Congratulations to everyone in the Class of 2018! We’re excited to be part of an outstanding class of Boothies who will be graduating tomorrow and going out into the world to make our mark. Our time at Booth has been amazing, full of new experiences and successes — from Nobel Prize winning faculty to our very own TBE teammate winning the Social New Venture Challenge!
Speaking of Nobel laureate professors, Richard Thaler will be our commencement speaker this year. We look forward to celebrating this major achievement with such an accomplished yet humble pillar of the Chicago Booth community. And we couldn’t be more proud to call ourselves the newest members of the Chicago Booth alumni network.
One of my goals when I was looking at MBA programs was to develop myself as a leader, and I chose Booth because I recognized the school’s focus on this goal as well. The indicator was that our sole mandatory class is Leadership Effectiveness and Development, better known as LEAD. Taught by second-year students, LEAD is our first class at Booth. It teaches you a range of important leadership skills, from first impressions to cross-cultural communications.
For me, what the LEAD course kick-started in my leadership development during my first quarter — Leadership Practicum truly helped round out as I finish up my second year.
Continue reading Leadership Practicum: Learning to Lead at Booth
Last week was exciting… to say the least. The startup I founded with fellow classmate Frankie Schiller was selected as the new 2018 John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge champion! Our idea, Autism in Motion Clinics, aims to set up and operate autism clinics in markets that have substantial and underserved populations of children with autism, such as in Arkansas, where we are currently running a pilot program.
Read more about our social startup here!
Me with Social New Venture namesake John Edwardson (on left) and AIM cofounder and joint Booth and School of Social Service Administration student Frankie Schiller (on right).
As I’m wrapping up my last quarter here at Chicago Booth, my mind is running through a whirlwind of what seems like far-off memories. The drive from Colorado, first day of classes, investment banking recruiting, trips across the world, and the list goes on. Contemplating what I imagine will eventually seem like a small glimpse in time, I find myself reflecting on one aspect of this experience that I feel is illustrative of the whole.
My first year at Business School was tough. Awash with a number of competing tasks—moving to a new city, navigating the waters of recruiting, maintaining a family, nurturing lifelong friendships—it was critical that I had the right network in place to help alleviate some of the stress, so that I may successfully emerge from this experience. More often than not, I came to find that members of the African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) were more than willing to fill this gap. AAMBAA has served as more than just a professional resource, it has been my family.
Continue reading Reflections of a Booth MBA: Family, Student, and Alumni Community
It’s commonly thought that business school students travel a lot. While our Instagram feeds may lead others to believe that we are #foreveronvacation, in reality there are many reasons Boothies travel. With school trips, interviews, case competitions, and student-organized getaways, there are a plethora of motives to hop on plane and jet set away. Below are a few trips we have taken during our first year at Booth!
Continue reading Why Boothies Travel (so much)