Random Walk CLE: Taking Fellow Classmates on a Tour of My Hometown

International travel is a popular passion for many Boothies and if I had a plan to visit any location in the world, I’m sure I could find a classmate who could give me a recommendation in the area. So, when I read in our class GroupMe that a small group of my classmates were interested in taking a weekend road trip to the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area over the 4th of July weekend, I was honestly shocked. “With all the travel opportunities available here, why on EARTH would anyone want to visit Cleveland or Akron?” I thought to myself.

However, like any other Clevelander, I’m passionate about where I’m from and could show them things they wouldn’t find on a travel site. I conveniently did not yet have plans for the weekend, so I immediately offered to be their tour guide.

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TBE #TBT: Booth Follies

This #TBT is a throwback to Booth Follies—a show organized, produced and performed by Booth students. Follies is everything you’d imagine—punny skits, hilarious short movies, and extraordinary performances. Boothies get the opportunity to step outside their case studies, their financial models, and their cover letters to showcase their artistic abilities.

As a dancer and choreographer in the show myself, I loved the new community of Boothies I was able to create through the practices, rehearsals, and show. The range of our experiences ran the gamut—from competitive dancers to people who were stepping on stage for the first time in their lives! The diversity and talent in the class was nothing short of incredible.

One of the 2016-2017 Follies leads and performers, Sheetal R. Bhaskarabhatla, shares her firsthand account of this long-running Booth tradition. Plus, extra kudos to Sheetal for being our first guest blogger during the new TBE “regime”!

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What I learned about Booth in my Summer Internship

Packing for my internship in California, I faced mixed emotions. On the one hand, I secured my dream internship and looked forward to exposing myself to the world’s hub of innovation: Silicon Valley. On the other hand, I was worried about departing from Chicago, a place I call home. “Will the Booth community and brand be as strong elsewhere?” – I asked myself. I have learned many new things during this fantastic summer, and here are some of my revelations about Booth.

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Set Up for Summer Success

It’s intimidating to walk into a new career (even an internship) with zero work experience in the field. But that’s exactly the situation that I, like many of my peers, are finding ourselves in at this moment.

Like many Boothies, I’m a career transitioner (military to consulting, in my case). Though I was comfortable leading 150 combat soldiers, I was quite nervous thinking about how I should interact with a client. Also, like many of my peers, I like experiential learning in addition to classrooms and coffee chats – feeling like I need to touch & feel a process before I really understand it.

Fortunately, Booth built a course that’s exactly what I needed: Strategy Lab, which is a hands-on class that pairs small teams of students with real clients, solving real problems, mentored by real consultants.

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Meet the New Team!

Hello! We are the incoming “The Booth Experience” team (TBE) and we are so excited to share with you as many student stories and Booth experiences as we can over the next year! We will do our best to provide readers with a comprehensive, candid, and in-depth view of what it’s like to be an MBA student at Chicago Booth. From where we live, to our favorite classes, to the coolest places to go on a date in Chicago, we’ll give you an insider’s perspective of the entire Booth experience from start to finish.

But first, we’d like to tell you a little about ourselves and #WhyBooth is where we chose Booth to pursue our MBAs…

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