Category Archives: Partners and Family

How to Date a Boothie (while in Boston)

My partner (TBE Blogger Eli Feret) and I both started grad school at the same time, halfway across the country from each other. While I pursue my Masters of Social Work at Boston College and he pursues his MBA at Chicago Booth, our time spent apart is usually packed with classes, projects, and get-togethers with classmates turned friends.

When I tell people I’m in this long-distance relationship, the most common response is: “Oh, that must be so hard.” There are certainly times when being in a long-distance relationship while pursuing different grad degrees has been challenging, but it has also been empowering and exciting.

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The Booth (Partners) Experience

It’s pretty crazy how fast time in Chicago has passed. I remember first moving here with Justin and feeling nervous, not knowing what to expect. It was also my first time leaving Texas. I honestly expected Justin wouldn’t really have much time to spend with me (which proved not to be true); that he’d be busy with recruiting and Booth events, leaving me at home.

So, I made sure to not be a homebody— I told myself I needed to be very proactive when I moved here and joined the Booth Partners Club almost immediately. I joined in on some of the Booth festivities whenever open to partners of students. A few TNDCs have been attended… (much to my regret the morning after). I went to as many events as I could to make friends. I wanted to make sure I had a good network of my own while living in Chicago.

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Share the love: V-DAY inspired experiences at Booth

While business school might not seem like the most romantic place on earth, Chicago Booth is full of surprises. Looking back at this week at Booth, I got to participate in two stellar events that turned my Valentine’s week into the most memorable to date.

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A Day in the Life: A Booth Couple Edition

It seemed like any other weekday when our tiny household received two game-changing phone calls. Within 90 minutes, each of us was contacted by Chicago Booth’s Admissions bearing the dream news: “You’re in!” We knew it straight away; life would never be the same.

Nearing matriculation, we decided on our student couple mission statement: Grow individually, without growing apart. To us, Booth’s flexible curriculum and “build your own adventure” approach provide the perfect setting to do so. Our photo journal offers a glimpse into a typical action-packed day in the life of a Boothie couple. Hold tight, this will be a quite a ride!
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And on Fridays….we LPF!

Note: LPF stands for Liquidity Preference Function….in true Boothie fashion, a play on words on two of our great passions, drinks and investments!

LPF is a weekly social tradition here at Booth that I really love.  On Friday afternoons, students, faculty, and staff come together to celebrate the end of week over food and drinks in the Winter Garden.  Typically, a student group will sponsor the week’s LPF and the food, decorations or entertainment will reflect the interests of that group.  For example, one of the first LPFs of the year featured “All Things Chicago” with deep-dish pizza, Italian beef, hot dogs, and popcorn.  The Retail and Luxury Group raffled prizes for Lo & Sons bags and had a presentation on the future of retail.  AudioBooth, our music-lovers group, hosted an off-campus LPF where student bands performed.

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