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Living Outside the Loop

When I was admitted into Booth, I was excited for the diverse student body, strong academic curriculum, and vibrant campus community. While I cherished the opportunity to live in Chicago, I also had my concerns. Specifically, I had read that ~75% of Booth students live downtown, or what Chicagoans refer to as the “Loop.” However, I knew that living in the Loop wouldn’t be an option for me.

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School’s Out: Booth vs. the Polar Vortex

This week, UChicago cancelled classes for the first time in years to make way for a polar vortex and the coldest temperatures in Chicago history! In Hyde Park and around downtown, we made the most of the winter wonderland, inside and out. Check out some of the best moments of the week captured by Boothies below.

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Top 10 Wintertime Activities in Chicago

I’m not going to sugarcoat it. Wintertime in Chicago is long, cold, and includes the colorful phrase: “wintry mix.” But we Chicagoans are a hardy bunch and don’t just survive, but thrive in the winter. From holiday festivals to wintertime-only bar and restaurant experiences, winter has become one of the best seasons to be in Chicago! If coming to Booth means you’ll be experiencing Chicago winters for the first time, here’s my list of the top ten activities (in no particular order) to help you thrive during the season.

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Veterans at Booth Enjoy the Tradition of “Dining Out”

For veterans at Chicago Booth, one event stands out among the myriad cocktail hours, dinners, and Liquidity Preference Functions (LPFs) that comprise the MBA social experience. That hallmark event is, of course, Dining Out.

Those unfamiliar with military traditions might find the event’s title a bit strange, perhaps literal even, but Dining Outs (and their equally creatively-named cousins, Dining Ins) both feature strongly in military culture. Dining Ins traditionally consist only of military service members. They often occur just before or after combat deployments and entail a degree of silliness to counter the seriousness of our daily jobs. Dining Out differs in that significant others are invited to join, and the silliness is somewhat toned-down.

For most of the veterans at Booth, Dining Out is a piece of the familiar in what can be a new and strange place. Most of us could not have distinguished a credit from a debit before Booth, and would have assumed that an “efficient market” meant less than five minutes in line at the store. While we are all hopefully past that point now, it is still great to dust off the old traditions and have a time of fellowship and fun.

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First Second Year Duty: Leading a Random Walk

As an incoming first year, I went on a Random Walk to Vietnam—it was by far the best decision I made since coming to Booth. I got to know 15 amazing people from all over the world, share unforgettable experiences, and build lasting relationships. A large contributing factor to the success of my Random Walk was my amazing trip leader team. As a second year, I knew I wanted to pay it forward and do the same for the next incoming class. I got together with three of my classmates to help plan and execute (hopefully) the best Random Walk ever – this time to Iceland!

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