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), during which they engage in volunteerism and tourist activities alongside the veritable strangers that will soon become their friends. KWEST voyages occur throughout the United States and internationally; in 2014, trips and activities were organized to more than 30 locations around the world, including cycling in the Netherlands, beer tasting in Germany, zip-lining and surfing in Nicaragua, and meeting with a U.S. Ambassador in Denmark/Austria. In 2013, trips were organized to such locations as Argentina, the Canary Islands, Iceland, Romania, and Turkey. Some students even participate in amystery trip: they do not learn their destination until theycheck 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, ideally, even bonded.
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