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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TBE Celebrates Our Partners

When we make the decision to hit submit on our Booth application, the decision impacts not just us, but our family and friends, and most importantly, our partners. We trek from class to networking events, and return back home to tackle our cases, and our partners are our unwavering support. When our stressful and intense socializing at recruiting events makes us antisocial and disagreeable at home, our partners fill the void with compassion and positive energy to keep us trudging forward. When we take a week to take a Random Walk or embark on our “BoothRight,” our partners share our excitement and wanderlust.

As we embark on this Booth journey, we just want to say: We couldn’t do it without you.

The Booth Experience team wants to dedicate this week to our Partners. Check back daily as we bring the perspectives of Partners here in Chicago, long-distance partners, and, of course, our Booth partner duos and their #whyBooth stories.

Boothies Impress at Stock Pitch Competitions

Every fall, teams of first year Boothies interested in pursing careers in investment management represent Booth in various MBA stock pitch competitions across the country.  These events are a great way for students to hone their investing and stock pitching skills ahead of internship recruiting season, get valuable feedback from industry professionals who judge the competitions, and network with students from other MBA programs.

This year’s groups made Booth very proud and brought home some impressive top finishes! Booth teams finished first in the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alpha Challenge, and came in second at Columbia’s CSIMA Stock Pitch Challenge and the Cornell MBA Women in Investing Conference.

First-year students Ankush Sharda, Diego Gavito, and Lior Shachaf, who represented Booth at the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition, were interviewed by Forbes Magazine, where they discuss their winning pitch of Hawaiian Airlines Stock.  Check it out!

Congrats to all the Boothies who competed this year!

MLK Day of Service – Extending the “Pay it Forward” culture beyond Booth

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is a reminder that we all have the ability to create and inspire positive change in our communities. While MLK Day is nationally observed on the third Monday of January, the Saturday prior, UChicago conducts a Day of Service in honor of MLK. Booth’s Giving Something Back club joins UChicago’s undergrads, graduate programs, faculty, alumni, elementary school students from the Lab and Charter Schools, and even affiliated friends and family to serve local charities, schools, and foundations in the Chicago community.

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Power Lunches Feed Intellectual Curiosity at Booth

One of my favorite things about Booth is that our professors aren’t just teachers and case-writers, but are equal parts researcher, instructor, and mentor. With our long list of distinguished faculty pushing the frontiers of business science outward on a daily basis, I always find myself getting FOMO over all the classes I want to take but can’t find space to cram into my two-year schedule.

Fortunately, Booth’s research and learning centers frequently host talks and events for professors to discuss their research—enabling students like me to glean insights on a wide variety of topics that complement the my formal curriculum.

I recently attended a special talk hosted by James M. Kilts Center for Marketing, where Professor Berkeley Dietvorst discussed his research on why human beings don’t trust algorithms to make decisions.

Here are a few “ah-ha” moments I had during the talk:

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