Category Archives: Booth Bloggers

Live Chat with Us!

On May 26th from 12-1pm CT, a handful of us bloggers from The Booth Experience team will be available to answer all your questions in a live chat. Ask us about classes, student life, faculty, recruiting, and anything else you want to know about Booth and our ridiculously awesome community. Just don’t ask if we are ready to graduate in less than a month – we aren’t, and we don’t like being reminded that our amazing two years as Booth students are coming to an end.

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Japan Random Walk Video!

Sushi, temples, robot shows, pagodas, baseball games, ramen, kimonos, karaoke, or sake bombs… These words could be used to describe virtually any trip to Japan, but they won’t be enough to entirely express the essence of a Booth Random Walk. No matter your destination, these pre-bschool excursions are corner stones of Chicago Booth’s tight-knit community. First year students depart from O’Hare International Airport as strangers, and return BFFs. Second year students lead these trips around the world, as a prize for our hard work during our summer internships. I was lucky enough to travel to Japan with my best friends at Booth, meeting fourteen fantastic incoming Boothies, while eating sushi every day, what else can I ask for?

Enough words said, enjoy the video:

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What’s In My Bag? Summer Internship Edition

Hi everyone! I’m Faria Jabbar, a second year at Booth. I’m excited to share my Booth experience with you over the course of this year, and hopefully help you imagine what your own Booth experience could look like. It’s hard to predict what this year will bring, but expect a lot of posts from me about marketing, exploring Chicago, and my interest in retail/style.

As of now, I stand on the other side of some of the most fun and intense 10 weeks I’ve ever had. This summer I had the opportunity to make the switch from marketing consulting to the brand marketing, working as a marketing intern at Nestle’s Ice Cream division in Oakland, CA. Specifically, I worked on developing a Marketing Plan for a No Sugar Added ice cream, as well as a shelf schematic (determining ice cream flavors that should be on shelf in the grocery store).

A big question mark I had before starting school was around the summer internship – what do you actually do? The answer varies a lot depending on the internship – but hopefully a look at what was in my bag this summer will provide some insight into the world of brand marketing.

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Why are you here and not somewhere else?

From the first day I walked through the doors of Harper Center last summer, I may have heard “why are you here and not somewhere else?” about a thousand times. And if you haven’t heard this Booth mantra yet… you definitely will. In fact, this mantra is even a popular installation of the infamous Chicago Booth art collection. Simply put, this is the million dollar question. Imagine me before B-school… I’m in a room of around 500 Zambian students; all bright, eager and vulnerable. My Kucetekela team only have a year to develop applications that will further the education of Zambian generations to follow. I am teary eyed because of the cycle of academic inefficiency and inaccessibility that breeds poverty from the lowest to the highest levels in developing nations. I am faced with selecting the “talented tenth,” having to leave behind the other portion of Zambia’s student population without the proper solution. I raise my head, dry my eyes, and pray for the many students the startup’s efforts cannot reach. I am hopeful that if some succeed, each student can support many others.

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