The unique thing about Booth’s cohorts is that after our single required Leadership Development class is completed in the fall, any additional time we spend with our cohorts is completely optional. Because of this, each cohort really gets a chance to form its own personality outside of just studying foundational classes.
There was a colorful photo to which I gravitated when writing Booth’s unique application. It was a picture taken at a school event of a performance of a traditional Chinese dance. Alongside the photo, I made a connection to my nerdy excitement for the Emerging Markets Summit (EMS), Booth’s largest student-run conference, and my ambitious plans to convince some big names like President of Brazil to come speak at the event. Now that I am at Booth, I’m surprised by how much of what I wrote in my application has come true.
Earlier this month, AudioBooth invaded Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago’s South Loop to showcase some of Booth’s finest musical sounds. Talented Boothies took the stage and serenaded us with their DJ spinning, acoustic and a cappella melodies, and guitar jamming skills. Kyle Veatch at Chicago Business (Booth’s student-run newspaper) spoke with a few of the artists to learn more about the balance between business student and artist.
When we make the decision to hit submit on our Booth application, the decision impacts not just us, but our family and friends, and most importantly, our partners. We trek from class to networking events, and return back home to tackle our cases, and our partners are our unwavering support. When our stressful and intense socializing at recruiting events makes us antisocial and disagreeable at home, our partners fill the void with compassion and positive energy to keep us trudging forward. When we take a week to take a Random Walk or embark on our “BoothRight,” our partners share our excitement and wanderlust.
As we embark on this Booth journey, we just want to say: We couldn’t do it without you.
The Booth Experience team wants to dedicate this week to our Partners. Check back daily as we bring the perspectives of Partners here in Chicago, long-distance partners, and, of course, our Booth partner duos and their #whyBooth stories.