Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chicago Booth Admit Weekend II: Meet Your Co-Captains!

Admit Weekend is a terrific opportunity for admitted students to experience life as a Chicago Booth MBA for a weekend. Admits learn about the Booth curriculum, tour Chicago neighborhoods, and have plenty of time to get to know their future classmates. 

It takes lots of planning to make this happen, but fortunately we have a huge team of great volunteers. The students involved on the Admit Weekend Planning Committee take a “Co-Captain” role in a specific, key aspect of the Admit Weekend experience, from neighborhood and housing tours to partners’ programming.

Several of our Co-Captains offer reflections on their experiences and discuss why all admitted students should come to Admit Weekend!
--Matt Richman

John Choi
Volunteer and Operations Co-Captain

When I attended Admit Weekend last year as a prospective student, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of current student volunteers. It really spoke to Booth’s tight community and “pay-it-forward” mentality that is such a big part of Booth’s culture. I’ve definitely received a lot support from both my first year classmates and also the second years during my time at Booth, so I decided to join the planning committee to share this experience with the Admits. As the Operations Co-Captain, I work with over 200(!) student volunteers to ensure that the weekend runs smoothly and all your burning questions are answered. It’s a lot of planning and running around, but I have a lot of fun doing it. I hope you enjoy your Admit Weekend as much as I did and I look forward to meeting many of you!

Neha Poddar and Diego Ibarra
Student Fairs Co-Captains


Having missed out on the opportunity to attend Admit Weekend last year, we are both very excited to be a part of the Admit Weekend 2014 organizing committee and to experience it as volunteers. Admit Weekend is the entire Booth experience condensed into a couple of days and as the co-captains of the student fairs, we hope to provide the admitted students a flavor of student life at Booth. We’ve organized some great events that will give you a sense of all of the resources and opportunities available to students, including:

  • The Career Fair where co-chairs of the various career-focused groups at Booth answer questions about recruiting and professional development
  • The Student Life & Resources Fair (SLRF), which will showcase the different cultural, social, diversity, and sports groups at Booth and give you an opportunity to engage with current students and envision what your social life might look like at Booth
  • The Random Walk Fair, where you’ll learn about the far-flung destinations available to the Class of 2016. Click here to read about Booth’s Random Walk tradition!

It has been an incredible journey for us so far planning these fairs and we hope that you enjoy participating in them. We look forward to meeting you at the fairs!

Matt Riezman
Trivia and Events Co-Captain

My Admit Weekend experience confirmed for me all of the reasons why Booth was the best school for me. Admit Weekend gave me a great chance to experience the program and meet a lot of my future classmates, including my Admit Weekend squad mates, who are still some of my best friends at Booth. One of the highlights for me was the Booth Trivia Challenge. After a nail biter of a final round, my squad emerged victorious! Apparently, this qualified me to lead trivia this year (along with my sidekick Daniel!) Trivia is an awesome opportunity to learn more about Booth and Chicago in an exciting, challenging way. I can’t wait for you all to get here so we can try and stump you while having a lot of fun along the way. See you soon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NFL, MLB, the Food Network…and Big Data? A Uniquely Booth New York Media, Entertainment, and Sports Trek

Jeffrey Chao is a first year student at Chicago Booth. As an active member of the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group (MESG), Jeffrey helped organize MESG’s New York Career Trek in January. Once upon a time in college, Jeffrey interned for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, and he was excited to revisit his old stomping grounds. Jeffrey was recently elected Co-Chair of MESG, and looks forward to helping plan events such as the Trek and the annual MESG Sports Symposium, which he attended this past November and wrote about here.

--Matthew Richman

College Jeff (top) and MBA Jeff (bottom) visit the NFL

Earlier this year, I teamed up with two other first year students, Maile Housel and Phil Caruso, to plan the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group’s New York trek. These industries don’t follow a typical MBA recruiting cycle, making trek planning an exercise in persistence. However, we found that companies in these industries are increasingly looking for bright, ambitious MBA talent. In the end, we secured visits to six companies: Ticketmaster, Brooklyn Bowl, Food Network, Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), and Vox Media. Here are three key takeaways we learned from planning and attending our trek.

