Em Kuo ’22
What has surprised you most during your time at Kellogg?
Opportunities and growth come from the most unexpected of places. From pushing myself to audition for Special K (the annual student-produced musical), dancing bhangra for Bollywood Bash, and going ice-climbing with the Wilderness Club, my time at Kellogg has been an expansive experiment in trying new things and hearing new perspectives. I didn’t expect quite so much learning to come outside the classroom!
If you could describe your Kellogg experience in three words, what would they be and why?
Sandbox: I received the sage words to treat Kellogg like a safe sandbox, as a space to test out different leadership styles or personal patterns. It helped re-frame the way I viewed step-up opportunities to lean into uncomfortable growth zones in a relatively lower-stakes environment.
Grounding and friendship: It has been transformative to be able to take these two years and get clear about who I am, how I need to show up as my best, and the friendships and relationships that fill up my soul.
Share something you’ve learned that you see being valuable throughout your career.
I’ve learned the power of boundaries and saying no – kindly, transparently and directly. Saying no so that you can say yes to the things that matter most to you is something that is vital to reduce burnout and show up as your best self as much as possible.