Category Archives: Outside the Classroom

My Spring Break in Palestine

If you’d asked me at orientation where I thought I’d spend spring break, I would not have guessed the Occupied Territories of Palestine. I decided to go on Pal-Trek for a few reasons: learn more about the Israel-Palestine conflict, talk to Palestinians to understand their perspective, see the situation for myself and draw my own conclusions, and get to know Palestine beyond the conflict and experience its culture.

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What Do You Believe? Booth’s Religions Forum

Last month, six student panelists came together to discuss their different religions. The World Religions Forum, organized by Catholics at Booth and Latter-Day Saints Student Association, featured a panel of Booth students representing several world religions including Islam, Protestant Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Catholicism, and Mormonism. 

As future leaders in the workplace, it’s crucial that we learn how to create environments where people feel like they can bring their whole selves — including their religion. The World Religions Forum aimed to help us all become better co-workers and friends by understanding the important role that faith plays in the lives of our current and future colleagues.  We asked participants about their takeaways from the event.

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High Growth in Japan

The group trip to Japan has always been a popular one among students for Spring Break. During the week in between second and third quarter, those who sign up for the Japan Trek travel together to multiple cities throughout the country, including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo. This year’s Trek was a special one for multiple reasons. Read more below to find out why!

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Exploring my passion by volunteering at the Shedd Aquarium

Business school offers you the opportunity to have a lot of new experiences. Many are what you’d typically expect: exciting classes, building your leadership skills in a new environment, and traveling with your new friends. Having managed to check all of these boxes during my first year, I wanted to make sure I spent some time during my last year at Booth on things that had personal significance to me. 

With a vibrant passion for the environment and animal-welfare, I explored different options of getting-involved with the Chicago community that focused in these areas. Through my research I found volunteer opportunities at the Shedd Aquarium. I’ve always been fascinated with aquariums because of how they can transport you to another world that’s supposed to be inaccessible, yet there it is in front of you on the other side of the glass. Because of this, I was extremely excited for the opportunity to volunteer.

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