Beyond the MBA Classroom: Kellogg Students KWEST

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Each year, incoming Kellogg School of Management students gather for the four-day Kellogg Worldwide Experiences and Service Trips (KWEST) experience, during which they engage in volunteerism and tourist activities alongside the veritable strangers that will soon become their friends. KWEST experiences occur throughout the United States and internationally; the 2010 trips were to such locations as the Cayman Islands, Greece, Egypt, South Africa and Turkey. In 2011, the KWEST locations included Ecuador, Italy, Spain, Greece and France, and in 2012, students on KWEST adventures traveled to 19 different countries, such as Canada, Belize, Nicaragua, Croatia, Costa Rica, Portugal and Thailand. Some students even participate in a mystery trip: they do not learn their destination until they check in at the airport! During KWEST, students are not expected to discuss their work experience or academic/professional plans. Instead, students get to know each other on a more personal and intellectual level, returning to campus well acquainted and even bonded.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Kellogg and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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