On the morning of Friday the 22nd of September at 8 AM, I walked into C72 a seminar room at Harper Center, our primary classroom building—with about 4 hours of sleep and a pretty solid headache. For a bit of history, Thursday evenings are typically eventful nights for the Booth community and the recruiting schedule/weekend travel plans usually dissuade students from taking classes on Fridays.
Basketball is not just my favorite sport or form of exercise. It’s my favorite… everything. If I have a chance to watch TV, I’m finding whichever NBA game is on. If I’m listening to a podcast, it better be one analyzing the previous night’s games that I watched. And if I’m surfing the internet, my browser history is littered with ESPN, HoopsHype, Basketball Reference, and any other site you haven’t heard of.
I remember as I was preparing for my interview at Booth in November 2014 (wow that was a while ago…), I was reading through the classes and clubs offered, making mental notes of which ones to excitedly bring up. Sure, there was Quantitative Investment (didn’t take it) and the Analytics Club (didn’t join it), but when I read up a little more about the Booth Basketball Club, I was captivated.
You’ll often hear current students say that “being a team player” is an important value to highlight in MBA applications. More often than not, students at Booth work in teams – for classes, as part of clubs and other extracurricular responsibilities. However, not everyone has been exposed to extensive team-based environments in our pre-MBA careers.
Thankfully, it’s an easy skill to build. First-year student Vikram Sivakumar reflects on his journey in teamwork that he learned in a unique way – through the ten-week Improv course offered by Booth’s Public Speaking Club. And what better place to learn than in the city of Chicago – home of Improv legends like Second City and Up Comedy Club!