Kellogg Poet Crunches The Numbers On His MBA Experience by: Jeff Schmitt on August 14, 2020 | 2,108 Views August 14, 2020 Copy Link Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Reddit Yearnings and eternal truths. That’s what poetry expresses. It is a meditation that connects, a labor that brings clarity. Let’s face it: who doesn’t enjoy stretching and siphoning language? Poetry comes in many forms. William Shakespeare perfected the sonnet, replete with pre-ordained pentameter beats and rhyme schemes. In contrast, Walt Whitman’s free verse replaced rules with raw energy. Now, a Kellogg School may have created a new poetic form altogether. Guilherme Blanski Küster calls it a “quant poem.” A week ago, the 2020 Kellogg MBA grad let the numbers fly on a LinkedIn post. Forget pomp-and-circumstance. Rather than riffing on good times and grand possibilities, Blanski Küster simply broke the past two years down by the numbers. He turned lyrics into ledgers and diction into data – as only an MBA could. In the process, he laid out exactly what MBA candidates can expect in “My Kellogg MBA by the numbers: a quant poem.” Guilherme Blanski Küster (’20), Northwestern Kellogg Here is one stanza… 67 kg of swag from 51 companies 61 job applications 37 hours in interviews 12 amazing internship weeks at Microsoft 71 hours helping peers as Career Coach Now, that’s serious data-crunching! Then again, Blanski Küster was the president of the Kellogg Corporate Finance Club – not to mention the recipient of the Kellogg Dean’s Distinguished Service Award and a 2020 Poets&Quants Best & Brightest MBA. As a student, he also became the father to two sons (with his poem conspicuously leaving out a calculation of diapers changed and sleep hours lost). Indeed, his poem has resonated with Kellogg peers…and beyond. On August 14th, it had already generated 103 comments, along with 972 thumbs-ups, hearts, and ovations on LinkedIn. Chalk it up to original concept meets rigorous research that’s reinforced by genius execution. In other words, the secret behind a good poem is grounded in the same lessons absorbed in the Kellogg MBA. Here is Blanski Küster’s MBA masterpiece… My Kellogg MBA by the numbers: a quant poem Prep/Admission 617 hours on GMAT/TOEFL/Essays/Applications 720 GMAT score 111 TOEFL score 9 MBA admissions interviews 50 % tuition scholarship at Kellogg (#3 US News Ranking) Academics 660 classroom hours 120 virtual class hours (COVID) 1014 off-class study hours 177 cases 27 exams 2 graduation ceremonies (1 online + 1 next year) Recruiting 67 kg of swag from 51 companies 61 job applications 37 hours in interviews 12 amazing internship weeks at Microsoft 71 hours helping peers as Career Coach Social 478 2Y FT MBA classmates, including 71 fellow meese (best section!) 851 attendance to 22 events hosted by my Corporate Finance Club 243 hours spent on 157 campus events 56 TGs (Friday happy hours of Kellogg) 23 goals scored in 5 soccer tourneys 36 small group dinners 25 Brazilian BBQ parties Personal 92 hours in road trips 2 awards: P&Q 2020 Best & Brightest MBAs and Dean’s Service Awards 2 baby boys (Klaus, born on 1st MBA quarter, and Eric on last) 1 incredibly supportive JV, my dear wife Vivi 2 life-changing years 0 regrets PS: 43% of these numbers are accurate #kellogg #mba #mbalife #bschool #classof2020 #mykellogg DON’T MISS: 100 BEST & BRIGHTEST MBAS: CLASS OF 2020 KELLOGG DEAN ON WILD FIRST YEAR: ‘IT WAS DEFINITELY A BAPTISM OF FIRE’ Comments or questions about this article? Email us.