On the morning of Friday the 22nd of September at 8 AM, I walked into C72 a seminar room at Harper Center, our primary classroom building—with about 4 hours of sleep and a pretty solid headache. For a bit of history, Thursday evenings are typically eventful nights for the Booth community and the recruiting schedule/weekend travel plans usually dissuade students from taking classes on Fridays.
As a capstone to Orientation+, Booth’s almost 600 First Years (1Ys) engage in an epic evening of athletic and physical competition. Off the wave of the Triwizard Tournament at LOR (the 3 day, 2 night Leadership Orientation Retreat), defeated cohorts Davis, Gargoyles, Harper, Maroons, Nobels, Phoenix, Stuart, and Walker were itching for a rematch while victors Bond and Rockefeller were ready to defend their titles at any cost.
The Graduate Business Council (GBC), Booth’s student government, hosts community events such as these to build camaraderie and spirit amongst various large groups (years, cohorts*, affinity, etc) on campus. I’ll take you through the end-to-end planning process for how we made sure this event ran smoothly.
Every year, around 400 First Years (1Ys) go on a Random Walk with a group of classmates they will have just met for the first time. The international excursions combine cultural experiences, nightlife, relaxation, and outdoor adventures to flex Boothies out of their comfort zone and offer opportunities to form lasting friendships (fellow TBEer Eli and I both went on the Mystery Random Walk our first year).
Each group of 12-14 1Ys is accompanied by four Second Year trip leaders (~120 from the entire 2Y class). While some of our classmates may think we leaders just can’t let go of our first year—after going to work this summer, I never want school to end—and want to relive our adventures from last year; I can assure you a little more goes into guiding the experience than just doing another random Random Walk.