At the end of Fall quarter, over 330 Boothies traveled to Vail, Colorado for the annual Booth Ski Trip. They could not have chosen a better time to go – 6-8 inches of snow fell every day, producing ideal skiing conditions. Over the course of the week, Conor Fernandez (a second year Booth student) filmed his fellow classmates conquering the mountain by day and partying by night.
While at Booth, Conor founded Activid, a video editing marketplace where people can submit footage to freelance editors who will turn that raw footage into a beautifully edited video. After returning to Chicago, Conor sent the Booth Ski Trip footage to one of Activid’s talented editors, who created this incredible video of their trip:
While there are many great things about going to business school, the trips during the breaks are definitely close to the top of the list. I knew I wanted to do a Random Walk when I started at Booth, but I didn’t realize that there were so many other opportunities to explore and have fun during business school. Traveling is practically an unofficial curriculum requirement at Booth
The first time I stepped into the Winter Garden brought me back to a peculiar memory I had long forgotten; a decade ago when I was nineteen years old, I had my first big travel experience when I flew into Europe and landed in a Zurich, Switzerland airport to begin my trip. Just like that moment a decade ago in Switzerland, I was surrounded by men and women in business suits walking with the measured efficiency of a highly professional and exacting culture. I felt disoriented, and feared that, coming from the laid-back Southern California lifestyle where flip-flops are considered business casual, I would not be able to acclimate to this strange place. The little bit of snow that had clung to my shoes from the steps leading up to the Harper Center melted on the sleek, polished stone floor as I walked through the Winter Garden. I had stepped into the world of Chicago Booth for the first time ever while interviewing as an applicant, and I was already creating a little bit of a mess behind me.
Oh Booth winter break, how I’ve missed you! Last year, winter break was the glorious reward after a busy first quarter balancing school and summer internship recruiting. But this year as a 2nd year student, it’s a bittersweet reminder that the Booth experience passes by all too quickly and we’re just two short quarters away from graduation. So this past December, Bayasaa Enkhbaatar (a fellow 2nd year Booth student, dear friend, and partner in crime) and I decided to give in to our wanderlust and embark on a two week adventure together to hike Patagonia and make the most of this break.
Two years ago, before my First Day, I wasn’t sure why my wife would want to go with to First Day. After all, my wife and I were already living in Chicago and she was working at the University of Chicago Hospital. We felt like we knew the city and we knew the U of C, so at the time, we didn’t see the benefits. However, if for no other reason than getting an MBA is a huge investment for both of us, she came with me. We were pleasantly surprised how much we both ended up getting out of the event as partners.