Category Archives: Diversity

From The Other Side

Many of you come to this site with a goal of learning more about what’s it’s like to be a student at Chicago Booth, and hopefully throughout the year we’ve been able to provide plenty of information in that domain.  Much of what we write about is intended to give you insight into The Booth Experience (ohh, that’s the reason for the site name!), and even a tip or two for what to say in the interview room.

One of the aspects of Booth that I hadn’t previously considered when I started my first year back in August 2015 was what it was like to sit on the other side of the table as applicants filed in one after the other.  I interviewed on campus so I did meet with a student, but I guess it sort of slipped my mind that these roles needed to be filled by upcoming classes.

After spending the last year as an Admissions Fellow, I can finally look back on what that ride has been like.  What started as a fairly competitive process for being selected is now ending with a chance to pass along the responsibilities to the next great batch of students in the Class of 2018.  It’s been a really fun experience, and an influential one in terms of my progression while at Booth.

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THE EXTROVERT’S TAKE ON THE MBA

I never considered myself as an extrovert. That is,  until my wife pointed out the differences between us—claiming that we are situated quite far apart on the extrovert / introvert spectrum, hence fueled by very different things. This got me thinking about the matter and its connection to the MBA.

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NVC Series – Company Profile: Waaves

And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make

I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she’d do it again…

The song that missed the Oscars by a little says a lot about NVC.

While LemonBox fulfills ours needs to be healthy, we need more music to be happy.  For all musicians and fans out there, Waaves could be your Seine.  When JC Chang was writing the account below about his idea and the team, he did not know if Waaves would be selected or not on that Thursday. Reading the following, I have no doubt that even if the team didn’t make the cut, he’d do it again… Fast forward and Waaves was selected to compete in NVC, but I think it is important to give credit to everyone who submitted a feasibility summary: “the hearts that break and the mess we make” lead to our future success. Here’s what JC has to say about his company’s NVC journey so far…

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NVC Series – Company Profile: LemonBox

Two weeks ago, we started the NVC Series by laying out what you can expect to see. One of the components we want to show is the variety of the businesses involved in the competition — in terms of industry, stage, and management team.  To provide a little flavor, throughout the competition we will introduce a few teams from various angles, such as their business ideas, the feelings of the team members during the competition, and lessons learned. We believe it is more interesting and authentic to tell the story with a first person narrative… So here is the first sip of the “juice”: LemonBox from one of the founders, Cindy Nan, ’17.

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A Campus of Colors: The Value of Global Diversity

There’s a certain irreplaceable benefit we gain from being in diverse communities.  It helps us think more broadly, consider opinions other than our own, and develop solutions to problems we may not have exposure to otherwise.  Here at Booth, our diversity is experienced in the variety of different perspectives, interests, and backgrounds of our students, faculty, and alumni, including our vast international community.

I myself am usually excited to tell people I was born outside of the United States.  It’s a distinguishing factor, a characteristic that makes me unique.  It has always helped add value in my ability to engage and connect with peers.  In fact, it has become a deep source of pride because my multi-cultural upbringing is very much attributable to who I am as a person.

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