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Time on the Waitlist

Being placed on a waitlist is a common occurrence among many applicants to MBA programs. Schools often need extra time to appropriately consider each and every application. While the waitlist can seem like an opaque world, many Boothies navigate the maze successfully. Read what two members of the Class of 2019 have to say about their time on the waitlist below!

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Exploring my passion by volunteering at the Shedd Aquarium

Business school offers you the opportunity to have a lot of new experiences. Many are what you’d typically expect: exciting classes, building your leadership skills in a new environment, and traveling with your new friends. Having managed to check all of these boxes during my first year, I wanted to make sure I spent some time during my last year at Booth on things that had personal significance to me. 

With a vibrant passion for the environment and animal-welfare, I explored different options of getting-involved with the Chicago community that focused in these areas. Through my research I found volunteer opportunities at the Shedd Aquarium. I’ve always been fascinated with aquariums because of how they can transport you to another world that’s supposed to be inaccessible, yet there it is in front of you on the other side of the glass. Because of this, I was extremely excited for the opportunity to volunteer.

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Beyond Booth: My Summer at Bain

I spent my summer interning at Bain. Through consulting recruiting at Booth, I was lucky to get significant exposure to the people I was actually going to work with as a Summer Associate in the Chicago office, as well as the 2Ys who had just been in my shoes. Between all the fall events and winter/spring meet-ups, I’d even been in the Bain office multiple times before my first day of work.

But despite Booth’s and Bain’s diligence to prepare our expectations, I still underestimated three aspects of the summer intern experience: the substance of the work I’d do, the fun we could have even back in the real (working) world, and how much my Booth network and first-year experience mattered.

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Get to Know Andrea Aractingi

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.

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How to Date a Boothie (while in Boston)

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.

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