All posts by James Wang

Tell Your Story: Van Ha

“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features one of our Booth community members. In his or her own words, the contributor details their path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights. Enjoy our first edition!

Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
I’m originally from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and moved to Sydney, Australia by myself 11 years ago to pursue higher education and widen my horizons. In 2011, I went to the States for an exchange, then backpacked and traveled across the US for 3 months (visited 14 States) – loved this country so now I’m back for a while! Prior to Booth, I worked in Investments and Wealth Management in Sydney. Besides my full-time job, I co-founded a web/apps development company and we served clients from 8 different countries.

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Summer in the City

Picture this: you’ve got a summer consulting internship, and you’re based in Chicago. With all the traveling, can you actually enjoy the best few months that Chicago has to offer? Absolutely. Let me walk you through a week of how I lived it up in Chicago, even while traveling every week out of town.

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Get to know James Wang

I’m from St. Louis, and stayed true to my Midwestern roots by getting a degree in Economics from Northwestern. I loved Chicago so much that I couldn’t imagine leaving, and I’m lucky that there are such fantastic institutions right here in the city to make that possible. The reasons why I chose Booth beyond location were its reputation and the access I would have to incredible faculty.

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Behind the Scenes of the 2nd Annual Phoenix Film Festival’s Best Picture

Each year, the Reel Leadership Committee of second year students enlists first year students from each cohort to create a short film. The objective was a little hazy. Were we supposed to create Booth propaganda? Was the target viewer current or prospective students? Was creating something funny the primary goal? At the end of the day, the Reel Leadership Committee simply told us we would be judged on: Execution, Content, and “Boothiness.” Here’s the video we came up with…

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