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Why I Became a LEAD Facilitator

At Booth, we pride ourselves on the flexible curriculum, but there is one required class every first-year student must take their first quarter: Leadership Effectiveness And Development—or LEAD for short. Through LEAD, students explore how their personality and cultural experiences impact their leadership style and receive valuable 360 feedback on how their professional behavior is perceived. But the course doesn’t only provide value to first-years. For a select group of ~40 second-year students (including me), it provides the unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a curriculum for the incoming first-years that directly impacts the culture of leadership at Booth.

We call ourselves LEAD Facilitators (Facils for short)—recognizable by our stylish Leadership Development Office polos and unmistakable charm. But we don’t do it (just) for the free swag and recognition. Every Facil’s motivations may be different, here are mine…

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Travelling with locals – Discovering Lebanon

Roughly 30% of Booth’s full-time program is composed of international students, hailing from all corners of the earth. Over the years, international students have planned “unofficial treks” to their home countries and invited fellow Boothies along for a glimpse of their rich cultures, customs, and stomping grounds.

Before heading back to Chicago to start classes, I travelled to Lebanon with a group of 11 2Ys for a week-long country tour. My classmates, Jad Houry and Stephanie Saade, grew up in Beirut and were the perfect guides to show us all that Lebanon has to offer. We got the opportunity to not only visit Lebanon, but experience the country through the eyes of locals.

And what better way to share this Booth experience than to show you?

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Being an Introvert in the MBA

Last year, TBE blogger Oma Nwabudike posted an article about being an introverted MBA student. It turned out to be one of our most-read blog posts of all time! 

Whichever way you lean on the Myers-Briggs scale, this is a raw look into how the less extroverted types thrive in the business school environment, especially at Booth.

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Intense Curiosity in Common

Our Class of 2020 has arrived on campus and they are finishing up their first week of Orientation. In true Booth fashion, this class is made up of a diverse group that represents a wide range of industries and functions. For example, one incoming student, Grace Zimmerly, was previously a lead for overdose reduction initiatives with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area in New York and New Jersey.

While we may all come from very different professional backgrounds, Grace says there is a common factor across her Booth classmates, “Intense curiosity, broadly applied.” Hear more from Grace’s interview with Poets & Quants about her past job, what led her to Booth, and what she’s most looking forward to during the next two years. 

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Meet the New Team!

Hi there! The Booth Experience new team here — we are so excited to share with you as many student stories and Booth experiences as we can over the next year!

We’ll do our best to provide readers with a comprehensive, candid, and in-depth glimpse of what it’s like to be an MBA student at Chicago Booth. From our favorite classes and recruiting advice to internship insights and where we live in Chicago, we’ll give you an insider’s look at the entire Booth experience from start to finish.

Our team comes from different backgrounds, regions of the world, and professional walks of life. With that, we promise diverse perspectives and a range of viewpoints, not to mention all of the varying POVs from our many student guest bloggers!

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