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Behind the scenes of the Japan Spring Break Trek 2018

After coming back to Chicago from Japan Trek 2018—the experience of a lifetime—I received one email. It said: “Dear Atsushi, We had such a wonderful time in Japan and you put in so much effort it was just wonderful and we cannot say thank you enough for all your energy. Thank you.” It was sent by the Japan Trek  participants with a gift card.

 

I was so excited  that I immediately showed it to the other Trek leaders, and realized they had also received the same message! What more could I ask for as a Trek leader?

While there were some challenges to organize the trek, it was an incredibly rewarding experience. The thank you note reminded me of what made the trip so special. Although this could be self-applauding, the beauty of the Japan Trek truly came from the diversity of experiences of the trek leaders and how well we worked together.

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2018 Best and Brightest MBAs

This week, Poets & Quants released their annual list of Best and Brightest MBAs — and a couple of our fellow Booth classmates were featured! Who are they? Jonathan Osser is a former child actor looking to pivot into biz dev in the entertainment biz, and Rodrigo Studart is in the midst of launching his own low-calorie ice cream company in Brazil called MUU.

Take a closer look at what these two Boothies are up to and find out their biggest achievements during b-school, which classmates they most admire,  and what their advice is for anyone applying to Booth.

Read more about Jonathan Osser and Rodrigo Studart or see the entire P&Q 2018 Best and Brightest article here

Bringing it Together at Booth’s Leadership Vision Retreat

I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I signed up for the Booth Leadership Vision Retreat, though it was an  concept that had been brewing in Booth’s Leadership Development Office for several years. What I found was an incredible opportunity to get out of Chicago for a weekend, reflect on what was important, share my experiences with my community, and think about the next steps in my life.

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Decoding the Booth Dictionary (Episode II)

A team of physics PhDs works tirelessly in an isolated bunker under the UChicago quadrangle, unrelenting in their quest to uncover the universal secrets of quantum mechanics. Nearby at the Oriental Institute, lifelong archaeologists (likely wearing fedoras and wielding leather bullwhips) push day and night to make sense of ancient hieroglyphics etched by a civilization long extinct from this world.

Meanwhile, over at the Harper Center, a new first-year student asks a friend, “what’s this crop circle I keep hearing about?” It’s not the Martian invasion – it’s round 2 of the official Boothie Decoder Ring!

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Decoding the Booth Dictionary (Episode I)

When I transitioned from military to MBA, I thought I’d left the world of acronyms and confusing organizational lingo behind me. Little did I know, Chicago Booth was ready for me with a whole new set of idiosyncratic slang.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

Boothie (noun) – a current or former student at Chicago Booth. The term itself is almost universally hated because of its “cutesie” nature, and yet we all continue to use it.

Note: You might think that Boothie or Boothy could also be used as an adjective, but the correct way to describe the level at which someone displays Booth-like qualities is actually Boothie-ness. I’m not making this up.

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