1. Network, network, network
Breaking into and succeeding in these industries involve a heavy dose of networking. We utilized all the connections that our expansive Booth network afforded to coordinate our company visits. Some of these contacts included the MESG’s alumni network at MLB and NFL, our collective pre-MBA networks, and a range of Booth alumni. For instance, Sergei Kuharsky ’88, General Manager at Food Network, hosted us for a “lunch and learn”, and Nilay Patel, a University of Chicago 2003 graduate, discussed with us his role as Managing Editor of The Verge, a popular technology news website operated by Vox Media.

The Trek group at the Food Network with Booth
alum Sergei Kuharsky '88
2. Data analytics is the future
At every firm we visited, data analytics were a prominent point of discussion. Representatives from Ticketmaster’s ticketing department talked about utilizing dynamic pricing to combat secondary market sales, while NFL employees discussed quantifying success of its marketing efforts in areas like community relations and corporate sponsorship. Dan Darien, Vice-President of Research and Strategic Planning at MLB, touched on advanced pricing strategies and better understanding of consumer habits through television and digital media data. Hearing about the importance of data analytics made me glad that I secured a spot in this spring’s Sports Analytics class with renowned professors and sports enthusiasts John Huizinga, Tobias Moskowitz, and Kevin Murphy.  Booth has a number of other classes on the cutting edge of analytics and data-driven marketing, such as Data Mining and Managerial Decision Modeling, that help prepare us for internships and jobs.

Ticketmaster corporate visit

3. “A recipe without a story isn’t fun”
When Sergei Kuharsky spoke about how Food Network became one of the most successful cable networks on air today, he philosophized, “A recipe without a story isn’t fun.” Forging a career in media, entertainment, or sports requires hard work, intelligence, and—as all of the people we met with will readily admit—a little bit of luck. But the payoff is a fun job with fun stories. On our trek, we listened to live music while knocking down pins at Brooklyn Bowl, admired all 47 Super Bowl rings prominently displayed in the NFL’s lobby, and checked out Vox Media’s secret gaming cave hidden behind an ordinary bookshelf.

The group poses with the Lombardi Trophy at the NFL

The Trek was a great opportunity for those of us with a passion for the intersection for sports and business to meet the Booth community in these fields, including both the alumni network and our current classmates (and hopefully future colleagues). This Trek, coupled with all the MESG events I’ve attended and specialized classes on the horizon, made me realize how critical my Booth experience will be in shaping my future career path. I’m excited to help facilitate these experiences as MESG Co-Chair next year!

Trek participants at Burger Joint, a “secret” burger place
hidden in Le Meridian Hotel

Monday, March 3, 2014

How to Plan a Booth Career Trek in Five Easy Steps: West Coast Marketing Edition

My name is YaoYao Wang and I’m a first-year MBA at Booth.  This past quarter I helped organize a West Coast Marketing Trek for my classmates over Winter Break.  The trip provided great opportunities for Booth students to get a leg up in internship recruiting, get to know the great companies which hire Booth talent, and spend some quality time with classmates.  As I found out, organizing a trek is hard work, but a rewarding way to engage with the broader Booth community and give back to your classmates.  Here are my five easy steps for organizing a trek:

1.       Decide where you want to go and why
In the weeks leading up to Winter Break, first-years are faced with many difficult decisions: go home for break, relax in Chicago, go on the Ski Trip, or go on one of the many career treks for future bankers, venture capitalists, marketers, retailers, techies, and entrepreneurs. As part of the Chicago Booth Marketing Group, my classmate Joanna Wung and I were excited to lead the West Coast Marketing Trek.   While the Marketing Group had traditionally offered an annual Brand Week on the East Coast, and the annual Tech Trek visited large tech companies on the West Coast, we felt that we could offer something to first-years that was a combination of the two. Since Joanna and I are both originally from California, we knew that we could show our classmates around while also pursuing our professional interests in marketing.

