Today marks a year since I moved to Chicago to pursue my MBA at Booth. I remember feeling excited about this new chapter but also feeling anxious about all the unknowns. I had created a list of what I thought to be the most important things to accomplish: classes I would take, student organizations I would join, and companies I would apply to, etc… But as I reflect on my first year, I realize that it wasn’t always the activities I took part in that I remember most today, rather it’s the people I shared those experiences with. Here’s a look at a couple of my most memorable ones.
This summer, 24 members of the Class of 2019 got a head start to their Booth experience through the pre-MBA program called Startup Summer. Across the globe, soon-to-be Booth students were paired with Booth-founded startups to explore their entrepreneurial function and industry goals. Cofounded by Booth alumna Andrea Sreshta, ’16, LuminAID is a women-founded Chicago-based startup that makes solar-powered inflatable lanterns for disaster relief and outdoor recreation. Find out what incoming Booth students Erich Bao, Jessica Goldberg, and Michael Hull had to say about their experience at LuminAID, and how it will impact their time at Booth going forward.
International travel is a popular passion for many Boothies and if I had a plan to visit any location in the world, I’m sure I could find a classmate who could give me a recommendation in the area. So, when I read in our class GroupMe that a small group of my classmates were interested in taking a weekend road trip to the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio area over the 4th of July weekend, I was honestly shocked. “With all the travel opportunities available here, why on EARTH would anyone want to visit Cleveland or Akron?” I thought to myself.
However, like any other Clevelander, I’m passionate about where I’m from and could show them things they wouldn’t find on a travel site. I conveniently did not yet have plans for the weekend, so I immediately offered to be their tour guide.
This #TBT is a throwback to Booth Follies—a show organized, produced and performed by Booth students. Follies is everything you’d imagine—punny skits, hilarious short movies, and extraordinary performances. Boothies get the opportunity to step outside their case studies, their financial models, and their cover letters to showcase their artistic abilities.
As a dancer and choreographer in the show myself, I loved the new community of Boothies I was able to create through the practices, rehearsals, and show. The range of our experiences ran the gamut—from competitive dancers to people who were stepping on stage for the first time in their lives! The diversity and talent in the class was nothing short of incredible.
One of the 2016-2017 Follies leads and performers, Sheetal R. Bhaskarabhatla, shares her firsthand account of this long-running Booth tradition. Plus, extra kudos to Sheetal for being our first guest blogger during the new TBE “regime”!
Packing for my internship in California, I faced mixed emotions. On the one hand, I secured my dream internship and looked forward to exposing myself to the world’s hub of innovation: Silicon Valley. On the other hand, I was worried about departing from Chicago, a place I call home. “Will the Booth community and brand be as strong elsewhere?” – I asked myself. I have learned many new things during this fantastic summer, and here are some of my revelations about Booth.