Category Archives: Admissions

Booth through the decades: Impact of an MBA in Africa, with Richard A. Osei, ‘97

Have you ever wondered what Booth was like 10 or 20 years ago? How the student experience has changed and which elements of the Booth experience still stand true today? No matter where you are in the world?

In this series, we speak to three African alums from the classes of 1997, 2007, and 2017 to trace back their journeys and learn how the student experience here at Booth has evolved through the decades. We’ll also see what the Booth MBA has meant to their careers and to furthering growth in various countries in Africa.

In this first blog post, Richard A. Osei, ‘97, who currently works in Venture Capital and Private Equity in Accra, Ghana, talks about his motivation to attend Booth, how a leadership course with Harry Davis continues to be instrumental today, and growing the Booth brand in Ghana.

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Before you click SUBMIT: Thoughts for Round 2 Applicants

I still remember how stressful it was to submit my application for Chicago Booth. Agonizing over every detail, wondering what will tip the scales for the admissions committee, scanning Poets & Quants for insights, refreshing Clear Admit every 1.3 seconds or so—all while working a full-time job!

It’s exhausting. And with Round 2 applications due on January 3rd, I wanted to share my personal experiences on a few questions that I frequently chat about with prospective students preparing for essays and interviews…

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What Flexible Curriculum Means at Booth

One of the things you realize as soon as you get to Booth is the how much the flexible curriculum differentiates your MBA experience—not only from other schools, but from one student to the next. When looking around the classroom, no one is there for the exact same reason as you because everyone has a distinct motivation for why that course is important to their specific MBA plan. But the flexibility actually goes way beyond just being able to build out your coursework however you want. I remember reading an article a couple years ago by Kurt Ahlm, the Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions at Booth, about the real impact of Booth’s flexibility. Thought it might be of interest, especially as people have some extra time around the holidays to dig deep into the distinguishing factors of what makes Booth such an exceptional place to get your MBA.

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Congratulations, New Admits!

On behalf of The Booth Experience team and the entire Booth community, we want to say congratulations to all of the new Class of 2020 Round 1 admits!

Whether you’ve wanted to get your MBA since high school or recently decided  to pursue the MBA path, we are so excited for you! Congratulations — you deserve it! This is a really special time, so make sure you take the time to celebrate over the holiday season.

Welcome to the Booth Family!

The Net Impact Conference: Exploring a career in Social Impact

As a first year MBA student, it’s easy to get swept away by singling in on consulting or investment banking recruiting. However, for me, as the recruiting process kicked into high gear at the end of October, the Net Impact 2017 Conference was a refreshing opportunity for me to join like-minded individuals dedicated to arriving at careers focused in social impact.

A dozen of us Booth students took the trip to Atlanta, GA, the site of this year’s conference, to learn about our “Path to Purpose,” this year’s theme for the annual social impact event. If the conference provided the “path,” the Booth Net Impact co-chairs were our mountain guides.

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