When I was admitted into Booth, I was excited for the diverse student body, strong academic curriculum, and vibrant campus community. While I cherished the opportunity to live in Chicago, I also had my concerns. Specifically, I had read that ~75% of Booth students live downtown, or what Chicagoans refer to as the “Loop.” However, I knew that living in the Loop wouldn’t be an option for me.Continue reading Living Outside the Loop
While there’s no shortage of opportunities to get to know fellow Boothies through both academic and professional-related pursuits, I’ve found that the best way to bond with classmates is off campus. Specifically, my experiences traveling to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the first year MBA class retreat during orientation and to Colombia for the spring break trek positioned me well to continue fostering relationships with old friends and connect with new ones. This past winter break, I had the opportunity to add another Boothie trek to my list: the annual ski trip! This year, the ski trip was held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.Continue reading Ski Trip!
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.