Category Archives: Academics

My MBA Timeline: Year 1

Ask any graduating second year and they’ll agree on one thing: your two years at business school fly by. While every quarter includes time for academics, professional development, building a social network and self-exploration, each quarter is unique and can be a different 10-week journey. Read on to see the timeline of my first year at Booth and check back to catch a glimpse at my second year as well.  

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Making “Group Work” Work: Leadership at Booth

Every applicant has a primary motivation to attend an MBA program. It may be a two-year pause for self-reflection away from the corporate grind, the chance to broaden knowledge across business functions, or even an opportunity to pivot one’s career to a new industry. Whatever the primary reason, most of my classmates mention that they would cherish the opportunity to sharpen their leadership identity – honing strengths, pinpointing weaknesses, and experimenting in a secure environment.

Deputy Dean for MBA Programs Stacey Kole presented a finding from a 2018 year-end survey that, “the Class of 2019 is highly interested in developing leadership skills: 60% say it’s essential, 30% say it’s important, and 10% say it’s preferred. Communicating persuasively was one of the most common skills that students sought to improve.” Once we kickoff our MBA at Booth, we are given a myriad of instances in our daily activities that we can harness to push ourselves to be better leaders.

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Choosing Final Quarter Classes

This is it. It’s my last quarter at Booth, my last opportunity to be a student and my last time bidding for courses before I graduate in four weeks. Upon reflection, it’s clear that I’ve greatly benefited from Booth’s flexible curriculum.

Not only have I had the chance to take the real estate, private equity and other finance courses that will likely have a direct effect on my professional ambitions going forward, but I also was able to take several electives that helped me round out my managerial education. As I perused iBid, thoroughly studying my course options for the spring quarter, I came to a standstill. While I only need three more classes to graduate with the rest of the Class of 2019, I was having trouble narrowing down my options. If only I could take more than three courses this quarter…

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Booth Course Challenges Students to a Game

I am currently taking Professor Kathleen Fitzgerald’s Integrated Strategic Management Course. It’s been a bit unconventional – rather than turning in thought papers or problem solutions, I’ve been spending the past few weeks glued to the “Gleacher Game” portal, where along with my team, I’ve been creating products to sell to other regions.

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