All posts by Linda Yan

Bye Until Our Paths Cross Again, Part 2

Continuing from the earlier post this week, our bloggers this year bid you farewell as they turn over the reins to the new team of 2016.

Edward McDonald

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Less than two years ago I was graduating from the Tisch School of the Arts and living the life of a starving artist in Brooklyn. Making films was a great departure from the career I had before as an officer in the Army. I wasn’t completely fulfilled and applied to business school in order to transition into something “different.” I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do; I just knew that I needed to be somewhere else. I needed some time to figure out what I wanted and knew a top business school could afford me that opportunity. Continue reading Bye Until Our Paths Cross Again, Part 2

Excel Monkey Gets Over Feeling Like the Second Banana

Because Everyone Feels Like a Baboon Sometimes: On Failure, Resilience and Gratitude

 

A few weeks ago, I read a great article about mental health during the MBA, and how emotional and psychological struggles are frequently left unvoiced or untreated.

Deeply imbedded is the idea of failure, particularly as it relates to employment (ah, the all-important internship recruiting cycle…) and academic performance. So many people in the community here at Booth are legitimate rockstars, having succeeded at everything practically from the womb. That, coupled with the investment we put into coming here, from a professional, personal and financial perspective, make every stumble feel like a fall, and every fall feel like a catastrophe.

Continue reading Excel Monkey Gets Over Feeling Like the Second Banana

Chicago Booth: Where Everyone Knows Your Name (And If They Don’t, They Will), Part II

As a Part 2 to Suzi’s post earlier this week, I thought it would be helpful to the introverts amongst us (myself included) to read about all the different ways that the Booth community officially facilitates community. Specifically, getting to know the clubs and teams that a student can join and meet people who share the same interests, hobbies and love for Pitch Perfect. (Ok, maybe the last is just me.)

Continue reading Chicago Booth: Where Everyone Knows Your Name (And If They Don’t, They Will), Part II

Excel Monkey’s Journey to the West*

I was born in Shanghai but spent the last two decades of my life in Boston, and consider myself to be pretty stereotypically “East Coast”—pragmatic, competitive, and grumpy. My family, friends and professional network were all in Boston, proud city of the highest college/square mile ratio and home to some other excellent educational institutions. For all intents and purposes, I would have been the most comfortable staying in the city where I grew up, surrounded by fellow Patriots fans and pizza that was actually pizza, not casserole suffering from an identity crisis.

So why Chicago? Continue reading Excel Monkey’s Journey to the West*