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Booth in the time of covid-19

When I imagined my final quarter at Booth, it looked something like this: I would be relieved of most leadership positions (having passed the torch to the Class of 2021) and finished with my graduation requirements, leaving me to take four purely elective classes (including one at the Law School) and TA for a fifth. I would spend the balance of my time making memories with the peers who have become lifelong friends, while exploring Chicago before I move back home to Boston following graduation in June.

When I imagined my final quarter at Booth, it certainly did not look like this: taking all of my classes remotely via Zoom, while sheltering-in-place inside a 600 square foot apartment, constantly thinking about the health and safety of my family, friends, and others in the world.

While none of us imagined finding ourselves in this position, it has first and foremost served as a reminder that I am privileged to be at an institution as well-resourced as the University of Chicago, where we have access to the best medical care, and a community as strong as the one at Booth. In the roughly ten days since the announcement that Spring Quarter will be entirely online, a new normal has set in. To paint a better picture, I wanted to share a couple vignettes depicting just what that has meant for my day-to-day…

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CHICAGO BOOTH: BUSINESS SCHOOL OR SCHOOL OF ROCK?

If you were at Reggie’s Rock Club on the 7th of February, you would definitely think the latter. That night, half a dozen or so bands made up solely of Booth students took the stage and rocked out to a crowd of hundreds. The only way you’d know it was Booth was from some of the bands’ names such as Frosty and the Beverages, Algorithm, and The Invisible Hand.

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Celebrating black history month at booth (Part I)

Black History Month (BHM), which runs from February 1st to February 29th, is a time for Americans to pause and reflect on the contributions of its citizens who represent the African diaspora. For Booth students, this month is an additional opportunity to foster the essential value of diversity and inclusion. And I am honored to help create a month-long BHM series, hosted by Chicago Booth’s African American MBA Association (AAMBAA).

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New Frontiers in Digital and Data: Planning Booth’s Marketing Conference

Every year, the Marketing Group hosts the Annual Booth Marketing Conference. This year as co-chair, I helped organize the event at the Standard Club in downtown Chicago and it proved to be a rewarding leadership experience that was also personally close to my heart. The goal of the conference is to educate students about new trends in marketing, allow them to meet and hear the stories and challenges of successful marketers, and provide an opportunity for students to engage with a variety of companies, all while considering marketing as a future career.

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What Can a Booth Career Adviser Do for You?

Picture this: You’ve got a non-traditional background. Maybe you were a teacher, a non-profit operator, a PR associate. You’re about to start your first year at Booth with the goal of transitioning into a different career such as consulting, tech, or banking. How do you translate your skills to these new fields and present yourself in the best light? How do you manage the networking crop circles? How do you write a rock star resume?

Recruiting for your future career at Booth can certainly be an intimidating task. But Booth has a program in place that is easily accessible for every first year student no matter their background: Career Advisers. CAs, like me and David (see pic above), are second years who have volunteered to serve as career-oriented resources.

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