At some point during my admission interview, my interviewer asked, “Would you describe yourself as an extrovert?” Full disclosure, we were 30 minutes into the conversation and I’m fairly certain I had given answers that led him to realize how introverted I was and he was likely looking for my response just to see if I knew myself. My response was a definite NO. Followed by very detailed explanation of why I thought being extroverted was overrated. Spoiler alert: I was admitted, but I spent a lot of time before that call wondering how I could have been so careless. And even after I knew Booth wanted me, that didn’t stop me from worrying about the kind of experience I would have once I got there. Continue reading The Introvert MBA
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:
Entering my second year, I realized that packing more exciting things into an already busy-enough schedule is what we have become really good at. One of the most important secrets to make everything work is the people around me. During the course of the past 4 months, I was lucky enough to join a fantastic journey about virtual reality.
Read on to find out how a handful of us Booth students made our mark on the media and entertainment industry with our winning market strategy pitch for TV and online video innovation.
I lived for 2 years with an MBA student as a roommate before I came to Booth. At the time, I couldn’t understand why she was always so busy. She also kept traveling from coast to coast at times, and when I asked her why she would say “recruiting.” But honestly, I never fully appreciated how action-packed life can be during recruiting season till I came to Booth myself. So for the uninitiated, here’s a peek into my life last Thursday thru Saturday as I traveled for interviews, while balancing academics and my extra-curricular leadership responsibilities.
We at Chicago Booth, are extremely lucky that David Booth, founder and CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, has maintained a strong relationship with the MBA program and often visits campus to spend time with the students. When the alum and eponymous patron of Chicago Booth came to campus to discuss leadership lessons a few weeks back, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!
In a light-hearted chat with Professor Harry Davis, Mr. Booth spoke to a packed house about being a leader, building and maintaining trust, practicing creativity, and translating thinking into action.