Jon Hussain

Hometown: Evanston, IL

City Before Booth: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate School and Major: Vanderbilt University

Pre-Booth Job: Derivatives Trader at Consolidated Trading

Summer Internship: Summer Consultant at BCG

Concentrations at Booth: Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Computer Science (through MPCS dual-degree program)

Favorite Booth Class/Professor: Platform Competition with Austan Goolsbee

Current Leadership Roles: Co-Chair Belgian Club; Co-Chair Space Commerce Society

What are some of the student groups you’ve been involved with?
Belgian Club, EVC, FinTech Club, AI/ML Club, Space Commerce Society

One thing you wish you had known when applying for MBA programs?
It’s ok to be a little selfish from time to time. From the moment you step foot into school during your first year there will be a number of competing priorities including classes, recruiting, friends, and family. It’s important to make sure that you are prioritizing the right things for yourself. Try not to get caught up in what your friends are doing and what you aren’t, but rather figure out what matters most to you and just do that. You’ll be way less stressed out and happier in the long run. Not to mention, you only have two years to make the most out of the experience! 

What’s your advice for admission applicants?
Get constant feedback on your application from the people who know you best. It’s easy to get lost in the depths of making your application as comprehensive as possible. However, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t lose your “voice” in the application process. What helped me the most was getting constant feedback from my friends, family, and colleagues to make sure that my “voice” was always present in everything I turned in. At the end of the day, MBA programs want to make sure they have a well-rounded class and this constant feedback will make sure you express yourself as authentically as possible. 

Why did you choose Chicago Booth?
Booth is flexible in almost every way. The curriculum, social opportunities, amazing faculty, and the city of Chicago provide so many different iterations of how you can do your two years at Booth. 

What is your favorite Booth Experience?
My favorite Booth Experience thus far has been my pre-MBA Random Walk to Ireland. Not only was I able to explore a country that I had never been to, but I was able to make meaningful connections with my future classmates in a low-stakes, fun environment. A lot of the people on my trip are my best friends at Booth now.

What do you hope an MBA will help you achieve in your future?
I hope it can provide me with a plethora of opportunities, both professionally and personally. 

Fun Fact: I’m a twin.

Your Chicago Neighborhood: Wicker Park

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field

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