This fall, the Chicago Booth community welcomed 582 first-year students who are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. As always, Booth’s student body covers a wide array of industries and functions, and no two Boothies are alike. All at the same time, there’s a common theme that ties students together. According to Kurt Ahlm, Booth’s Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions, it’s being “life-long learners who are always open, exploring, and never satisfied.”
We invite you to dive into what makes Booth unique through 11 in-depth profiles of remarkable students, published on Poets & Quants, the world’s leading MBA website. Through this overview, you can see how diverse the paths are leading to Booth and hopefully, find a story that resonates with yours. You can also learn about how the Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA Program is a great fit to a U.S. Navy Special Warfare Officer, a retired NFL Athlete, and a Sony Product Manager who led The Chainsmokers’ international marketing.
Thanks to those inspirational 11 individuals getting introspective and candid about their journeys and motivations, we not only get a glimpse into Booth’s qualitative edge, but also are reminded of the Chicago Booth primal question: “Why are you here and not somewhere else?”
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One of the major draws to Booth for me was its structured program that would allow me to work on my “soft” skills (or as Booth’s Leadership Development office calls them, “action” skills), like teamwork, public speaking, and leadership. The Leadership, Effectiveness And Development (LEAD) program at the beginning of my first year allowed me to do just that: I had a chance to study how my personality affects my leadership style, understand the default role I tend to play within a team, and practice giving a persuasive speech to my classmates.
These skills and insights were immensely valuable and came into play for me numerous times throughout my first year and my summer internship. So I decided that being a leadership facilitator in my second year would be a perfect way for me to “pay it forward,” while continuing to work on my own leadership skills.
Continue reading Phase II of My Leadership Development Journey at Booth
This summer, 24 members of the Class of 2019 got a head start to their Booth experience through the pre-MBA program called Startup Summer. Across the globe, soon-to-be Booth students were paired with Booth-founded startups to explore their entrepreneurial function and industry goals. Cofounded by Booth alumna Andrea Sreshta, ’16, LuminAID is a women-founded Chicago-based startup that makes solar-powered inflatable lanterns for disaster relief and outdoor recreation. Find out what incoming Booth students Erich Bao, Jessica Goldberg, and Michael Hull had to say about their experience at LuminAID, and how it will impact their time at Booth going forward.
Continue reading Booth Startup Summer
The six writers here at The Booth Experience have had a blast this year providing all of you with relevant, interesting content, that’s hopefully made your decision to apply to and eventually attend Booth a little easier. The moment we were all dreading finally arrived last Saturday, as we walked across the stage at our graduation. So consider this final post our way of reflecting a bit on our time at Booth, what it’s meant to be a student here and what it’ll mean to be part of an incredible alumni network. Click through for responses from each of us, and best of luck with your business school journey!
Many of you come to this site with a goal of learning more about what’s it’s like to be a student at Chicago Booth, and hopefully throughout the year we’ve been able to provide plenty of information in that domain. Much of what we write about is intended to give you insight into The Booth Experience (ohh, that’s the reason for the site name!), and even a tip or two for what to say in the interview room.
One of the aspects of Booth that I hadn’t previously considered when I started my first year back in August 2015 was what it was like to sit on the other side of the table as applicants filed in one after the other. I interviewed on campus so I did meet with a student, but I guess it sort of slipped my mind that these roles needed to be filled by upcoming classes.
After spending the last year as an Admissions Fellow, I can finally look back on what that ride has been like. What started as a fairly competitive process for being selected is now ending with a chance to pass along the responsibilities to the next great batch of students in the Class of 2018. It’s been a really fun experience, and an influential one in terms of my progression while at Booth.
Continue reading From The Other Side