Excel Monkey’s Journey to the West*

I was born in Shanghai but spent the last two decades of my life in Boston, and consider myself to be pretty stereotypically “East Coast”—pragmatic, competitive, and grumpy. My family, friends and professional network were all in Boston, proud city of the highest college/square mile ratio and home to some other excellent educational institutions. For all intents and purposes, I would have been the most comfortable staying in the city where I grew up, surrounded by fellow Patriots fans and pizza that was actually pizza, not casserole suffering from an identity crisis.

So why Chicago? Continue reading Excel Monkey’s Journey to the West*

My message to Class of 2017

The Fall Quarter is over. A quarter during which I enjoyed a Random Walk to China, filled a whole apartment with IKEA furniture, played soccer at the UCLA MBA tournament, won the ‘Hunger Games’ at LEAD, had enough Fireballs at TNDC to keep me warm throughout winter, dressed up as Popeye for the Belgian Halloween Party, survived my first Black Friday shopping mayhem, and performed terribly during Golden Gargoyles’ Telenovela. On top of this, too many cover letters were written – but I attended my classes and the foundation courses are now out of the way. All in all, plenty of unforgettable experiences, and quite a number of new friendships.

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What Program is Best for Me as an Early Career Candidate? (Part 2 of a 3 part series)

Congratulations to all of the Round 1 admits, and good luck to everyone who applied Round 2! A few weeks ago, I posted a few questions I think every early career candidate should ask themselves before applying to an MBA program. As you consider which school is right for an MBA, now is a great time to turn the tables and ask key questions of the programs you’re considering. Here are three I think are critically important:

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Business School – A Family Affair: Hyde Park Living

This is the first installment of a multi-part series about living in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park truly is an oasis in the middle of Chicago.  The area is incredibly safe (it’s actually safer than the Loop where most students live), close to campus, and is experiencing a rennaissance in new restaurants, shops and stores.  While some students may overlook the area because it’s not where the social hub of student-life resides, for those of us with families or who enjoy being able to be more judicious about our social engagements.  It’s the perfect place to live.   Continue reading Business School – A Family Affair: Hyde Park Living

Psychologist to Marketer, Part III: The Internship

In case you missed my previous posts on career switching and marketing classes at Booth, let me bring you up to speed. Prior to Booth, I trained as a clinical psychologist and worked as an assistant professor. Currently, I am a second year student at Booth pursuing a career in marketing. Over the summer, I was an associate brand manager intern with a large consumer packaged goods company. In this post, I will describe my internship experience in hopes that it will give you a sense of what an internship in brand management is like.
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