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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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What do a Fashion writer, skydiver, and record-breaking dancer have in common?

They all go to Booth! Get to know some of the newest Boothies on campus through Poet & Quants‘ recently published article, Meet Chicago Booth’s MBA Class of 2018

P&Q: While the Class of 2018 is unquestionably brainy, they are anything but stiffs. Victoria Yunger is an Israeli Ministry of Defense veteran who describes herself as “fashion blogger turned digital marketer, with a knack for details and long sentences.” MyKinseyite Anh Dang is destined to be the life of any party, calling herself “free and bold” and the one who loves “to do the unexpected, push my limit, test boundaries, drink and dance.” She’ll fit in well with Georgette Monika Mould, a Ghana native who’s “a humorous humanist with an optimistic outlook on life and a curious open mind.” Anjuli Koshal, also known as Jules, is someone you naturally follow. Not only is she always on the lookout for adventure, but she has a flair for turning “goals into projects, and projects into experiences.”While Randaccio’s resume may be intimidating, he comes with a major weakness: chicken wings.

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My MBgAy Experience

“I’m gay.”

They were the two most difficult words I’ve ever said to my parents. I was barely able to say them out loud as I was driving my family to lunch hours before I headed back to NYC. It was June 2011, and I had returned home that weekend to suburban Maryland with the sole purpose of coming out to my parents. However, I couldn’t bring myself to do it until just before I had to leave. When I was finally able to say those two words, I felt a huge weight off my chest. Initially, my parents did not receive the news very positively, but over time they have accepted me for me. What a difference five years makes.

Today is National Coming Out Day, which is why I wanted to take a few moments to talk about my own coming out story and why it was important for me to be out during my MBA. While some people choose to hide their sexuality during their MBA experience, I refused to go back into the closet after living as a proud out man in NYC. As an active founding member of the LGBT group at Bloomberg, I was proud to promote the visibility of our community and proud of the partnerships we created with Out in Tech and OPEN Finance.

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It’s About the Journey

Business school is an incredible place, and one that exists in an alternate universe.  We spend money we’ll pay back at a later date, we sit in class for only a few hours a week but yet are incredibly busy, and we manage to forge close friendships with people we just met.

There are an immeasurable number of opportunities to learn, do, and experience, that you would be hard-pressed to find two students that shared identical, or even similar, paths in their time here.  One of the wonderful facets of this type of environment is the transformational impact it can have on the way you view the world, and think about yourself.

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Meet the New Team

Another June passes, and another Chicago Booth graduating class walks out the door and on to their next great adventure.

While we’re sad to see them go, we are also thrilled to accept our roles as wise second years and welcome a new set of fresh-faced students to the Harper Center this fall. Here at The Booth Experience, it’s our job to provide insight, commentary, and anecdotes to help those ramping up or those getting started in the process to understand just what it means to call Booth home.

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