During orientation at Booth, we had the opportunity to hear from Booth Alumni from a variety of different backgrounds. Their number one advice to us was about the importance of taking risks while in school. Turns out, we may have taken that advice a bit too seriously. This past summer, we gathered the courage to forego a traditional summer internship in order to start a company. It was an experience that far surpassed our expectations.
If you asked people what is Booth’s predominant concentration, you would likely get an answer like Finance or Economics. With the award-winning faculty in each of those departments and the history of the University of Chicago, it’s not hard to understand why. But many are surprised to find that the most popular concentration chosen by Boothies is actually Entrepreneurship. Read more to find out why.
There is no better time than now to be an entrepreneur at Booth. Students can gain access to industry professionals through the Polsky Center, learn from seasoned veterans in the classroom, and partner with classmates to compete in the New Venture Challenge—one of the top-ranked accelerator programs in the country. Inspired by a trip with 350 of our closest Boothie friends, Moises Numa and Andreina Chacin, members of the Class of 2019, decided to focus their entrepreneurial spirit on an industry all Boothies become very familiar with… travel.
I was born in Boston and raised in Connecticut, but I always felt drawn to the Midwest. Growing up, I immersed myself in the performing arts, always wanting to expand my horizons and try something new. I went to Boston College for undergrad, graduating with degrees in accounting and philosophy. I then co-founded a reusable water bottle company called Maji. I transitioned to consulting after that, and the Big 4 stayed in my life as I transitioned from audit to advisory at Ernst & Young. After a while, I felt the itch to return to the educational environment that I loved so much, and I eventually found my way into the school of my dreams, Chicago Booth.
My first impression of Booth was its grounding in experiential learning. Because of my experience launching a start up, I was interested in learning more about and partnering with individuals from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.