Category Archives: Diversity

Veterans at Booth Enjoy the Tradition of “Dining Out”

For veterans at Chicago Booth, one event stands out among the myriad cocktail hours, dinners, and Liquidity Preference Functions (LPFs) that comprise the MBA social experience. That hallmark event is, of course, Dining Out.

Those unfamiliar with military traditions might find the event’s title a bit strange, perhaps literal even, but Dining Outs (and their equally creatively-named cousins, Dining Ins) both feature strongly in military culture. Dining Ins traditionally consist only of military service members. They often occur just before or after combat deployments and entail a degree of silliness to counter the seriousness of our daily jobs. Dining Out differs in that significant others are invited to join, and the silliness is somewhat toned-down.

For most of the veterans at Booth, Dining Out is a piece of the familiar in what can be a new and strange place. Most of us could not have distinguished a credit from a debit before Booth, and would have assumed that an “efficient market” meant less than five minutes in line at the store. While we are all hopefully past that point now, it is still great to dust off the old traditions and have a time of fellowship and fun.

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Double a Maroon, Always a Marine

Fall on Hyde Park’s campus looks familiar to me. I lived here for four years here as an undergraduate studying economics. But a lot has changed for me since the last time I walked the Midway or grabbed lunch at the Medici. I spent the last four and half years in the Marine Corps, stationed in Hawaii and deploying around Asia as an Intelligence Officer.

Transitioning to civilian life and Booth has been a lot of fun, but jumping into the b-school trifecta of academics, social events and recruiting has had it’s challenges, too (not to mention working on growing my hair to a civilian length!). As I celebrated Veteran’s Day at the Armed Forces Dining Out with over 120 current and alumni Booth veterans last weekend, I thought a lot about how great it’s been to have the Armed Forces Group (AFG)— one of campus’s tightest knit support networks on campus— to lean on along the way.

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Learning Community from a Nobel Laureate

Last month, I attended the 36th Annual Fogel Dinner, along with scores of students, alumni, and staff from across the Chicago Booth community. Named in honor of the professor and Nobel laureate Robert Fogel, the Fogel dinner has become a time-honored tradition and a symbol of diversity and inclusion at Booth. Professor Fogel was an advocate for building community at the University of Chicago, especially for the under-represented and marginalized groups, such as African Americans.

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Travelling with locals – Discovering Lebanon

Roughly 30% of Booth’s full-time program is composed of international students, hailing from all corners of the earth. Over the years, international students have planned “unofficial treks” to their home countries and invited fellow Boothies along for a glimpse of their rich cultures, customs, and stomping grounds.

Before heading back to Chicago to start classes, I travelled to Lebanon with a group of 11 2Ys for a week-long country tour. My classmates, Jad Houry and Stephanie Saade, grew up in Beirut and were the perfect guides to show us all that Lebanon has to offer. We got the opportunity to not only visit Lebanon, but experience the country through the eyes of locals.

And what better way to share this Booth experience than to show you?

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Being an Introvert in the MBA

Last year, TBE blogger Oma Nwabudike posted an article about being an introverted MBA student. It turned out to be one of our most-read blog posts of all time! 

Whichever way you lean on the Myers-Briggs scale, this is a raw look into how the less extroverted types thrive in the business school environment, especially at Booth.

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