Oh Booth winter break, how I’ve missed you! Last year, winter break was the glorious reward after a busy first quarter balancing school and summer internship recruiting. But this year as a 2nd year student, it’s a bittersweet reminder that the Booth experience passes by all too quickly and we’re just two short quarters away from graduation. So this past December, Bayasaa Enkhbaatar (a fellow 2nd year Booth student, dear friend, and partner in crime) and I decided to give in to our wanderlust and embark on a two week adventure together to hike Patagonia and make the most of this break.
Congratulations everyone who were admitted to Chicago Booth in Round One! This post continues my story about how Booth helped me switch careers from finance to technology.
Leslie Koehn and Tunde Bamigboye are first year students at Booth who went on the 2014 Guatemala Random Walk trip. Random Walks provide Chicago Booth students with an opportunity to meet and bond with their future classmates before the rigors of the MBA program begin. I spoke with them to learn more about their experiences, including what it was like to roast marshmallows on top of a volcano.
EM: Were you nervous before the trip?
Leslie – To be honest, yes I was a little nervous. Going on a trip with a bunch of people you have never met can be intimidating and a little nerve racking but I was also excited for the new experience.
Tunde – No, not really. In my pre-Booth research, the common strain in the Booth experiences of people I had spoken to was how fantastic the RW trip was for them and how it was a time in which they all made life-long friends. A high bar for sure, but one I was excited for.
This past week LGBTQ students from Chicago Booth attended the 2014 Reaching Out MBA conference in San Francisco. Each year ROMBA is held in a different city with the purpose of bringing LGBTQ MBA students from all the top business schools together to empower them to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. I had the privilege to accompany 13 first year Boothies to the conference.
Last year I attended the conference as a first year in New Orleans. The three-day event was full of cocktail parties, case competitions, industry panel discussions, break out sessions and networking events. Many firms even invite 1st year MBAs to interview for summer internships. This year was no different. As a 2nd year MBA, the conference was less stressful and not focused on the job search. I attended the conference with Deutsche Bank and spoke to prospective summer interns about my summer experience at the LGBTQ Talent Career Expo. (I interned at DB this summer and signed on to return after graduation).
SF technology & entrepreneur trek – MBAs visited Twitter,
Women @ Romba sessions
Welcome reception hosted by Goldman Sachs
Various career sessions (Investment banking 101, finding success in Consulting, etc)
LGBTQ talent career expo
Marquis dinner & keynote speaker: jonathan mildenhall (cmo of airbnb)
Case competition, valuation competition, startup pitch competition
Awards lunch & keynote speaker Keynote Speaker: Peter Thiel (Entrepreneur & Investor)
Closing charity party (Sponsored by Target & Unilever)
Chris Lee and Bradley Powell won the Valuation competition beating schools from other top programs with their valuation of UBER. They won a $2,500 cash price.
Part-time student Piya Chaiprasoet won the Amazon case competition.
Prospective MBAs can also attend the conference and meet with the top 30 business schools.