There was a colorful photo to which I gravitated when writing Booth’s unique application. It was a picture taken at a school event of a performance of a traditional Chinese dance. Alongside the photo, I made a connection to my nerdy excitement for the Emerging Markets Summit (EMS), Booth’s largest student-run conference, and my ambitious plans to convince some big names like President of Brazil to come speak at the event. Now that I am at Booth, I’m surprised by how much of what I wrote in my application has come true.
In honor of Black History Month, the African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) organized a Black Out Day — dedicated to dressing in all black to call attention to the continued struggle for equality for ALL in America. In addition to addressing the fight for justice within Black communities, students wanted to promote awareness of social inequities, and empower those from marginalized communities.
Earlier this month, AudioBooth invaded Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago’s South Loop to showcase some of Booth’s finest musical sounds. Talented Boothies took the stage and serenaded us with their DJ spinning, acoustic and a cappella melodies, and guitar jamming skills. Kyle Veatch at Chicago Business (Booth’s student-run newspaper) spoke with a few of the artists to learn more about the balance between business student and artist.
When we make the decision to hit submit on our Booth application, the decision impacts not just us, but our family and friends, and most importantly, our partners. We trek from class to networking events, and return back home to tackle our cases, and our partners are our unwavering support. When our stressful and intense socializing at recruiting events makes us antisocial and disagreeable at home, our partners fill the void with compassion and positive energy to keep us trudging forward. When we take a week to take a Random Walk or embark on our “BoothRight,” our partners share our excitement and wanderlust.
As we embark on this Booth journey, we just want to say: We couldn’t do it without you.
The Booth Experience team wants to dedicate this week to our Partners. Check back daily as we bring the perspectives of Partners here in Chicago, long-distance partners, and, of course, our Booth partner duos and their #whyBooth stories.
We’re all trying to squeeze out 28 hours of productivity from the 24-hour day. We entered the balancing act of classes, recruiting, and social life in order to learn how to manage and lead in our careers. But with so much to do, how can we be sure we’re extracting real value from our experiences?
Professor Linda Ginzel has given this a lot of thought. She believes the solution is to live the examined life: collect the data of your experience across time, look for patterns and trends to analyze in order to get insight. To this end, she gives all of her students a pen—a green pen—to help them be their own coach. She asks that students prepare for class by writing in a different color, and bring their green pen to class.