The six writers here at The Booth Experience have had a blast this year providing all of you with relevant, interesting content, that’s hopefully made your decision to apply to and eventually attend Booth a little easier. The moment we were all dreading finally arrived last Saturday, as we walked across the stage at our graduation. So consider this final post our way of reflecting a bit on our time at Booth, what it’s meant to be a student here and what it’ll mean to be part of an incredible alumni network. Click through for responses from each of us, and best of luck with your business school journey!
A great thing about going to school in Chicago is the chance to dine in some of the most incredible restaurants in the world… and with some of the most notable minds as well. Every spring quarter, Booth’s Epicurean Club hosts its major event – Dean’s Dinner, the most coveted outing of the year. With 44 Epicurean Boothies and one Dean all dressed to impress, we gathered at the famed French restaurant, Tru.
The event was fabulous yet bittersweet, because we were honoring two touching goodbyes. The first farewell is to the Class of 2017, full of friends that us first years got to know well through the flexible curriculum—allowing us to take classes whenever and with whomever we chose—and through the many social activities at Booth (current dinner included!). Second, we bid adieu to Dean Doug Skinner who will be handing over the reins to Madhav Rajan this summer. Dean Skinner is highly regarded by the student body, thanks to his dedication to Chicago Booth and sharp sense of humor, so it was certain that this would be a night to remember.
Many of you come to this site with a goal of learning more about what’s it’s like to be a student at Chicago Booth, and hopefully throughout the year we’ve been able to provide plenty of information in that domain. Much of what we write about is intended to give you insight into The Booth Experience (ohh, that’s the reason for the site name!), and even a tip or two for what to say in the interview room.
One of the aspects of Booth that I hadn’t previously considered when I started my first year back in August 2015 was what it was like to sit on the other side of the table as applicants filed in one after the other. I interviewed on campus so I did meet with a student, but I guess it sort of slipped my mind that these roles needed to be filled by upcoming classes.
After spending the last year as an Admissions Fellow, I can finally look back on what that ride has been like. What started as a fairly competitive process for being selected is now ending with a chance to pass along the responsibilities to the next great batch of students in the Class of 2018. It’s been a really fun experience, and an influential one in terms of my progression while at Booth.
One of the hallmarks of your Booth Experience will be involvement in clubs and groups on campus. Some are career-oriented, others have an athletic flavor, and further more may pique a special interest of yours. In this guest post, 2Y student Chun Ying Wang reflects on her time as a member and eventual co-chair of BoothEd, a group who’s mission is to further the professional and personal interests of Chicago Booth students in the education sector.
The first time I stepped into the Winter Garden brought me back to a peculiar memory I had long forgotten; a decade ago when I was nineteen years old, I had my first big travel experience when I flew into Europe and landed in a Zurich, Switzerland airport to begin my trip. Just like that moment a decade ago in Switzerland, I was surrounded by men and women in business suits walking with the measured efficiency of a highly professional and exacting culture. I felt disoriented, and feared that, coming from the laid-back Southern California lifestyle where flip-flops are considered business casual, I would not be able to acclimate to this strange place. The little bit of snow that had clung to my shoes from the steps leading up to the Harper Center melted on the sleek, polished stone floor as I walked through the Winter Garden. I had stepped into the world of Chicago Booth for the first time ever while interviewing as an applicant, and I was already creating a little bit of a mess behind me.