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MEET THE CHICAGO BOOTH CLASS OF 2019

This fall, the Chicago Booth community welcomed 582 first-year students who are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. As always, Booth’s student body covers a wide array of industries and functions, and no two Boothies are alike. All at the same time, there’s a common theme that ties students together. According to Kurt Ahlm, Booth’s Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions, it’s being “life-long learners who are always open, exploring, and never satisfied.”

We invite you to dive into what makes Booth unique through 11 in-depth profiles of remarkable students, published on Poets & Quants, the world’s leading MBA website. Through this overview, you can see how diverse the paths are leading to Booth and hopefully, find a story that resonates with yours. You can also learn about how the Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA Program is a great fit to a U.S. Navy Special Warfare Officer, a retired NFL Athlete, and a Sony Product Manager who led The Chainsmokers’ international marketing.

Thanks to those inspirational 11 individuals getting introspective and candid about their journeys and motivations, we not only get a glimpse into Booth’s qualitative edge, but also are reminded of the Chicago Booth primal question: “Why are you here and not somewhere else?”

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Worldwide Booth Night: A Country Captain’s Perspective

On September 14, the Chicago Booth community came together in 100+ cities around the world for a celebration of school pride and the values that make Booth so unique. In case you are not familiar, this global mega-event is a school tradition that stretches from Austin, TX to Zurich, Switzerland on a single evening of events and fun called Worldwide Booth Night.

Tel Aviv, my hometown in Israel, also hosted a Worldwide Booth Night this year. Oh, what a night it was. Dozens of accomplished Israeli Booth alumni enjoyed dinner, networking, and lectures by key Israeli figures.

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$1 Billion Real Confidence Challenge

Over the course of last year, a team of our fellow Boothies took on a $1 billion challenge against several other universities to see which school could best invest the theoretical sum of money in commercial real estate. The Booth team’s unique strategy beat out the rest of the Real Confidence University Challenge participants and earned them the $30,000 grand prize (in real money). The Booth team returned 23.86% on their portfolio over the course of the year and cleared the runner up of 32 teams by 4.80%. Hear what a couple of the team members have to say about their winning two-point approach and how Booth set them up for success.

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Reflections from my first year at Booth

Today marks a year since I moved to Chicago to pursue my MBA at Booth. I remember feeling excited about this new chapter but also feeling anxious about all the unknowns. I had created a list of what I thought to be the most important things to accomplish: classes I would take, student organizations I would join, and companies I would apply to, etc… But as I reflect on my first year, I realize that it wasn’t always the activities I took part in that I remember most today, rather it’s the people I shared those experiences with. Here’s a look at a couple of my most memorable ones.

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Booth Startup Summer

This summer, 24 members of the Class of 2019 got a head start to their Booth experience through the pre-MBA program called Startup Summer. Across the globe, soon-to-be Booth students were paired with Booth-founded startups to explore their entrepreneurial function and industry goals. Cofounded by Booth alumna Andrea Sreshta, ’16, LuminAID is a women-founded Chicago-based startup that makes solar-powered inflatable lanterns for disaster relief and outdoor recreation. Find out what incoming Booth students Erich Bao, Jessica Goldberg, and Michael Hull had to say about their experience at LuminAID, and how it will impact their time at Booth going forward.

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