Tell Your Story: Nicharee Nithipongwanich

“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features our Booth community members in their own words. We learn about their unique path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights.

Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
I grew up, studied, and worked in Bangkok, Thailand, with an exception of one year in Oregon as a cultural exchange student, which I enjoyed tremendously. Prior to coming to Booth, I worked in finance (investment banking and venture capital) and the technology industry in Thailand for around 5 years.

What made you want to go to business school?
Apart from the increase in career opportunities from having an MBA, I wanted to come to business school to broaden my perspective. Business school is probably one of the most diverse environments one can experience. Everyone at Booth embraces diversity and is very open; we learn from professors and one another. This has made class discussion very interesting and engaging.

What specifically about Booth was attractive to you?
What attracted me to Booth were its pay-it-forward culture and its academic rigor with strong analytical focus. Booth community members are truly supportive; everyone is eager to be your resource and help you find success. I also like working with and making decisions from data; thus, I find Booth’s analytical and data-driven approach to business disciplines to fit my disposition very well and to be increasingly relevant in the current business climate.

Describe your Booth experience thus far.
My first quarter at Booth has been hectic but fun with a lot of learning and self-discovering. I have met so many great people and made so many good friends. I also traveled to Central and South America for the first time in my life. I am looking forward to additional journeys during the rest of my time here.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I read, travel, explore new restaurants, and play board games with friends. Back in Thailand, I also volunteered with the CFA Institute to organize an equity research competition for the past 3 years. Lately, I have been learning how to cook new Thai dishes. I also plan to learn a new language this year.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
As part of orientation activities at Booth, I won my cohort’s rock-scissors-paper tournament!

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