Before the official school year starts, almost 300 first year Boothies and partners will be led by a group of second years on trips around the world. These incredible trips—Random Walks—are a way to bond and grow friendships in the Booth community before the start of classes. Random Walks usually end up being one of the most memorable moments of your MBA.
As a Part 2 to Suzi’s post earlier this week, I thought it would be helpful to the introverts amongst us (myself included) to read about all the different ways that the Booth community officially facilitates community. Specifically, getting to know the clubs and teams that a student can join and meet people who share the same interests, hobbies and love for Pitch Perfect. (Ok, maybe the last is just me.)
If you’re bringing a few extra people along with you to business school, you may be wondering how Booth supports your partners and families, and helps include them in your student life. Suzi and Alex have told you how they balance partners and school as well as how First Day is a great introduction for spouses to Booth, but what’s it really like once you get here full-time? I had these same questions as I was preparing to enroll at Booth, and am pleased to report two years later that I have been very pleasantly surprised with the many partner/family-friendly activities and programs provided by Booth.
Last year, I wrote about my experience during First Day (known as Admit Weekend then) as an admitted student. I loved my experience at First Day so much that when it ended, I was sure that Chicago Booth was the business school where I wanted to pursue my MBA.
Like many new Booth students, I arrived in Chicago having left many friends and a partner in another city. I worried about how quickly I would make new friends in a school environment. I was surprised by just how quickly the bonding began. Continue reading Chicago Booth: Where Everybody Knows Your Name