2.       Learn Trek best practices from the experts!
Joanna and I met with Anna Sukenik, one of the Marketing Group Co-Chairs who had led the previous year’s Brand Week, to learn how to organize a trek. This was just the beginning of many helpful interactions we would have with the second years. We also met with various members of the Career Services team to learn about their experiences with Career Treks, their resources and where they could help us. We learned that the alumni network is a great place to start reaching out to people. It was great to get support from so many Booth resources who could give us the benefit of their expert experience.

Trek participants at a SF alumni
networking event
      3.       Get companies signed up!
Our goal was to get companies to set aside some time for us to tour their offices, speak with alumni and current employees, and listen to a company presentation. We created a target list of CPG, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, tech, and retail companies with marketing roles to visit and split up the research to contact alumni. On our radars were some of the largest and most well-known tech companies and mega-retailers, but also some smaller, niche consumer companies. We were amazed by the willingness of Chicago Booth alumni to help out with our trek, even though we had never met any of them before. Some even referred us to their friends at other companies so we could visit them as well! Such a strong showing was a testament to the power of the Booth network.

      4.       Get classmates signed up!
With a list of companies we were working with in hand, we set out to get trek attendees. Joanna and I publicized the trek to our classmates via email blasts and word-of-mouth, thinking that a week in California wouldn’t be too hard to sell to anyone. We got a great group of first-years interested in careers in marketing at California-based companies who were excited to pound the pavement during their Winter Break.

5.       Go on the trek!
Ok, so maybe I skipped a couple of steps (and massive amounts of emails) here but I learned that you can plan out every single minute and still forget some detail. For example, one company had an enormous campus and we ran around trying to find our way out of the maze.  As a result we had to rush to our next meeting. The best you can do in a situation like that is use your best judgment and roll with the punches.

The Trek group outside Google, one of the companies on the Trek
While there are hundreds of companies that give us the convenience of recruiting on-campus with job postings and interviews on-site, there are hundreds more that want to hire Booth MBAs. The trek taught me the importance of reaching out to companies for off-campus opportunities. With so many great resources at our disposal – including second years, student groups, Career Services, and of course the Booth alumni network – the sky’s the limit for our professional goals.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Accelerating Your Emerging Markets Career at the Booth Emerging Markets Summit

The Emerging Markets Summit (EMS) at Chicago Booth is a unique Booth-run conference that gathers professionals and MBA students from and with interests in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, China, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe under one roof.  The event showcases the amazing reach that Booth MBAs have into emerging markets-related careers. The Summit will be held on Saturday April 14, 2014 at the J.W. Marriot in downtown Chicago, and is open to the public.

One of the 2014 conference organizers is Ying Liu, a second-year MBA student at Booth.  Prior to Booth, she worked in management consulting, focusing on the Life Sciences industry.  In addition to helping to organize the EMS, she is a Co-Chair of the Public Speaking and Communications Group, and involved with the Emerging Markets Group.

In this interview, Ying shares why she got involved in planning the EMS, and why Booth is an amazing place to get an MBA for anyone interested in emerging markets business.
--Matt Richman

How did you get involved with the EMS?
I became involved with EMS last year when I received an email soliciting volunteers to help organize the Summit. The Summit is the only MBA conference of its kind uniting four regional conferences and one pan-regional conference under one roof.  The summit facilitates greater cross-cultural knowledge sharing between emerging market business leaders and has been a great way for Booth to differentiate itself as an MBA program focused on developing leaders for firms and institutions operating in any emerging market.  The EMS has significant support from the Chicago Booth administration which allowed us to fully leverage our reach to professors and alumni to make the experience as productive as possible for all attendees. I wanted to be involved in conference planning from the time I heard about the EMS, and took on marketing efforts to help promote the event. Due to my close involvement with EMS last year, I was tapped to lead the organization of this year’s event.

