What’s it like to be a student at Booth? Take a look at a day of waking up in MPP, taking the 7:48AM Metra to Hyde Park with all your friends, class, group meetings, coffee and cookies with Dean Kole, attending Booth Stories, a little afternoon fro-yo from Kovler, studying in the “Harry Potter” library (not its official name), metra back, band practice at Music Garage to get ready for LollapaBOOTHa, play in the Running with the Bulls game versus Kellogg at the United Center, head over to Trivia Night in Old Town with your crew. Repeat.
Chicago has been called a “City of Neighborhoods” due to the development of ethnic enclaves as the city grew ever larger in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Today you still find vestiges of that time in names like Ukrainian Village, Chinatown, and Greektown. If you are looking for a neighborhood feel in Chicago – and by that I mean residential areas, where you can walk tree-lined streets with central business corridors – you have a lot of options.
The energy from my team is exultant. They’ve just announced the winners for the 3rd Annual MBA Pitch Competition at SXSW Interactive – and we, Riviter, took first place! One of the judges, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Texas, approaches and asks which business school we’re from. “Chicago Booth,” one of us replies. “Oh,” he says, grinning. “I should’ve guessed. That’s where all of the entrepreneurs I meet are from these days.”
That makes me proud – because, slight allowance for hyperbole aside, he’s right.
Way back in 2012, I came to Chicago for my admissions interview. My former coworker, Dave, was at Booth and launching a start-up. He knew I was interested in entrepreneurship, so the night before my interview he took me to SeedCon 2012, an annual conference hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club. I arrived just in time to hear the opening keynote from the founder of Alinea, Continue reading A Reflection on the SXSW MBA Pitch Competition
If you have ever wondered about Chicago Booth’s campus community dynamic, given that our school is in a large metropolitan city, you should check out where, what, and who comprises our everyday life in downtown Chicago.
As you probably know, each class at Booth is divided into 10 cohorts. We spend the first month of school our first year with our cohorts in Orientation+ (of which LEAD is a big component). Then throughout the year, we have events and competitions organized by cohorts: The Golden Gargoyles Film Competition and Awards Night, a Field Day style competition at Windy City Field House, trivia nights, a Booth Beach Olympics in the spring, etc.