I thought that I was doing a good job of controlling my extracurricular activities, but I am definitely over-committed this week. My team advanced to the local final round of the AT Kearney case competition, so we have to give a presentation at their Chicago office this Friday. In addition, I am in the middle of the first round of the MBA Odyssey competition, competing against 11 other Kellogg teams in a (seriously fun) simulation to see who will represent our school in New York. My NBI team is nearing the end of our project, and we’ll have to make a presentation for it as well. On top of all of that, I have classes, HW, and a group paper to write for Business Strategy.

But none of that is really the point of this post. Instead, I was thinking of how great it is to get free recruiting schwag at school!

Going to Kellogg is wild, because since the beginning of October, there has been a steady stream of companies big and small coming through here for recruiting. The companies normally set up question-and-answer sessions in the Atrium to help students learn more about opportunities, give informational and recruiting presentations, hold coffee chats, and do whatever they can do to get out in front of students, build interest, and funnel some of us in their direction. It is easy to forget that all of these top companies are working just as hard to dazzle us as we are working to dazzle them.

If you don’t have an idea of what you are interested in before hand, then it can definitely be exhausting to try and attend all of the events. Not only that, but you’ll quickly have to make some tough decisions, because a lot of the events occur at the same time. If possible, I would definitely recommend spending the first couple of weeks looking over all of the materials offered by the career management center to try and determine what you might want to recruit for.

As part of the process, you can pick up a pretty good amount of free schwag as seen above. I don’t know what kind of impact any of it ultimately has on company interest, but it’s free, so I’m not complaining. This year the most popular items have been the BCG Umbrella, which we got in the middle of a particularly rainy couple of weeks, and a Bain & Company water bottle, which you see most students sporting in class.

I wonder what the experience is like at other schools and what kind of schwag they are getting.