Category Archives: Outside the Classroom

How to Run a 500 Student Hunger Games (with Maximum Fun & Minimal Injuries)

As a capstone to Orientation+, Booth’s almost 600 First Years (1Ys) engage in an epic evening of athletic and physical competition. Off the wave of the Triwizard Tournament at LOR (the 3 day, 2 night Leadership Orientation Retreat), defeated cohorts Davis, Gargoyles, Harper, Maroons, Nobels, Phoenix, Stuart, and Walker were itching for a rematch while victors Bond and Rockefeller were ready to defend their titles at any cost.

The Graduate Business Council (GBC), Booth’s student government, hosts community events such as these to build camaraderie and spirit amongst various large groups (years, cohorts*, affinity, etc) on campus. I’ll take you through the end-to-end planning process for how we made sure this event ran smoothly.

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Worldwide Booth Night: A Country Captain’s Perspective

On September 14, the Chicago Booth community came together in 100+ cities around the world for a celebration of school pride and the values that make Booth so unique. In case you are not familiar, this global mega-event is a school tradition that stretches from Austin, TX to Zurich, Switzerland on a single evening of events and fun called Worldwide Booth Night.

Tel Aviv, my hometown in Israel, also hosted a Worldwide Booth Night this year. Oh, what a night it was. Dozens of accomplished Israeli Booth alumni enjoyed dinner, networking, and lectures by key Israeli figures.

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$1 Billion Real Confidence Challenge

Over the course of last year, a team of our fellow Boothies took on a $1 billion challenge against several other universities to see which school could best invest the theoretical sum of money in commercial real estate. The Booth team’s unique strategy beat out the rest of the Real Confidence University Challenge participants and earned them the $30,000 grand prize (in real money). The Booth team returned 23.86% on their portfolio over the course of the year and cleared the runner up of 32 teams by 4.80%. Hear what a couple of the team members have to say about their winning two-point approach and how Booth set them up for success.

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What It’s Like to Lead a Booth Random Walk

Every year, around 400 First Years (1Ys) go on a Random Walk with a group of classmates they will have just met for the first time. The international excursions combine cultural experiences, nightlife, relaxation, and outdoor adventures to flex Boothies out of their comfort zone and offer opportunities to form lasting friendships (fellow TBEer Eli and I both went on the Mystery Random Walk our first year).

Each group of 12-14 1Ys is accompanied by four Second Year trip leaders (~120 from the entire 2Y class). While some of our classmates may think we leaders just can’t let go of our first yearafter going to work this summer, I never want school to endand want to relive our adventures from last year; I can assure you a little more goes into guiding the experience than just doing another random Random Walk.

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Reflections from my first year at Booth

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.

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