All posts by Andrea Aractingi

Fresh Air Fund Inspires Boothies to Wander Campus

Back in October, we all received emails about Booth’s new Fresh Air Fund. I wasn’t sure what to expect: a fund dedicated to the environment? A reference to NPR’s podcast? No. The Fresh Air Fund is an effort by Booth to nudge us away from Harper and into our larger UChicago surroundings. As part of this, we have been given $60 in credit to dine, snack, and shop at campus cafes, markets, and dining halls. I tried out a few this quarter and walked away pleasantly surprised and eager to go back. Here are my top picks! 

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4 Reasons to Go to Booth for Your Career in Marketing

Chicago Booth has always had a strong reputation for finance and economics (8 Nobel Prizes, but who’s counting?). Much has been said about its offerings in those disciplines so I’ll let Booth’s reputation speak for itself. What I really want to do is shed light on what it means to study marketing at Booth. I want to share why I decided to come to Booth to pursue marketing and why I believe Booth is a fantastic marketing school, particularly in these data-driven times.

Here are 4 reasons I chose Booth for a career in marketing.

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International Boothies Take Texas

Last weekend I had the great fortune of joining an unofficial trek to Dallas (yes, treks do happen during the school year!), led by 2Y Will Fischer who’s from Texas. The best part of the trip: it was organized by a local who showed us his city and explained all the cultural nuances of his hometown. The second best part: it was an opportunity to experience Dallas with a group of international Boothies who hailed from Lebanon, India, Syria, and England. We enjoyed some fascinating discussions and reveled in the uniqueness, authenticity, and hospitality of our fellow Texans.

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Life Beyond the Loop, Part 1

The majority of us Boothies call the Loop home, and for good reason—access to the lake, great restaurants and nightlife, and walking distance to Gleacher Center (Booth’s downtown location that houses the part-time and executive programs). But too many of us cling to our Booth bubble, going to and from Hyde Park then sticking to the Loop or taking a train straight to O’Hare or Midway airport to embark on a new travel adventure.

Fellow second-year student, Holly Smith, and I set out to discover life outside of this bubble. On cold days, sunny days, free days, and busy ones, we wandered through the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Andersonville, and Logan Square, with a few more local destinations scheduled for this Fall. The result has been an immense appreciation for Chicago—and an equally strong wish to tell everyone (really everyone!) about it.

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