Category Archives: Boothie Life

Great Scott! We’re back in the ’80s

Two days after the world celebrated “Back to the Future Day”, Booth’s Graduate Business Council (GBC) threw a time-traveling party of its own – The Booth Arcade ’80s Fall Mixer.

GBC’s “primary objective is to help maximize students’ life experiences while they are at Chicago Booth.”  As the first GBC event of the school year, the arcade mixer did just that.  It was a great way for 1Y and 2Y students to meet, mix, and mingle while sporting ’80s attire, enjoying food and beverages, and jamming out to our favorite throwback tunes.  In its second year, the event has become a favorite among students.  Check it out!

From Business Idea to Reality

Hi readers! My name is Sara Raffa and I’m one of your editors of TBE. I’m also a second year student here at Booth, pursuing a not so traditional path of entrepreneurship – more specifically, building my own start-up. Throughout this past year at Booth, I’ve taken my business from just an idea in a journal to an actual company, and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.

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Hiking and Reflecting

Sweat drips down my face and I’ve been hiking for two hours. At this point, I’m just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other. Then we get to a clearing and I see majestic rock formations. Time for pictures! Instagram filter, check. Ummm…I’m closing my eyes in this one. Do you mind taking it again? On to the next trail!

While some of my classmates are busy having adventures in Asia, Europe, Africa, I’m in the exotic land of…Illinois! Starved Rock State Park is only two hours away by car and it’s a nice place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. It’s a place not many of my classmates know about, but it’s very familiar to me. I moved to Chicago when I was in high school and have lived here since (except for two years in Korea, 3 months in France, and a summer in Paraguay). As a Booth Experience blogger, some of my posts may cover similar hidden gems in and around Chicago, although I must admit that my fellow Class of 2016 Boothies from other cities have been doing a pretty good job of exploring in just the year they’ve been here!

But that’s not only reason I wanted to write about my hike at Starved Rock State Park. I realized as I was walking that it’s actually a pretty good analogy for MY interpretation of life in business school. For some of you laboring to finish the GMAT or write those essays, it might feel like you’re scaling a mountain and if you just get to the top, it will be smooth sailing from there. As Boothies, we can fall prey to the same thinking (if I just get this perfect internship, I’m set!) What I’ve gradually been realizing during my time here is that it’s more like a long hike through a wooded trail. Yes, there will be highs and lows, and you might change your mind about what you want to do “when you grow up” several times. The great news is that the flexibility at Booth allows you to choose your own trail. You might go left while others go right, but here at Booth, that’s ok!

If you do find that your path is leading you towards Booth, you can look forward to a community that will support you. Even though a large part of why I came to Booth was to transition to a new career path, I know that what I’m learning through my classes, extracurricular activities, and the Booth community, goes beyond just helping me get that first job. I’m gaining skills and making friendships that I can carry throughout the whole rest of my career, and THAT, to answer the question posed by my fellow blogger, Gordon, is why I’m here and not somewhere else.

Meet the New Team via Video

For the past several weeks, all eleven of us on your new TBE team have been hard at work at our internships, and we can’t wait to tell you about those experiences in the coming weeks. We are even more excited to get back to Harper Center to start sharing our perspectives on what it really means to go to Booth – everything from our favorite classes to the unforgettable travel experiences to the amazing community that makes this place so unique.

But in the meantime, we thought it would be fun to introduce ourselves and our stories in a bit more of a personal manner via our video profiles. Continue reading Meet the New Team via Video