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Switching things up, Part III: Exploring a new country

One thing which I realized after moving to the US was that holidays here are very different from the country I am from. In India, holidays and family festivities are centered around Diwali, while here in the US it starts from the Thanksgiving week and ends with Christmas and New Years.  Like most of the internationals living far away from their families, I took this opportunity to get together with other international students and travel around the US. Having just moved to the US, I had a clean slate of travel adventures to write upon. Over my 2 years here at Chicago Booth, I got to travel much more than I have travelled before. This is also thanks to enthusiastic bunch of students at Booth who are always ready to join. Continue reading Switching things up, Part III: Exploring a new country

Three Things to Keep in Mind as an Early-Career Candidate

In keeping with my trend of threes, here’re three things I recommend early career candidates keep in mind as they dive into the MBA research process:

1. Why you want an MBA (important) and why you want an MBA now (incredibly important). This is a no-brainer. Asking why you want to get an MBA is in almost any application you’ll pick up, and you should have a clear answer to this question. However, as an early-career candidate, there’s also an imbedded question here – you should be ready to describe why you want an MBA today. There is no right answer to this question – but it’s definitely something you should be thinking about.

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Excel Monkey Gets Over Feeling Like the Second Banana

Because Everyone Feels Like a Baboon Sometimes: On Failure, Resilience and Gratitude

 

A few weeks ago, I read a great article about mental health during the MBA, and how emotional and psychological struggles are frequently left unvoiced or untreated.

Deeply imbedded is the idea of failure, particularly as it relates to employment (ah, the all-important internship recruiting cycle…) and academic performance. So many people in the community here at Booth are legitimate rockstars, having succeeded at everything practically from the womb. That, coupled with the investment we put into coming here, from a professional, personal and financial perspective, make every stumble feel like a fall, and every fall feel like a catastrophe.

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