First-Year MBA, Consumer Marketing Academy
A year ago this weekend, I decided to come to Kelley. It’s one of the best decisions I ever made, and it’s thanks to all of the people I’ve met along the way – faculty, staff, alumni, my fellow students – all of the people who make up our little family here in Bloomington and around the world.
It may feel small and personal, but in actuality, Kelley has one of the largest, if not the largest, alumni networks in the world. And our family grew this weekend as we welcomed newly admitted students to Kelley Experience Weekend.
It was a whirlwind couple of days filled with informational sessions, student panels, a global experience fair, social events at Nick’s and Kilroy’s, and more. I met a research librarian who wants to be a brand manager, a minor league baseball player pursuing private equity, a local entrepreneur interested in corporate finance and so many others with unique backgrounds and dreams.
The highlight for me was the closing speech by Daniel Dorr, an ‘09 Kelley MBA who has worked at HP and P&G and wrote a book about his dream to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. He likened that life-changing journey – and the self-discoveries, challenges and personal fulfillment he found along the way – to his experience here at Kelley. It was a moving speech, one that received a standing ovation and reminded me of just how far we’ve come over the last year.
I can’t wait for the incoming class to join us on this journey in August. Who knows, one of the students listening to Daniel Dorr could be the keynote speaker in that very same room one day. Welcome to the family!