All posts by Kate Nimmo

TREKKING TO THE BAY AREA WITH THE PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP

Last week, a subset of Booth’s Private Equity Group ventured to the West Coast on the Bay Area Trek, during which the group met with eight firms across a day each in San Francisco and the South Bay (Menlo Park and Palo Alto). The trek culminated in an informal happy hour where our group, host firms, and Bay Area alums in PE were invited to mingle, discuss the industry, reminisce about Booth, and build deeper connections. As the second-year student leader of the trek, I wanted to share my experience and provide some insights into the value of our trip.

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How to Prepare for Your MBA Interview

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and there is a faint nip in the air (or if you are here in Chicago, the first flurries of snow are swirling!). These signs can only mean one thing: MBA interview season is upon us.

You have attended what feels like a million information sessions that detail how each MBA program is different, carefully crafted essays bearing your wildest hopes and dreams, politely hounded your recommenders to ensure their letters on your behalf made it in before the deadline, and now, you have earned yourself a coveted interview spot. After the initial excitement subsides, nerves slowly creep back in as you realize this interview is merely something new to prepare for. What now?

Having been in these same shoes not too long ago, and now as a member of the Admissions Fellow team that will conduct all of Booth’s on-campus interviews, I have distilled my wisdom into a simple five-point list to help you relax, impress your interviewer, and potentially earn a spot in the Class of 2022.

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Kia Ora! New Booth Students Travel to New Zealand

In New Zealand, “kia ora” is an informal greeting that comes from the Māori, the indigenous Polynesian people that discovered the country back in the fourteenth century, and loosely means “be well.” It has been adopted by the whole country and, as such, it was how we were greeted on Random Walk New Zealand by almost everyone we met.

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From Overlooking the Bean to Exploring Beantown

Greetings from Boston! This summer, I traded my view of Chicago’s “Bean” sculpture for the city nicknamed Beantown (though I have avoided the eponymous summer food staple due to the recent heat spell we have been facing in the Northeast!). I am about to kick off week nine of my internship at Providence Strategic Growth, the software-focused growth equity arm of Providence Equity Partners. I have been lucky to have had an incredibly active summer—both at work and at play—slotting in on a few deal teams for platform and add-on acquisitions, attending a couple pitches and board meetings, testing out what I learned at Booth in leadership, strategic problem-solving, and even meeting up with our deans for a sneak peek at the new initiatives being implemented for the upcoming year.

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Get to Know Kate Nimmo

I was born in New York City but mostly raised in Wellesley, Massachusetts (which led to a very tumultuous adolescence as a Yankees fan living in Red Sox territory as the Sox were ascending to greatness). Prior to Booth, I spent two years each in Seattle and San Francisco, so after experiencing life on both coasts, I decided I would be remiss if I didn’t also explore the middle of the US. Despite the lack of saltwater coastline, I’ve loved running along the extensive lakefront of Lake Michigan (the view of the skyline from Adler Planetarium is my favorite spot in Chicago).

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