From the first day I walked through the doors of Harper Center last summer, I may have heard “why are you here and not somewhere else?” about a thousand times. And if you haven’t heard this Booth mantra yet… you definitely will. In fact, this mantra is even a popular installation of the infamous Chicago Booth art collection. Simply put, this is the million dollar question. Imagine me before B-school… I’m in a room of around 500 Zambian students; all bright, eager and vulnerable. My Kucetekela team only have a year to develop applications that will further the education of Zambian generations to follow. I am teary eyed because of the cycle of academic inefficiency and inaccessibility that breeds poverty from the lowest to the highest levels in developing nations. I am faced with selecting the “talented tenth,” having to leave behind the other portion of Zambia’s student population without the proper solution. I raise my head, dry my eyes, and pray for the many students the startup’s efforts cannot reach. I am hopeful that if some succeed, each student can support many others.
Pushya is an incoming second year at Booth, majoring in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, curious about the startup scene in Chicago and originally from India. She is the People Editor and a writer for Chicago Business (ChiBus), Booth’s student-run newspaper, and a TBE guest blogger. Her following story appeared in a recent issue of ChiBus.
For a pitch that went right before lunch, in a packed C25, which does not otherwise turn warm, Team Maestro was fervent in it’s purpose, confident of the focus on the young achiever market and extremely excited about the engineering marvel they brought to demo, all the while talking about good food. Putting their product where the mouth is, Team Maestro defied Murphy’s Law and put on a live demonstration of their product- all the judges got a taste of what the Maestro machine can cook and Dean Kumar got a full portion, in no way detracting from the eventual outcome.
Because Everyone Feels Like a Baboon Sometimes: On Failure, Resilience and Gratitude
A few weeks ago, I read a great article about mental health during the MBA, and how emotional and psychological struggles are frequently left unvoiced or untreated.
Deeply imbedded is the idea of failure, particularly as it relates to employment (ah, the all-important internship recruiting cycle…) and academic performance. So many people in the community here at Booth are legitimate rockstars, having succeeded at everything practically from the womb. That, coupled with the investment we put into coming here, from a professional, personal and financial perspective, make every stumble feel like a fall, and every fall feel like a catastrophe.
Congratulations to all of the Round 1 admits, and good luck to everyone who applied Round 2! A few weeks ago, I posted a few questions I think every early career candidate should ask themselves before applying to an MBA program. As you consider which school is right for an MBA, now is a great time to turn the tables and ask key questions of the programs you’re considering. Here are three I think are critically important: