Brandan Matthews ’21
Providing legal expertise and business strategy
What has surprised you most during your time at Kellogg?
The friendships that I made at Kellogg are some of the best friendships that I have in my life. It wasn't until I got to Kellogg that I felt comfortable coming out to a lot of my friends and family, so that was extremely transformative. I also felt like the Black community at Kellogg was so supportive. It was a very integral part of my experience.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about pursuing a Kellogg JD-MBA?
Do it. There's no opportunity that you can't get from the JD-MBA Program that you could get spending an extra year somewhere else. If you're going to be a lawyer, you're spending the same amount of time in school, and having the extra degree really does distinguish you from your peers. If you're not planning to be a lawyer, then the JD-MBA can still be extremely useful. I've seen people go into private equity, venture capital, investment banking and politics. The opportunities really are endless. A lot of people who do JD-MBAs do so because they want to maintain their options, and this program really does hold every door open for you.
How has getting to know the other students as well as the faculty been motivating?
Kellogg's faculty is just so interactive in general. Even during the Zoom classes, during the hybrid learning, I was able to interact directly with professors very often. I was in the Golub Capital Board Fellows Program and the director of that program teaches a class on board governance since she has experience sitting on public and private boards. She talks you through how things go in practice and what the pitfalls are and how you can navigate them. That kind of one-on-one interaction really makes it easy to build real relationships with the faculty that will last a lifetime.