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Do your co-workers pass the “airport test”?

Throughout the recruiting process, people advised me to keep in mind the “airport test,” i.e., to answer the question, “Would I want to hang out with these people if we were stuck together in an airport for four hours?” During my summer internship, I had an extreme experience of the airport test come to fruition. While driving back from a client site three hours away, my team and I got stuck in an 8-hour traffic jam due to an accident on the highway. After a long week, while such a situation was extremely painful, we made the most of it, sharing music that we like, speaking about our experience at Booth, and even celebrating our manager’s birthday in the car with a bar of chocolate we found in our bags. To say the team passed the airport test with flying colors, would be an understatement!

I spent my summer at McKinsey and Co.’s Chicago office, working on a large digital transformation project for a public sector client. The best part about the experience—the team was made up of four Boothies (one each from the MBA class of ’17, ’18, ’19, and ’20)! 

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Get to Know Nadeem Khan

I’m originally from New Delhi, India, and I was living and working in Mumbai prior to coming to Booth. To say that the weather is a bit different from back home is definitely an understatement. That said, I’ve really enjoyed my time here in Chicago this past year, and the city is beginning to feel like home. One of the motivating factors for me to pursue an MBA was that I wanted to take time off from work and explore different things — take new classes, meet diverse people, and focus on my interests.

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