One of the things you realize as soon as you get to Booth is the how much the flexible curriculum differentiates your MBA experience—not only from other schools, but from one student to the next. When looking around the classroom, no one is there for the exact same reason as you because everyone has a distinct motivation for why that course is important to their specific MBA plan. But the flexibility actually goes way beyond just being able to build out your coursework however you want. I remember reading an article a couple years ago by Kurt Ahlm, the Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions at Booth, about the real impact of Booth’s flexibility. Thought it might be of interest, especially as people have some extra time around the holidays to dig deep into the distinguishing factors of what makes Booth such an exceptional place to get your MBA.
One of the perks of designing your own MBA and your own internship is being able to set work aside for a moment so you can sit by a creek and watch the sun set beautifully. Before coming to Booth, I was a consultant in Lagos, Nigeria, where I saw most of my sunsets through the window of an office building or a vehicle in traffic.
Anyone who reads about Booth is sure to stumble upon two key differentiators: our flexible curriculum and our cohort system. Through discussions with dozens of prospective students, I’ve noticed that they tend to love the former and show some concern about the latter. When I was applying, I too shared a lot of these feelings. But I’ve also noticed that both of these Booth trademarks are all-too-often misunderstood. So here’s my take on what the flexible curriculum and the cohort system really mean to Booth students, and why I wouldn’t want them any other way.
The energy from my team is exultant. They’ve just announced the winners for the 3rd Annual MBA Pitch Competition at SXSW Interactive – and we, Riviter, took first place! One of the judges, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Texas, approaches and asks which business school we’re from. “Chicago Booth,” one of us replies. “Oh,” he says, grinning. “I should’ve guessed. That’s where all of the entrepreneurs I meet are from these days.”
That makes me proud – because, slight allowance for hyperbole aside, he’s right.
Way back in 2012, I came to Chicago for my admissions interview. My former coworker, Dave, was at Booth and launching a start-up. He knew I was interested in entrepreneurship, so the night before my interview he took me to SeedCon 2012, an annual conference hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club. I arrived just in time to hear the opening keynote from the founder of Alinea, Continue reading A Reflection on the SXSW MBA Pitch Competition
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My daughter was born the night before my Corporate Finance midterm.
I will quote from my Corporate Finance Syllabus, “I do not allow taking exams outside of the scheduled exam times… the only exception for the midterm is a documented medical emergency.” Is having a baby a medical emergency for the father?