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A Campus of Colors: The Value of Global Diversity

There’s a certain irreplaceable benefit we gain from being in diverse communities.  It helps us think more broadly, consider opinions other than our own, and develop solutions to problems we may not have exposure to otherwise.  Here at Booth, our diversity is experienced in the variety of different perspectives, interests, and backgrounds of our students, faculty, and alumni, including our vast international community.

I myself am usually excited to tell people I was born outside of the United States.  It’s a distinguishing factor, a characteristic that makes me unique.  It has always helped add value in my ability to engage and connect with peers.  In fact, it has become a deep source of pride because my multi-cultural upbringing is very much attributable to who I am as a person.

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First Day Preview

For many admitted students from our Round 1 application cycle, this weekend will include a trip to Chicago for First Day festivities!  We’re hoping those visiting are as excited as we are to get the show on the road. And I can personally attest to the hard work our First Day team has put in to make this a memorable few days as well as a pivotal moment in the decision for admitted students of which business school to attend.

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Compare and Contrast: 1Y vs. 2Y At Booth

I remember one of the weirdest sensations of business school being that I was now a part of a 500+ group of grownups who were set and ready to make friends with one another like it was the first day of 5th grade.  It was something I hadn’t been used to doing in many years having attended a large secondary school that fed from my elementary school, a college that pulled heavily from my high school, and an initial job that was located in the same geographical area I grew up.  While I added handfuls of friends at each juncture, I had never done so in such a holistic and comprehensive manner.

Another related quirk about business school is the length of the timeframe.  At just two years long, it’s one of the shorter graduate programs available and an undoubted reason the experience shapes up as it does.  You spend a fleeting year with the outgoing class and another one with the incoming one, but the bulk of relationship building, memory making, and trip taking happens with classmates in your same graduating year.

As I think about how my time at Booth has shaped up, there is definitely an opportunity to compare and contrast each school year.  Both have virtues that make them unique, and both have had challenges that required hard work, sacrifice, and a whole lot of hope.  I hate to sound like I’m already drafting my sign-off as a student, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (or is it darkness, for having to leave this place?) for me to consider a moment of reflection.  What made each year great?  And what made it different from the other?

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The limitations of K-means: Why You Can’t Cluster Booth Students

Pardon the stats pun, I just submitted my Big Data midterm, and I’m pretty obsessed with the class. As a little background, K-means is a way to group people, things, etc. into “clusters” by finding the attributes they share with other members of the sample. Personally, I don’t think even Professor Taddy could build a clustering algorithm that could capture the myriad amazing attributes of Booth students. But I swear this post isn’t about stats. It’s about people.

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