Winter break provided me with time to reflect about 2016, a year in which I moved 9,896 km from home (Israel) to pursue my Chicago Booth MBA. This was a thrilling voyage and as a social media enthusiast, I had to share my recollections online (see below). My posts resonated with many who reached out to me, inquiring about this whole MBA-in-America thing. TBE readers can find the topics relatable, so here’s a quick recap.
When I first got admitted to Booth, a lot of people were excited for me but most of that excitement was followed by “are there any Africans there?” In the spirit of the holidays and because a lot of recent admits might be getting the same questions while prospective applicants may be asking those questions, I’d like to present (some of) the Africans of Booth. I’ll start with myself:
Joe Osnoss addresses a packed room of students gathered for Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity (EFPE) taught by Professor Steven Kaplan, one of Booth’s most coveted and ‘expensive’ (in terms of bid points, of course!) classes. Joe Osnoss is Managing Director at Silver Lake Partners, and is a leading voice in the Private Equity world – he discusses nuances in taxation with the same ease that he talks about negotiating with stakeholders across the deal table. What I like about the lecture is his ability to ‘zoom in’ – with incredible mastery over financial intricacies, and at the same time ‘zoom out’ – weaving several years of investing experience into his judgment.
This is one of the core aspects of the Chicago Booth Curriculum – it integrates deep academic research with speakers from industry who offer relevant and actionable insight on how to apply a theoretical framework in business.
It seemed like any other weekday when our tiny household received two game-changing phone calls. Within 90 minutes, each of us was contacted by Chicago Booth’s Admissions bearing the dream news: “You’re in!” We knew it straight away; life would never be the same.
Nearing matriculation, we decided on our student couple mission statement: Grow individually, without growing apart. To us, Booth’s flexible curriculum and “build your own adventure” approach provide the perfect setting to do so. Our photo journal offers a glimpse into a typical action-packed day in the life of a Boothie couple. Hold tight, this will be a quite a ride!
Continue reading A Day in the Life: A Booth Couple Edition
We talk about the value of different perspectives in LEAD and in classes like Managing in Organizations, Business Politics and Ethics, Managerial Decision Making, and many others. But what I find so invaluable about my Booth experience is that Booth is a place where diversity is not only taught but experienced firsthand. Booth is a rich, diverse place where I am constantly growing and learning from my peers who come from such a wide array of backgrounds.
And as today is Veterans Day, I wanted to express my gratitude to be able to learn from and alongside my amazing classmates who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces of their respective countries. Booth currently has 78 student veterans, 33 of which are international veterans from South Korea, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, and Greece, and their military experiences bring an invaluable point of view to the classroom and the Booth community at large.
We are so lucky to have our Booth veterans and I wanted to use this platform to spotlight a few with stories that they have chosen to share.