I’m going to be in Boston in a few weeks for Boston University’s International Tech Strategy Business Case competition.

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I almost missed out on this, but fortunately, some classmates that I befriended through the Consulting Club and my KWEST trip asked me to fill in the last slot on their team.  So now I’ll be representing Kellogg among 15 amazing schools:

<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="data-table"><tbody><tr valign="top"><td>Boston University School of Management</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Eller College of Management – University of Arizona</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Fudan University School of Management, China </td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Haas School of Business - UC Berkeley </td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Hong Kong University of Science and Technology</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>IESE Business School – University of Navarra, Spain</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>IPADE Business School - Universidad Panamericana, Mexico </td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Kenan-Flagler Business School – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>London Business School, UK</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California </td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>McCombs School of Business – University of Texas, Austin</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Queen’s School of Business, Canada</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Seoul National University, Korea</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>Sloan School of Management – Massachusetts Institute of Technology</td> </tr><tr valign="top"> <td>The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania</td></tr></tbody></table>
I think it’s important to make sure that you build up a good network at school so that you can hear about events that might interest you.  As I mentioned above, I wouldn’t have even known about this competition if it weren’t for my friends thinking of me when it came time to form a team.  From what I understand, this happens often in grad school because there are always so many things going on throughout the quarter.  Even if you choose to focus heavily on school work, extracurriculars, or whatever, allowing the socializing to fall by the wayside, make sure that you find a way to connect with your classmates.  Whether that be through clubs, social networking, or just chatting with people in class, it’s well worth the cost of admission.
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