One of the things you realize as soon as you get to Booth is the how much the flexible curriculum differentiates your MBA experience—not only from other schools, but from one student to the next. When looking around the classroom, no one is there for the exact same reason as you because everyone has a distinct motivation for why that course is important to their specific MBA plan. But the flexibility actually goes way beyond just being able to build out your coursework however you want. I remember reading an article a couple years ago by Kurt Ahlm, the Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions at Booth, about the real impact of Booth’s flexibility. Thought it might be of interest, especially as people have some extra time around the holidays to dig deep into the distinguishing factors of what makes Booth such an exceptional place to get your MBA.
At Booth, there are many opportunities outside the classroom to flex your leadership skills. Whether it’s formal roles as a member of Graduate Business Council (Booth’s student government, colloquially known as “GBC”), a student group co-chair, or even an organizer of a Spring Break trip (HUGE groups of 1Ys go to Colombia and 2Ys go to Israel)—here’s never a shortage of formal or informal ways to get experience taking charge or motivating groups for the Booth community.
What are just as prevalent, but perhaps less heard about, are the ways you can work with diverse, non-business-related groups outside of Booth; experiences that I find even more formative. One particular opportunity in which Boothies have been getting more involved is Graduate Council (that’s GBC minus the B), the student government for all graduate students at the University of Chicago. I’ve found it particularly enriching for a few reasons.
The world around us is constantly changing and so are we. Throughout our lives, we adopt new hobbies and interests that reflect who we are. Chicago Booth gets it, and encourages students to optimize their MBA experiences to fit their personalities and passions like a glove. For example, this year, the Booth curriculum boasted 18 new courses for students to choose from – more than any other business school.
The spirit of new does not stop there; every year, Boothies enjoy fresh extracurricular programming and opportunities to explore existing hobbies or develop new ones. In this blog, we will cover two new clubs that were just launched by Booth students for Booth students – one official and one unofficial – the Veg and Draft Beer Clubs.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, was always my favorite festival growing up. My family would celebrate by lighting diyas (tealights) around the house and along the perimeter of our driveway. Diwali always consisted of dressing up in new clothes, spending time with family and friends, and celebrating the bright start of a new year.
As the weather starts to get cold here in Chicago and recruiting season is in full swing, let’s take a look back on a time a few months ago when we were all just getting to know each other and our worries were less so on midterms and more so on remembering all your new classmates’ names. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Random Walks. You appeared to have had amazing experiences to share and have instilled a healthy amount of FOMO in those who were not lucky enough to be on your trip. Below are some of our favorites pics in no particular order (alphabetical actually). Feel free to click on the photos to explore the accounts to find more great shots from each of the trips!