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Diversity at Booth: Veterans Day Edition

We talk about the value of different perspectives in LEAD and in classes like Managing in Organizations, Business Politics and Ethics, Managerial Decision Making, and many others.  But what I find so invaluable about my Booth experience is that Booth is a place where diversity is not only taught but experienced firsthand. Booth is a rich, diverse place where I am constantly growing and learning from my peers who come from such a wide array of backgrounds.

And as today is Veterans Day, I wanted to express my gratitude to be able to learn from and alongside my amazing classmates who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces of their respective countries. Booth currently has 78 student veterans, 33 of which are international veterans from South Korea, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, and Greece, and their military experiences bring an invaluable point of view to the classroom and the Booth community at large.

We are so lucky to have our Booth veterans and I wanted to use this platform to spotlight a few with stories that they have chosen to share.

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Recruiting, It’s Not So Bad

Business school can generally be broken down into three main components; studying, socializing, and soliciting (a job). While the first two are fairly straightforward in aims and objectives, that third prong can often be the cause of the greatest variance and corresponding stress levels.

There is no good way to avoid that reality. Finding meaningful full-time employment following a large investment in getting an MBA can be a daunting task, and one that doesn’t always have a clear solution or light at the end of the tunnel.

You may be overwhelmed with the number of avenues and companies available to you. A goal may feel unattainable because a lack of previous experience or a competitive landscape. Or your own preferences may shift after being introduced to new material.

I’m not here to tell you it’ll all be ok (it will without a doubt). I also don’t have specific methods to reducing that stress. But I’m here to point out the really great aspects of recruiting, and why a lot of that perceived trial and tribulation is a result of premium opportunity.

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It’s on us to make a change

Chicago Booth, in conjunction with several business schools around the country, honored the Black Lives Matter movement this past week.  Students and faculty gathered and dressed in black as a sign of solidarity and a desire to engage in dialogue about race relations in today’s United States.  These are my thoughts on a topic far too complex to fit an 800-word essay.

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What to expect your first year at Booth

Class of 2018, You made it!!

You’re about to start the best two-year journey of your life, which is also very likely the most expensive two-year vacation of your life. But don’t worry about that for now.

You’re excited and you should be, you’ve just joined the best business school in the world. You’re probably wondering what it’s going to be like and what to expect. Well, you’re in luck… I was in the same situation last year and can give you some insights.

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