Hello! We are the incoming “The Booth Experience” team (TBE) and we are so excited to share with you as many student stories and Booth experiences as we can over the next year! We will do our best to provide readers with a comprehensive, candid, and in-depth view of what it’s like to be an MBA student at Chicago Booth. From where we live, to our favorite classes, to the coolest places to go on a date in Chicago, we’ll give you an insider’s perspective of the entire Booth experience from start to finish.
But first, we’d like to tell you a little about ourselves and #WhyBooth is where we chose Booth to pursue our MBAs…
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.
This past Saturday, the Graduate Business Council (GBC) hosted Spring Fling, a 400-person, all you can eat dinner cruise around Lake Michigan! Last year’s theme was tropical beach party, but we decided to class it up this year with a masquerade party! Here are some of our favorite photos! 🎭⛵🌅
What do you do when you have a chance to present to people who can be connections for you and help you with your goals?
That is what the New Venture Challenge class experience teaches participants in the ten weeks they spend as part of the course As the New Venture Challenge (NVC) enters its final round this week, the businesses that have gone through it have evolved and so have the entrepreneurs and their teams. Those selected for NVC have to take the class, which includes two rounds of pitching to potential investors. I sat in one of the pitching sessions and it was a wonderful learning experience even though I wasn’t trying to get any idea sold.
Here at Booth, an interesting and special story is never a scarcity, especially after summer internships. But when I talked to Jesse Taylor, the founder of Verdant Financial Services and a good friend from the trenches of Commercializing Innovation, I was still very shocked by how special his summer internship was in an industry I had only heard about from news and movies—cannabis. This story is also a little bit special as it is about an entrepreneur who hustled into NVC when his proposal was originally denied—the only one of its kind. I have no doubt that his persistence and perseverance will be helpful moving the business forward in this new industry. Here’s Jesse’s story…