Category Archives: Partners and Family

Best Booth Moment: Belgian Beers on a Sunday Evening

Our Best Booth Moment series continues with students telling us about their favorite interactions with Booth faculty outside of the classroom.

Each year during the Booth Winter Formal, the Giving Something Back club runs a charity silent auction with several items up for bid. One of the packages this year was an evening of Belgian Beer Tasting with professors Chad Syverson (Competitive Strategy) and Marianne Bertrand (The Firm and the Non-Market Environment). A small group of students bid collectively to win the package, and then invited others to join them at the event (including me)! Though I didn’t get a chance to learn from either of these professors in an official classroom setting during my time at Booth, I jumped at the opportunity to casually chat with a couple of brilliant professors in a more relaxed environment. Though I didn’t get a chance to learn from either of these professors in an official classroom setting during my time at Booth, I jumped at the opportunity to casually chat with a couple of brilliant professors in a more relaxed environment.  

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The Pets of Booth

Business school can be stressful. It ain’t always easy juggling group projects, recruiting, studying and socializing. Sometimes the best way to relax is to go home, kick up your feet, and spend some quality time with the one friend that will never let you down… your pet.

Here are some of the pets at Booth that keep our whole community smiling!

  • Joey Barrick ('20) and Katie Barrick love spending time in Mila with Auggie aka their fur baby.
  • Auggie the Beagle poses for a regal shot by the Buckingham Fountain taken by pal Marisa Vavruska ('19).
  • Here's Auggie again, this time sneaking into the Harper Center! Shh don't tell Dean Kole.
  • Elise Hogan ('19) has kept busy while at Booth, especially when it comes to caring for her snakes. Here is BB-8, the Kenyan Sand Boa. May the Force be with you.
  • Here is Elise's second snake, Bella the Rosy Boa, about to go for a quick dip.
  • Last but certainly not least, here is Elise's third snake Buster the Okeetee Corn Snake.
  • Bentzi, Roi Kessler's pup ('19), has become arguably more popular than Roi himself.
  • Bentzi wanted to join Roi and the Booth Right crew in Israel for Spring Break 2019. Here is Bentzi chilling on the beach in Tel Aviv.
  • Calvin and Hobbes maintain the apartment while Aziz ('19) and Nikki Munir are out and about during the day.
  • Lily Orlin ('20) always has a full house with her three pets. Here is Bella looking happy? hungry? excited? Probably all the above.
  • Commodore loves exploring Lily's apartment. No corner goes unnoticed.
  • Hank wraps up Lily's trio. Hank loves his treats... well earned given his two feline roommates.
  • Coco keeps his eyes on the prize when walking with Max Tabb ('19).
  • Jax is a retired service dog but still loves keeping busy with Erik Riley ('19) and Angela Cervantes.
  • Meet Jolene McFurmanneny! (fur daughter of Liz Furman ('20) and Alex McAnneny).
  • Lincoln is so happy spending time outdoors and having deep conversations with Candace Tkac ('19).
  • With all that fur, Moose may be the only one who likes Chicago winters more than summers, but he still appeases Sean ('19) and Lindsay Smith with walks through the park.
  • Pippa the Corgi lives the good life with her friend Christina Bachtina ('20).
  • Rizzo is so adorable and loves snuggle time with Zach Ring ('19).
  • Teddy Fox loves hanging out with the Booth community, reading Shakespeare, and going to birthday parties with other Booth pups (as featured on the cover page!) Oh, and Teddy loves his friends Katie ('20) and Sam Fox as well.
  • Texas was just as excited about the move from her home state... Texas... to Chicago as her owner's Chris ('19) and Sura Giuffreda.
  • Although Texas prefers the indoors, she still loves making new friends!
  • Trent loves spending time with Ryan Waldorf's ('19) friends in MPP!
  • Dexter loves stealing the blankets from Allison Kahn ('19) in Mila.
  • Dexter dreaming of warmer days by the lake. Don't worry Dexter, summer is always just around the corner.
  • Here is Button, pet friend of Gal Amran ('19).
  • Last but not least, here is Paul Veiga's ('19) succulent.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Partners play a large role in the Booth community. Many decide to move to Chicago while their significant other attends school. Others visit our great city for fun events such as the Winter Formal and Spring Fling. Some are so inspired by the school that they themselves apply and attend Booth!

No matter who you’re spending today with—partner, friend, family, or pet —we wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day. Check out how Partners at Booth have spent their time over the past year!

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Becoming a Father During my MBA

Our daughter was born during the summer between our first and second year of MBA. In the month she was born, people often asked me how I felt being a father. Truth was, I felt immense love towards my daughter right away; but other than that, I wasn’t particularly different from the way I was before.

Just like in many other aspects of life (MBA included), change often happens through a process, not through a single event. It can take a while for us to change, and even longer for us to realize how we have changed. My daughter is now 10 months old, and I can see much more clearly three main ways in which I’ve been transformed.

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Reflections of a Booth MBA: Family, Student, and Alumni Community

As I’m wrapping up my last quarter here at Chicago Booth, my mind is running through a whirlwind of what seems like far-off memories.  The drive from Colorado, first day of classes, investment banking recruiting, trips across the world, and the list goes on.  Contemplating what I imagine will eventually seem like a small glimpse in time, I find myself reflecting on one aspect of this experience that I feel is illustrative of the whole.

My first year at Business School was tough.  Awash with a number of competing tasks—moving to a new city, navigating the waters of recruiting, maintaining a family, nurturing lifelong friendships—it was critical that I had the right network in place to help alleviate some of the stress, so that I may successfully emerge from this experience.  More often than not, I came to find that members of the African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) were more than willing to fill this gap.  AAMBAA has served as more than just a professional resource, it has been my family. 

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