The starting line of a race is always tense. Everyone is a bit too tightly packed in which adds to the tension as the competitors size each other up. As a co-chair of Booth’s Golf Club, I knew that attending this unconventional outing is an annual Booth Golf tradition. Back on the starting line, contestants scanned the crowd and realized who their main competition would be. My group of Boothies had been in line since 6:00 AM, so we were anxious to get going.
At 7:00 AM, the front groups got the signal and the race was on. Next to me, the guy in the Romphim quickly sidestepped the guy wearing the “Saturdays are For the Boys” flag like a cape but was deftly blocked at the pass by the girl in the sundress. Of course, as you may have guessed by now, we were at no ordinary race. We were at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, often described as “The Greatest Show on Grass.”
Continue reading “The Biggest Party in Golf” with the Booth Golf Club
A team of physics PhDs works tirelessly in an isolated bunker under the UChicago quadrangle, unrelenting in their quest to uncover the universal secrets of quantum mechanics. Nearby at the Oriental Institute, lifelong archaeologists (likely wearing fedoras and wielding leather bullwhips) push day and night to make sense of ancient hieroglyphics etched by a civilization long extinct from this world.
Meanwhile, over at the Harper Center, a new first-year student asks a friend, “what’s this crop circle I keep hearing about?” It’s not the Martian invasion – it’s round 2 of the official Boothie Decoder Ring!
Continue reading Decoding the Booth Dictionary (Episode II)
Why am I here and not somewhere else? I think this question is my constant reminder to keep striving toward my goals and to create change. I came to Chicago Booth, because I truly felt that only here could I explore my ideas and have the resources necessary to ensure their success. The ability to follow your passions and to create new initiatives is endless so long as you have the drive to see the work through. I knew that Booth would give me both the opportunity and the toolkit to create and lead in the capacity that I wanted whether instituting a student group, launching a business venture, or establishing a never before visited Random Walk destination.
For me, this type of leadership involves constantly affecting change. I believe that when I see a problem, I can and should work to implement a solution to solve for the problem. It is up to me to be the change—not someone else.
Continue reading Introducing: Random Walk New Orleans
Going through Booth’s LEAD program once can bring people together. Going through it twice, builds even deeper relationships. And traveling to the other side of the world together for one of the biggest events of a lifetime ensures lifelong friendships.
As a second year LEAD facilitator, you dedicate two quarters of your Booth experience to creating and learning content, which you then deliver to the incoming Class during Orientation. Between your cohort squad and your work-group squads, you spend an incredible amount of time with the same sets of people.
Continue reading LEAD Goes to India
When I transitioned from military to MBA, I thought I’d left the world of acronyms and confusing organizational lingo behind me. Little did I know, Chicago Booth was ready for me with a whole new set of idiosyncratic slang.
Here’s a few of my favorites:
Boothie (noun) – a current or former student at Chicago Booth. The term itself is almost universally hated because of its “cutesie” nature, and yet we all continue to use it.
Note: You might think that Boothie or Boothy could also be used as an adjective, but the correct way to describe the level at which someone displays Booth-like qualities is actually Boothie-ness. I’m not making this up.
Continue reading Decoding the Booth Dictionary (Episode I)