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TBE #TBT: Booth Follies

This #TBT is a throwback to Booth Follies—a show organized, produced and performed by Booth students. Follies is everything you’d imagine—punny skits, hilarious short movies, and extraordinary performances. Boothies get the opportunity to step outside their case studies, their financial models, and their cover letters to showcase their artistic abilities.

As a dancer and choreographer in the show myself, I loved the new community of Boothies I was able to create through the practices, rehearsals, and show. The range of our experiences ran the gamut—from competitive dancers to people who were stepping on stage for the first time in their lives! The diversity and talent in the class was nothing short of incredible.

One of the 2016-2017 Follies leads and performers, Sheetal R. Bhaskarabhatla, shares her firsthand account of this long-running Booth tradition. Plus, extra kudos to Sheetal for being our first guest blogger during the new TBE “regime”!

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Let Me Be Me

You don’t conform to Booth. It conforms to you.

At a recent Booth LIVE LPF, a prospective student asked me a question, “How did you know Booth was the right place for you?”

Three years ago I attended a student-hosted event in Boston, where I met some amazing second-year students. We had a great conversation, and when I mentioned that my background was in advertising, one of them offered to connect me to another second-year with a similar background. This Boothie chatted with me at length about my background, what I was trying to get out of the MBA, and how the Chicago Booth MBA fit in.

I thought, “If this is how nice they are before I’ve even been admitted, I wonder what it would be like when (okay fine, if) I am?”
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Upside of uncomfortable

Booth is all about pushing the limits of your comfort zone. You’re encouraged to take risks. To branch out—sometimes way out—from what you know. The school has your back all the way.

Before Booth, whenever I was asked “Who are you?” I’d say, “I’m a marketer, I’ve been working for over 5 years and happy to count many global brands as my clients.”

However, it was during my MBA application process I encountered a follow-up question that pressed past my comfort zone. The question of all questions—the one that sparks trepidation among many who are embarking on their business school journey.

“But really, Who are you?”

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Behind the Scenes at the Funniest Show at Booth

Follies is an annual show and an outlet for Boothies to show off their talents singing, dancing, and writing / performing hilarious sketches. While the show took place last Friday, weeks of hard work went into creating it, including a pretty grueling week of rehearsals. Check out this gallery for a behind the scenes look at rehearsals, and stay tuned with The Booth Experience for videos of the show as they go up! (Check out hilarious sketches from past years here.)

South Side Uptown Funk
(Booth First Day Flash Mob)

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.

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(Booth First Day Flash Mob)