Everyone has different priorities going into an MBA program. One of mine was to attend a school with a strong community – one that was active not only in the program, but also remained engaged long after graduating.
Booth may not seem like the poster child for community at first glance. It’s not widely known that we have organized cohorts and squads for LEAD that you’ll engage with for your two years here. A flexible curriculum means that you can choose an accelerated learning path while your peers may choose to take introductory classes. But I think it’s what motivates us to get out and mingle even more outside of our classes.
Sure, we have more clubs and activities than you can count. What can get overlooked is that the community atmosphere at Booth is largely shaped by a highly “plugged-in” faculty, staff and student body. What does that entail exactly?
Fall can feel like a whirlwind at Booth. First year, I spent my fall obsessively “coffee-chatting”, “crop-circling”, and “corporate-conversationing” — a strange lexicon of made-up verbs familiar to the 250 or so of us who put ourselves through the process of recruiting for management consulting internships each year.
However, fall also brings a host of other pursuits to Booth and Chicago. Among some of my favorites are….
On Veterans Day, I always think about those who have served, those who are currently serving, and those who will serve. But it is also hard for me to think about veterans without thinking about the impact of the University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman – the father of America’s all-volunteer force.
The Winter Garden was buzzing with excitement on First Day as the incoming Class of 2017 got to meet each other as well as current students, who welcomed them to the Booth community. Just as everyone was about to grab lunch and go to class, the crowd in the Winter Garden got a huge surprise… a FLASH MOB!
How were over 100 Boothies able to pull off this flash mob of epic proportions? The Booth Dance Club (BDC) co-chairs organized it all. Norman Wang, Srividya Pandya, and Emily Theis garnered volunteers through word of mouth and the class Facebook pages. Emily explained that once they got a few people involved, “it grew more organically after word started to spread, and more people wanted to be a part of it.” Understanding everyone’s differing levels of commitment and busy schedules, they offered multiple sections with varied amounts of dancing, as well as a flexible practice schedule. How did they keep track of everything? “In true Booth fashion we had an Excel matrix that highlighted what every group was doing throughout different sections of the song … it was very Boothie of us,” Srividya joked.
While there are many great things about going to business school, the trips during the breaks are definitely close to the top of the list. I knew I wanted to do a Random Walk when I started at Booth, but I didn’t realize that there were so many other opportunities to explore and have fun during business school. Traveling is practically an unofficial curriculum requirement at Booth