Category Archives: Boothie Life

Starting at Booth with a Marathon Finish: Best Booth Moment Series

During our Winter Break we had an open call for Boothies to share their best moments at Booth. We kickoff this series by presenting to you a post by Kelly Carlquist who started her MBA with a Marathon finish.


Chicago holds a special place in my heart. I was born and raised in the western suburbs, college educated in its north side and, prior to Booth, a resident of Lincoln Park. And so, opening an email that read “Congratulations, Marathon Entry Approved!” meant I had won the lottery granting me the pinnacle experience combining my two great loves – the City of Chicago and running.

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Ski Trip!

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.

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A Path To The Tipping Point

“You going to sign up for this ‘Tipping Point’ deal?” a friend asked me as we walked out of one of our Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) classes early in the quarter.

I replied, “I don’t know – I’m not clear what it is, exactly. A case competition? With alumni as judges? And you only receive materials the night beforehand? Sounds intense – and there’s already so much else to do this quarter.”

“I know man – but every second year who did it says it was one of the best parts of LEAD.”

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Learning to “Think Better” with Professor Sendhil Mullainathan

It’s always exciting to hear a professor speak about their research at Booth. You get to hear one of the most brilliant minds in the industry give you an insider view of the things they work on day in and day out.  Additionally, it gives us an alternative perspective to the professor’s work beyond what they teach in our classes and provides an opportunity to interact with them by asking questions about it.

For those unfamiliar with Professor Sendhil Mullainathan, he is the University of Chicago’s most recent faculty addition. During the fall quarter, Boothies and faculty alike had the pleasure of hearing him speak for the first time to a UChicago audience at an event hosted by the Center for Decision Research titled Think Better.

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