When I imagined my final quarter at Booth, it looked something like this: I would be relieved of most leadership positions (having passed the torch to the Class of 2021) and finished with my graduation requirements, leaving me to take four purely elective classes (including one at the Law School) and TA for a fifth. I would spend the balance of my time making memories with the peers who have become lifelong friends, while exploring Chicago before I move back home to Boston following graduation in June.
When I imagined my final quarter at Booth, it certainly did
not look like this: taking all of my classes remotely via Zoom, while sheltering-in-place
inside a 600 square foot apartment, constantly thinking about the health and
safety of my family, friends, and others in the world.
While none of us imagined finding ourselves in this position,
it has first and foremost served as a reminder that I am privileged to be at an
institution as well-resourced as the University of Chicago, where we have
access to the best medical care, and a community as strong as the one at Booth.
In the roughly ten days since the announcement that Spring Quarter will be entirely
online, a new normal has set in. To paint a better picture, I wanted to share a
couple vignettes depicting just what that has meant for my day-to-day…
Continue reading Booth in the time of covid-19
The University of Chicago has been the home of groundbreaking economics research for decades. The school boasts several Nobel-prize winning professors, two of whom are currently active members of Chicago Booth faculty—Eugene Fama and Richard Thaler. In addition, the school has been a staunch advocate for free speech and has constantly empowered students to ask tough questions. Such a rich culture and history makes the school the center of active debate on pressing issues related to economics and beyond. To carry this tradition forward, the school hosted Professor Abhijit Banerjee, the 2019 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics to discuss whether or not “Economics Can Save the World.”
Continue reading Can Economics Save the World?
Chicago Booth is known for its flexible curriculum, which
allows students to curate a tailored MBA experience by picking and choosing the
courses they want to do. In fact, there is only one class that is mandatory for
everyone: Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD). The course is
designed to enhance one’s self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by
working in teams and going through modules such as cross-cultural
communication, personality development, and feedback and coaching.
Each year, 40 second-year students (called LEAD facilitators)
are selected by faculty to design and deliver this flagship course to an
incoming class of ~600 students. I had the pleasure of being a LEAD facilitator
this year, an experience that has been the highlight of my time at business school.
But in a school that is known for cutting-edge research in finance and economics—and has faculty that is at the forefront of their fields—why is a student-run course on leadership the only mandatory class? I got the amazing opportunity to sit down with Professor Harry Davis to reflect on the journey of LEAD, 30 years after he started the program in 1989.
Continue reading 30 years of LEAD: Reflecting with Professor Harry Davis
Our Best Booth Moment Series continues with students sharing their favorite memories of Booth faculty outside of the classroom.
When I arrived at Booth I never expected to pit myself in fierce competition against any professor. Much less Professor Raghuram Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and former Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. And, most importantly, amateur squash player.
Continue reading Best Booth Moment: Rajan vs Rajan – The Squash Game that Wasn’t
There are so many amazing Professors at Chicago Booth that spend countless hours teaching, mentoring, and passing time with students inside and outside of the classroom. For this second installment of our Women At Booth series I sat down with two incredible Professors to hear more about their Booth experience.
Continue reading Women at Booth Series: Professors