Although I’ve never lived in the Bay Area, I moved to San Francisco for my summer internship knowing that I would benefit from the extensive network of Boothies also interning in the region. In fact, the running joke was there were more Boothies living in the Bay Area than in Chicago for the summer. Throughout the course of this summer, I’ve always had something fun to do with fellow Boothies on the weekends, whether it was indulging at one of San Francisco’s many beer gardens, biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, or hiking in Muir Woods.
With the Class of 2020 only a few weeks away from their first day of Orientation, many of the incoming first-years are about to adventure out all over the world on their first-ever Random Walk. For a number of second years, like us, it will be our second Random Walk… only this time, we’re leading the 30+ excursions that go as far away as New Zealand and as close to home as right here in Chicago.
Let’s take a look back at what it’s like to lead a Random Walk and what goes into orchestrating these memory-making experiences.
In this second installment of our Booth through the decades series, we speak with Earl Van Zyl, ’07, who works in investment management in South Africa. Earl chose to pursue his MBA despite the observed differences in educational expectations between South Africa and the US. Whilst the chartered accounting qualification is a more popular and recognized post-graduate degree in his home country, Earl saw a unique need for and opportunity in pursuing the Booth MBA: here is his take on how his experience stands out from the rest.
It’s commonly thought that business school students travel a lot. While our Instagram feeds may lead others to believe that we are #foreveronvacation, in reality there are many reasons Boothies travel. With school trips, interviews, case competitions, and student-organized getaways, there are a plethora of motives to hop on plane and jet set away. Below are a few trips we have taken during our first year at Booth!
After coming back to Chicago from Japan Trek 2018—the experience of a lifetime—I received one email. It said: “Dear Atsushi, We had such a wonderful time in Japan and you put in so much effort it was just wonderful and we cannot say thank you enough for all your energy. Thank you.” It was sent by the Japan Trek participants with a gift card.
I was so excited that I immediately showed it to the other Trek leaders, and realized they had also received the same message! What more could I ask for as a Trek leader?
While there were some challenges to organize the trek, it was an incredibly rewarding experience. The thank you note reminded me of what made the trip so special. Although this could be self-applauding, the beauty of the Japan Trek truly came from the diversity of experiences of the trek leaders and how well we worked together.