I was born in New York but raised in Beirut, Lebanon, with a brief stint living in Thailand as a child. After graduating from Barnard College with a degree in sociology, I worked for four years in the digital marketing space at a PR agency called Weber Shandwick in NYC. I came to Booth to transition into a brand management position at a food-related CPG company. This summer, I will be interning at Nestle in Washington, DC.
My partner (TBE Blogger Eli Feret) and I both started grad school at the same time, halfway across the country from each other. While I pursue my Masters of Social Work at Boston College and he pursues his MBA at Chicago Booth, our time spent apart is usually packed with classes, projects, and get-togethers with classmates turned friends.
When I tell people I’m in this long-distance relationship, the most common response is: “Oh, that must be so hard.” There are certainly times when being in a long-distance relationship while pursuing different grad degrees has been challenging, but it has also been empowering and exciting.
One of my favorite things about Booth is that our professors aren’t just teachers and case-writers, but are equal parts researcher, instructor, and mentor. With our long list of distinguished faculty pushing the frontiers of business science outward on a daily basis, I always find myself getting FOMO over all the classes I want to take but can’t find space to cram into my two-year schedule.
Fortunately, Booth’s research and learning centers frequently host talks and events for professors to discuss their research—enabling students like me to glean insights on a wide variety of topics that complement the my formal curriculum.
I recently attended a special talk hosted by James M. Kilts Center for Marketing, where Professor Berkeley Dietvorst discussed his research on why human beings don’t trust algorithms to make decisions.
Here are a few “ah-ha” moments I had during the talk: