Let’s face it, even though business school is a two year vacation, sometimes you’ll want to do something productive, whether it’s shoot out a couple of recruiter emails or plan your Spring Break itinerary. When those situations arise, Booth has a variety of productivity enhancing spots. Here are the Top 10, ranked.
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.
When I started at Booth I knew that one of the skills I wanted to continue to cultivate was public speaking. I had always been in awe of the fluency with which great business and political leaders were able to speak in front of their respective audiences. While I wanted to strive towards that oratory ease, I still maintained a common case of stage nerves and fear of blanking in the middle of my speech.
I knew the more I practiced the better I would be, so I leveraged all of the different opportunities at Booth as ways to develop this muscle. Whether it be running for cohort president (where candidates are required to make a small speech in front of classmates) or signing up for Persuasion class, I was determined to find ways to get more practice reps in.
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Why am I here and not somewhere else? I think this question is my constant reminder to keep striving toward my goals and to create change. I came to Chicago Booth, because I truly felt that only here could I explore my ideas and have the resources necessary to ensure their success. The ability to follow your passions and to create new initiatives is endless so long as you have the drive to see the work through. I knew that Booth would give me both the opportunity and the toolkit to create and lead in the capacity that I wanted whether instituting a student group, launching a business venture, or establishing a never before visited Random Walk destination.
For me, this type of leadership involves constantly affecting change. I believe that when I see a problem, I can and should work to implement a solution to solve for the problem. It is up to me to be the change—not someone else.