after graduating, I figured I’d eventually end up going to business school because of my relevant experience. I developed a online marketing strategy for an internet start-up in Palo Alto, I supported a Managing Director at a start-up investment bank in San Francisco, I advised early-stage technology companies on business and human resource issues as part of a six person consulting firm in Silicon Valley, and I managed some pretty large scale projects at a 10,000-person global consulting firm on the east coast for the last few years. But one day, I woke up and realized that although my overall experience had been pretty interesting, I wanted to put myself in an environment where I could be exposed to broader issues rather than specializing in my career. So I decided it was time to apply to graduate school.
Kellogg immediately stood out to me, because it had a reputation for producing generalists not specialists. At Kellogg, I could brush up on my hard skills across all disciplines, while also rounding out my soft skills, and I could do it at the school that values soft skills as much as any institution. I’m also attracted to the teamwork and leadership philosophy here at Northwestern. Working in teams and managing others is something I’ve always enjoyed and something I’ve done a lot of in my career. With post-graduation interests in ether law or consulting and longer-term interests in public service, I think these skills are critical to continue developing.
The JD-MBA program is also a central part of why I chose Northwestern. Having interacted with a number of CEOs, General Counsels, and entrepreneurs so far in my professional career, I found that some of the best business people and lawyers I met were well-versed in both business and law, and this was always quite evident when we talked about important business issues like mergers, bankruptcies and compensation deals. And last but not least, having spent almost all of my time after graduation in business, I think the dual program allows me to mix up my classes a little and to challenge myself at another level intellectually. And a challenge it’s definitely has been. With final exams less than a week away, I’ve spent more time in the library than I have doing anything else the past couple of weeks.
But despite the chaos of finals and the challenge of law school, my choice of the JD-MBA here at Kellogg has turned out to be a good one so far. The students at both schools are really sharp, my JD-MBA classmates are both accomplished and interesting, and less than a semester into law school, I can see that the dual program has already started to open up some pretty interesting opportunities for me. I look forward to seeing how things play out for the rest of the year and look forward to sharing my experiences along the way. Stay tuned!