Over the past year, we’ve talked about the best parts of getting an MBA – from LEAD to getting a great new job, plus all of the great social events. One of the less fun parts of an MBA are (unsurprisingly) midterms and final exams. Interestingly, however, our exams help demonstrate the diversity of thought at the University of Chicago.
Prospective students will often ask current students, “What is your favorite course at Booth?” It can be difficult to pick just one! This week, Elizabeth Bozek tells us a bit more about one of her favorite classes at Booth thus far, The Practice of Leadership in Business.
One of the questions prospective Chicago Booth students and those recently admitted to the MBA program often ask me is “What is your favorite class so far?” Although I have only been at school for about a quarter and a half, I already have a strong opinion. It may seem a bit funny for a student who is intending to concentrate in finance, but I have actually been enjoying a more qualitative class. The course that I am enjoying most is called The Practice of Leadership in Business, taught by Professor Linda Ginzel. On day one, Professor Ginzel was very upfront with the fact that this course would not be like most of the other classes at Chicago Booth. The class is intended to be abstract – discussions focus around ideas and methods – and there are no right answers or solutions to the topics we cover. Professor Ginzel warned us that it takes a very particular approach in this class to succeed, and that the goal of the course wasn’t so much to teach a particular subject, but to become wiser by turning insights into action for now and in the future.
In the first part of this three-part blog post, I explore the question of “Why Booth?” and focus on the diverse academic and professional opportunities for students. In the second part, I will talk about what I have gained from my own leadership positions at school. In the third-part, I will discuss the long-term professional value of leadership opportunities at Booth.
Donnie Phillips, President, Graduate Business Council