At Booth, there are many opportunities outside the classroom to flex your leadership skills. Whether it’s formal roles as a member of Graduate Business Council (Booth’s student government, colloquially known as “GBC”), a student group co-chair, or even an organizer of a Spring Break trip (HUGE groups of 1Ys go to Colombia and 2Ys go to Israel)—here’s never a shortage of formal or informal ways to get experience taking charge or motivating groups for the Booth community.
What are just as prevalent, but perhaps less heard about, are the ways you can work with diverse, non-business-related groups outside of Booth; experiences that I find even more formative. One particular opportunity in which Boothies have been getting more involved is Graduate Council (that’s GBC minus the B), the student government for all graduate students at the University of Chicago. I’ve found it particularly enriching for a few reasons.
Two days after the world celebrated “Back to the Future Day”, Booth’s Graduate Business Council (GBC) threw a time-traveling party of its own – The Booth Arcade ’80s Fall Mixer.
GBC’s “primary objective is to help maximize students’ life experiences while they are at Chicago Booth.” As the first GBC event of the school year, the arcade mixer did just that. It was a great way for 1Y and 2Y students to meet, mix, and mingle while sporting ’80s attire, enjoying food and beverages, and jamming out to our favorite throwback tunes. In its second year, the event has become a favorite among students. Check it out!
In my first blog post I wrote about the diverse academic and professional opportunities available to Booth students. In this post, I discuss the work of the Graduate Business Council, Booth’s student government, where I am President. In my next post I will write about the long-term professional value of leadership positions at Booth.
Donnie Phillips, President, Graduate Business Council