By Rob Melick, MBA’20
The full-time MBA program at the Kelley School of Business offers a unique learning experience called “The Core.” This 14-week intensive program is designed to give you an introduction to all the fundamental business concepts you’ll need to successfully navigate business school, your internship, and whatever career you choose after you leave Kelley. The Core is equal parts exciting, stressful, exhausting, and invigorating. Each incoming class is divided into three color-coordinated cohorts of around 60 students each and within that group of 60, you are placed on a smaller team of 4 or 5 people. You take all your classes with your cohort and do all your group projects with your smaller team.
As my time in “The Core” ends I am struck not only by the number of valuable business skills my classmates and I have picked up, but even more so by how close we have all become. The Core has certainly given us a great business toolkit to carry with us as we head into our second year at Kelley and into our future careers, but I’ll argue that the most valuable item this part of the program provides is the relationships.