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Complete Immersion in Management (CIM) is a weeklong orientation program that introduces incoming students to the rigors and culture of Kellogg. A cornerstone of the Kellogg experience, CIM offers challenges and events that test new students’ skill sets while introducing them to their new community. CIM is organized by the CIM Exec team, which is composed of second-year students, plus 40 of their peers who serve as section leaders or volunteers.

Dear Class of 2018,

Welcome to CIM!

Over the past several weeks, you’ve moved to Evanston from across the United States and the world, traveled internationally on Kellogg Worldwide Experiences & Service Trips (KWEST) and started building relationships that will carry you through your time at Kellogg. You’ve already invested so much into your MBA journey, and now here you are – the first day of your orientation week.

Over the past year, our student CIM Exec team has reflected on what we wish we’d known when we first arrived at B-School and how to introduce you to this life-changing adventure.

We set our sights on four goals. During CIM 2016, we aspire to:

  1. Introduce you to the rigors of Kellogg academics
  2. Show you what it means to live the collaborative Kellogg culture
  3. Develop your leadership and negotiation skills
  4. Connect you with inspiring members of the alumni community

This morning, CIM will kick off with Kellogg’s “One of You” speech, a tradition that celebrates the unique and diverse accomplishments of your peers. (View the impressive Class of 2018 profile here.) Afterwards, you’ll interact with your new classmates and experience Kellogg’s values of collaboration and inclusion through team-based leadership simulations.

During CIM week, you will have the opportunity to dive into Kellogg academics and attend sample classes taught by world-renowned faculty. We’re especially excited for you to attend Professor David Schonthel’s lecture on the power of design thinking, and how you can leverage it to build your business school experience.

And because the alumni network is a core component of the Kellogg student experience, you will also have the opportunity to connect with alumni through intimate fireside chats. Additionally, you will hear from keynote speaker and inspiring Kellogg alum Jai Shekhawat ’96, who founded Chicago’s first unicorn tech company.

These are just a few of the programming activities that we hope will make CIM 2016 a unique and unforgettable jumpstart to your Kellogg journey.

As you walk through the doors of Jacobs and officially begin CIM this morning, we offer you the following advice: Make an effort to meet the talented people around you. Step outside of your comfort zone. Engage in introspection to build the foundation for your time at Kellogg. Ask questions. Say yes. And enjoy every minute. This is just the beginning.

See you soon,

Your 2016 CIM Exec team                                                                                                                        Ana, Apoorva, Jackie, Khushboo, Marie and Mimi

Take a look back at CIM 2015

Jackie Laine is a second-year student in Kellogg’s Full-Time Two-Year Program and president of 2016 CIM Exec. On campus, she serves on the boards of the Media and Entertainment Club and Kellogg Bridging Cultures Club. She also leads The Good Life Sessions, a values-based workshop for students. Jackie received her B.A. in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University, worked in television production prior to Kellogg and interned for BCG this summer.