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Best Booth Moment: Realizing my professor exists outside of class

Booth students share their favorite stories about engaging with faculty out of class as our Best Booth Moment series continues.

“What are you running away from?” A profound question from a MacArthur Fellow (a certified “genius”) that left me stumped. But not for too long.

There seem to be two sets of people currently around me: those who ask why I came to Booth and those who have firsthand seen my passion for economics in classes or at talks. The reasons that led me to leave India’s top law school to attend Wellesley College also led me to move continents once again to join Booth; these included the desire to better understand human decision-making and the ability to work anywhere in the world. When I was accepted to Booth, I felt overwhelming excitement at the prospect of learning from the world’s leading economists. Learning that Sendhil Mullainathan would be joining the UChicago faculty only added to the fervor.

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Best Booth Moment: Building (and celebrating) our New Venture

As our Best Booth Moment series continues, we hear stories from students about how they interact with Booth faculty outside of the classroom.

While at Booth, I have had the opportunity to take a variety of courses covering the spectrum of business school topics taught through many different styles and approaches by my professors. During the winter quarter, I was enrolled in Building the New Venture with Professor Lindsey Lyman, one of the many experiential, entrepreneurship classes offered at Booth. The experience proved to be a great opportunity for our team to connect with our professor outside of the classroom setting.

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Best Booth Moment: Belgian Beers on a Sunday Evening

Our Best Booth Moment series continues with students telling us about their favorite interactions with Booth faculty outside of the classroom.

Each year during the Booth Winter Formal, the Giving Something Back club runs a charity silent auction with several items up for bid. One of the packages this year was an evening of Belgian Beer Tasting with professors Chad Syverson (Competitive Strategy) and Marianne Bertrand (The Firm and the Non-Market Environment). A small group of students bid collectively to win the package, and then invited others to join them at the event (including me)! Though I didn’t get a chance to learn from either of these professors in an official classroom setting during my time at Booth, I jumped at the opportunity to casually chat with a couple of brilliant professors in a more relaxed environment. Though I didn’t get a chance to learn from either of these professors in an official classroom setting during my time at Booth, I jumped at the opportunity to casually chat with a couple of brilliant professors in a more relaxed environment.  

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Best Booth Moment: Rajan vs Rajan – The Squash Game that Wasn’t

Our Best Booth Moment Series continues with students sharing their favorite memories of Booth faculty outside of the classroom.

When I arrived at Booth I never expected to pit myself in fierce competition against any professor. Much less Professor Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and former Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. And, most importantly, amateur squash player.

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The Pets of Booth

Business school can be stressful. It ain’t always easy juggling group projects, recruiting, studying and socializing. Sometimes the best way to relax is to go home, kick up your feet, and spend some quality time with the one friend that will never let you down… your pet.

Here are some of the pets at Booth that keep our whole community smiling!

  • Joey Barrick ('20) and Katie Barrick love spending time in Mila with Auggie aka their fur baby.
  • Auggie the Beagle poses for a regal shot by the Buckingham Fountain taken by pal Marisa Vavruska ('19).
  • Here's Auggie again, this time sneaking into the Harper Center! Shh don't tell Dean Kole.
  • Elise Hogan ('19) has kept busy while at Booth, especially when it comes to caring for her snakes. Here is BB-8, the Kenyan Sand Boa. May the Force be with you.
  • Here is Elise's second snake, Bella the Rosy Boa, about to go for a quick dip.
  • Last but certainly not least, here is Elise's third snake Buster the Okeetee Corn Snake.
  • Bentzi, Roi Kessler's pup ('19), has become arguably more popular than Roi himself.
  • Bentzi wanted to join Roi and the Booth Right crew in Israel for Spring Break 2019. Here is Bentzi chilling on the beach in Tel Aviv.
  • Calvin and Hobbes maintain the apartment while Aziz ('19) and Nikki Munir are out and about during the day.
  • Lily Orlin ('20) always has a full house with her three pets. Here is Bella looking happy? hungry? excited? Probably all the above.
  • Commodore loves exploring Lily's apartment. No corner goes unnoticed.
  • Hank wraps up Lily's trio. Hank loves his treats... well earned given his two feline roommates.
  • Coco keeps his eyes on the prize when walking with Max Tabb ('19).
  • Jax is a retired service dog but still loves keeping busy with Erik Riley ('19) and Angela Cervantes.
  • Meet Jolene McFurmanneny! (fur daughter of Liz Furman ('20) and Alex McAnneny).
  • Lincoln is so happy spending time outdoors and having deep conversations with Candace Tkac ('19).
  • With all that fur, Moose may be the only one who likes Chicago winters more than summers, but he still appeases Sean ('19) and Lindsay Smith with walks through the park.
  • Pippa the Corgi lives the good life with her friend Christina Bachtina ('20).
  • Rizzo is so adorable and loves snuggle time with Zach Ring ('19).
  • Teddy Fox loves hanging out with the Booth community, reading Shakespeare, and going to birthday parties with other Booth pups (as featured on the cover page!) Oh, and Teddy loves his friends Katie ('20) and Sam Fox as well.
  • Texas was just as excited about the move from her home state... Texas... to Chicago as her owner's Chris ('19) and Sura Giuffreda.
  • Although Texas prefers the indoors, she still loves making new friends!
  • Trent loves spending time with Ryan Waldorf's ('19) friends in MPP!
  • Dexter loves stealing the blankets from Allison Kahn ('19) in Mila.
  • Dexter dreaming of warmer days by the lake. Don't worry Dexter, summer is always just around the corner.
  • Here is Button, pet friend of Gal Amran ('19).
  • Last but not least, here is Paul Veiga's ('19) succulent.