When my girlfriend Melanie decided to enroll at Booth and move here to Chicago I was thrilled, mainly because we had been long distance for several years and I was excited for us to live in the same city. But honestly, I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect in terms of how busy she would be, how much homework and class she would have, how much partying there would be, and if the Turkey Drop was actually a thing (yikes!).
I had some ideas about what business school would be like for her, ranging from crazy party-school (out partying all night and drinking Monday through Saturday) to stressed out student (at the library all night, studying 100% of the time not in class). I guessed that it would be something in between, and it turns out I was right!
While there are plenty of evening group meetings and other times when school takes priority, the social aspects of being a Booth student and partner have been great. It started with the random small group dinners, where we met several other new students and partners, with some becoming good friends! I look forward to seeing them on weekends, and even the occasional TNDC that I can make it to.
Additionally, Melanie and I both participate in the Wine Club, where our attendance is one of Melanie’s biggest priorities. The events are always a blast, whether it’s a large group tasting with a company ambassador, or a small gathering in a co-chair’s apartment. I have even gone to a few of the events myself when Melanie was recruiting, and loved bonding with Boothies and other partners over a few glasses.
So far, it’s been a great first and second quarter. Our first few months enjoying Booth life together have been wonderful… so good, in fact, that I decided to lock down my favorite Boothie, and proposed in December. She said yes!
Now we’re on to the next chapter… how to take class, recruit, and plan a wedding all at the same time! But for now, I’m happy to have my Valentine 😉
Tim and Melanie met at Miami University in Ohio and recently celebrated 5 years together. He is an account manager for Euromonitor International, a market research firm in the Loop, and previously lived in Las Vegas and New York City.