When thinking about what we wish we had known while applying for MBA programs, the team had a lot of different answers and advice. Here’s our Top 5.
As three of the Poets & Quants “2018 MBAs to Watch,” these Boothies talk about their favorite professors and courses, proudest professional moments, and biggest b-school regrets. They also share their best advice for anyone applying to Chicago Booth’s MBA Program.
I was born in Boston and raised in Connecticut, but I always felt drawn to the Midwest. Growing up, I immersed myself in the performing arts, always wanting to expand my horizons and try something new. I went to Boston College for undergrad, graduating with degrees in accounting and philosophy. I then co-founded a reusable water bottle company called Maji. I transitioned to consulting after that, and the Big 4 stayed in my life as I transitioned from audit to advisory at Ernst & Young. After a while, I felt the itch to return to the educational environment that I loved so much, and I eventually found my way into the school of my dreams, Chicago Booth.
My first impression of Booth was its grounding in experiential learning. Because of my experience launching a start up, I was interested in learning more about and partnering with individuals from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
I grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey and went to Rutgers for undergrad so I’ll always be a jersey girl at heart. After college, I worked in NYC at Barclays in Electronic Trading. I chose Booth for my MBA for lots of reasons, but perhaps most importantly I felt at home with the people here.
I wanted an environment where I felt truly comfortable and a school that presented the ability to meet people who shared my curiosity and thirst for learning. It was also important to me to have a strong academic focus and classroom setting. And Booth has some of the best faculty and curriculum in the world.
I’m a self-described hometown kid—Chicago being my hometown. I grew up in the Northwest suburbs and attended the University of Chicago for undergrad, majoring in economics. At UChicago, I realized my passion for learning and my interest in using data to explain the world.
These led me to pursue strategy consulting, where every few weeks I learned about new industries and evaluated different business problems. After a couple years, I transitioned to a growth-oriented private equity firm, where I focused on software and technology investments.
Now at Booth, I’ve tried to immerse myself in new experiences and challenges. Through both professional and academic avenues, I’ve explored tech, startups, VC, innovation, marketing, and leadership. I’m spending this summer as an MBA Business Planning Intern at Microsoft, where I hope to learn how large technology companies innovate and bring products to market.