All posts by Eli Feret

Power Lunches Feed Intellectual Curiosity at Booth

One of my favorite things about Booth is that our professors aren’t just teachers and case-writers, but are equal parts researcher, instructor, and mentor. With our long list of distinguished faculty pushing the frontiers of business science outward on a daily basis, I always find myself getting FOMO over all the classes I want to take but can’t find space to cram into my two-year schedule.

Fortunately, Booth’s research and learning centers frequently host talks and events for professors to discuss their research—enabling students like me to glean insights on a wide variety of topics that complement the my formal curriculum.

I recently attended a special talk hosted by James M. Kilts Center for Marketing, where Professor Berkeley Dietvorst discussed his research on why human beings don’t trust algorithms to make decisions.

Here are a few “ah-ha” moments I had during the talk:

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Before you click SUBMIT: Thoughts for Round 2 Applicants

I still remember how stressful it was to submit my application for Chicago Booth. Agonizing over every detail, wondering what will tip the scales for the admissions committee, scanning Poets & Quants for insights, refreshing Clear Admit every 1.3 seconds or so—all while working a full-time job!

It’s exhausting. And with Round 2 applications due on January 3rd, I wanted to share my personal experiences on a few questions that I frequently chat about with prospective students preparing for essays and interviews…

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Camaraderie and Community: Veterans Day at Booth

What makes Chicago Booth such a special place to be a veteran?

You might guess it’s our unlimited Yellow Ribbon Scholarships that help veterans finance the transition from military to MBA. Or it could be Eric Gleacher’s 2016 donation of $10 Million earmarked to fund veterans’ scholarships.

These are both notable, but to me what makes Booth truly special is the incredible community and camaraderie found among the 82 veterans currently here, and within the hundreds of veterans in our alumni network. It’s a culture that makes you feel warm and welcomed while ensuring that your dreams receive all the support possible from those in a position to help.

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Richard Thaler’s Nobel Prize captures the essence of Chicago Booth

On Monday morning the University of Chicago came together in the Harper Center to congratulate and toast Professor Richard Thaler, who had just been awarded the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Professor Thaler is widely known as the “father of behavioral economics” for pioneering the field that pairs traditional economics with human psychology to better understand how people make decisions. Continue reading Richard Thaler’s Nobel Prize captures the essence of Chicago Booth

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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