Category Archives: Pay it Forward

Before you click SUBMIT: Thoughts for Round 2 Applicants

I still remember how stressful it was to submit my application for Chicago Booth. Agonizing over every detail, wondering what will tip the scales for the admissions committee, scanning Poets & Quants for insights, refreshing Clear Admit every 1.3 seconds or so—all while working a full-time job!

It’s exhausting. And with Round 2 applications due on January 3rd, I wanted to share my personal experiences on a few questions that I frequently chat about with prospective students preparing for essays and interviews…

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The Net Impact Conference: Exploring a career in Social Impact

As a first year MBA student, it’s easy to get swept away by singling in on consulting or investment banking recruiting. However, for me, as the recruiting process kicked into high gear at the end of October, the Net Impact 2017 Conference was a refreshing opportunity for me to join like-minded individuals dedicated to arriving at careers focused in social impact.

A dozen of us Booth students took the trip to Atlanta, GA, the site of this year’s conference, to learn about our “Path to Purpose,” this year’s theme for the annual social impact event. If the conference provided the “path,” the Booth Net Impact co-chairs were our mountain guides.

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First few months full of First-time experiences

The first three months in Booth gave me so many “First-time ever experiences.” I am busier than when I was as an investment banker!

Surprisingly, there are so many “First-time ever experiences” since I started my Booth journey this summer. It is more than expected that there is so much going on in Booth! As I was an investment banker before coming to Booth, I got used to being busy. However, I have been overwhelmed by the life in Booth and have to manage my time allocation more than ever (in a good way). Let me share with you some highlights from my Booth Experience so far this first quarter!

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Camaraderie and Community: Veterans Day at Booth

What makes Chicago Booth such a special place to be a veteran?

You might guess it’s our unlimited Yellow Ribbon Scholarships that help veterans finance the transition from military to MBA. Or it could be Eric Gleacher’s 2016 donation of $10 Million earmarked to fund veterans’ scholarships.

These are both notable, but to me what makes Booth truly special is the incredible community and camaraderie found among the 82 veterans currently here, and within the hundreds of veterans in our alumni network. It’s a culture that makes you feel warm and welcomed while ensuring that your dreams receive all the support possible from those in a position to help.

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Phase II of My Leadership Development Journey at Booth

One of the major draws to Booth for me was its structured program that would allow me to work on my “soft” skills (or as Booth’s Leadership Development office calls them, “action” skills), like teamwork, public speaking, and leadership.  The Leadership, Effectiveness And Development (LEAD) program at the beginning of my first year allowed me to do just that: I had a chance to study how my personality affects my leadership style, understand the default role I tend to play within a team, and practice giving a persuasive speech to my classmates.

These skills and insights were immensely valuable and came into play for me numerous times throughout my first year and my summer internship.  So I decided that being a leadership facilitator in my second year would be a perfect way for me to “pay it forward,” while continuing to work on my own leadership skills.

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