Greetings from Hyde Park! It’s now November, and the Booth Admissions team is in full swing of the Round 1 interview season. As an Admissions Fellow, I am one of several second-year students responsible for conducting on-campus interviews with Full-Time MBA applicants. Short of revealing the secrets to how our admissions team evaluates applications, I’m going to provide you with five pieces of advice that will not only help you during your interview, but also help you evaluate whether Booth is the right school for you.
Although I’ve never lived in the Bay Area, I moved to San Francisco for my summer internship knowing that I would benefit from the extensive network of Boothies also interning in the region. In fact, the running joke was there were more Boothies living in the Bay Area than in Chicago for the summer. Throughout the course of this summer, I’ve always had something fun to do with fellow Boothies on the weekends, whether it was indulging at one of San Francisco’s many beer gardens, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, or hiking in Muir Woods.
I was born and raised in New Jersey and went to Vanderbilt University for undergrad. At Vanderbilt, I developed an interest in corporate finance and eventually started my career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. I enjoyed this role, but I was more interested in being an investor than an advisor so I transitioned to Carlyle’s real estate private equity group, where I worked for three years. While I’d like to be an investor for the long term, I knew that attending Booth would provide me with a well-rounded business education, leadership development training, and a network of remarkable and talented colleagues.