Category Archives: Outside the Classroom

My Booth Experience: BoothEd

One of the hallmarks of your Booth Experience will be involvement in clubs and groups on campus.  Some are career-oriented, others have an athletic flavor, and further more may pique a special interest of yours.  In this guest post, 2Y student Chun Ying Wang reflects on her time as a member and eventual co-chair of BoothEd, a group who’s mission is to further the professional and personal interests of Chicago Booth students in the education sector.

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Compare and Contrast: 1Y vs. 2Y At Booth

I remember one of the weirdest sensations of business school being that I was now a part of a 500+ group of grownups who were set and ready to make friends with one another like it was the first day of 5th grade.  It was something I hadn’t been used to doing in many years having attended a large secondary school that fed from my elementary school, a college that pulled heavily from my high school, and an initial job that was located in the same geographical area I grew up.  While I added handfuls of friends at each juncture, I had never done so in such a holistic and comprehensive manner.

Another related quirk about business school is the length of the timeframe.  At just two years long, it’s one of the shorter graduate programs available and an undoubted reason the experience shapes up as it does.  You spend a fleeting year with the outgoing class and another one with the incoming one, but the bulk of relationship building, memory making, and trip taking happens with classmates in your same graduating year.

As I think about how my time at Booth has shaped up, there is definitely an opportunity to compare and contrast each school year.  Both have virtues that make them unique, and both have had challenges that required hard work, sacrifice, and a whole lot of hope.  I hate to sound like I’m already drafting my sign-off as a student, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (or is it darkness, for having to leave this place?) for me to consider a moment of reflection.  What made each year great?  And what made it different from the other?

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Interview Season is Here!

Ahhhh Internship Interview Season.  Although I am now a second year, I remember it like it was yesterday.   Every first year Boothie is donning that “good” suit, it is a race against the clock to reserve a study room since everyone is doing practice cases or mock interviews, and corporate swag from recruiters is everywhere!!

To be completely honest, my experience was in many ways a series of expectations that did not always line up with reality. Allow me to illustrate with a few examples: Continue reading Interview Season is Here!

Tech Trek Revisited

How time flies! It is the holiday season again. Wondering why last winter in Chicago did not bother me much, I realized that it was this time last year 50 of us embarked an amazing trip to Seattle and the Bay Area – the Booth Tech Trek.

Booth Tech Trek is a student led trip that helps Boothies who are interested in a career in technology explore top tech companies in Seattle and the Bay Area, and to connect with alumni and each other. One of our beloved trek leaders, Vivian, did a great post at the beginning of the year from a trek leader perspective. After going through the summer internship and recruiting, I think it would be interesting to revisit the experience as a participant again and share with you why more and more people are thinking of Booth as an entrepreneurial and tech school.

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Networking 101: Unlocking Relationship Building

The Booth experience (no pun intended) is meant to encompass a lot of things in a short amount of time.  You can take classes with Nobel winning professors, you liaise, and are potentially hired, by some of the world’s premiere companies, and you travel around the globe to fulfill your ‘experiential’ learning component.  But maybe most importantly of all, you build out a tremendous network that stays with you in some capacity for the rest of your life.

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