What was your experience at last year’s event?
Last year’s event was a great way to learn about the latest trends and issues in various regions of the world. Among a number of other outstanding topics, I attended a talk from a Managing Director at Nielsen on selling to consumers in Africa and heard the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Chile speak about foreign policy in business development. Over 450 students and professionals attended from around the world – it was such an exciting day! As a member of the planning committee, I also had the opportunity to attend dinner with several of the speakers the evening before and spoke with them in a much more intimate environment about doing business in emerging markets. As someone involved in planning the event, it was personally fulfilling to see all of our efforts come to fruition and receive so much positive feedback from attendees.

What can attendees expect from this year’s conference?
The conference this year will build on last year’s success by bringing in a number internationally-renowned speakers. We have confirmed several speakers, including the CEO of Condé Nast in Mexico and Latin America, a former first lady of Mexico, and the President of an energy firm in Africa. We are planning a CEO-panel which includes current and past CEOs of important firms. This year’s tracks focus on critical issues that matter to business leaders in each region, ranging from Investing to Sales & Marketing to Government-Business relations. In addition to building your knowledge and network in emerging markets business, the conference will give you a sense of how you might use a Booth MBA to launch your own career in this field.

How does the conference show some of the unique features about the Booth academic/networking experience?
The conference provides a unique opportunity for students to network among current students at other MBA programs, with top professors at Booth involved in emerging markets research, and professionals working in or with emerging markets. The Summit showcases Booth’s entrepreneurial drive as it is completely run by students and powered by the vast reach of Booth’s alumni network. In planning the EMS this year, Booth’s alumni network has been an incredible resource to help us to tap into executives working in emerging markets. For incoming students, I have heard from current first year students that the EMS was one of the key factors which led them to choose Booth, as the EMS really differentiates and confirms Booth’s foresight in frontier markets.

Any advice for applicants looking for careers in Emerging Markets?
Attend the 2014 Emerging Markets Summit to learn about hot topics in emerging markets and network with professionals from start-ups to large multi-nationals!  Also, definitely come visit campus and talk to any of the students involved with the EMS or any of the emerging markets-oriented student groups to hear about how their Booth MBAs have positioned them for great careers in their areas of focus.  We have a great community here that is eager to give back in the form of knowledge and advice, so ask away!  Visit the EMS webpage for more information, and I hope to see you there on April 14!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Day-In-The-Life: Investment Banking Interview Edition

First-year Jason Arican recently (and successfully) wrapped up recruiting for an investment banking summer internship.  One of the great strengths of Booth is the number of investment banks which recruit on campus for summer internships and full-time positions all over the US and the world.  This gives Booth students incredible access to firms and a one-stop-shop for internships, with the ability to interview at a number of firms all in one place over the course of a week in January.  Jason shares what the interview experience was like in one of his busier days, and reflects on the great preparation he got from his classmates, the Investment Banking Group, Career Services, and coursework at Booth.  For more on Jason's investment banking recruiting experience, check out his post on his Bank Week recruiting trek to NYC last quarter.
--Matt Richman

4:35 am: Unlike during Bank Week, I will not be hitting the snooze button today. Today is the first day of on-campus recruiting and, as much as I want to, there is no way I can go back to sleep.

4:50 am: I'm out of bed, so that's a solid start. Except now I am I just pacing back and forth across my living room, asking myself the same interview questions out loud and practicing my anticipated answers. I try to outsmart myself by asking a slightly different question, or challenging an answer with a tough follow-up. I pause and laugh at the thought of the proverbial fly on the wall observing a man who has seemingly been driven to madness.

6:56 am: I get a ride today from a fellow classmate who is also recruiting for banking. If all goes well, I will be invited back for final round interviews that take place either this week or next. For as much as this process has been a marathon, now we sprint.

7:50 am: My first interview is not until 9:30 am, so I set up shop in a group study room that a few friends and I have reserved for the day. When we arrived at Booth, students had the option of selecting a second-year student as a mentor and my mentor has been a tremendous help. Last week when we sat down for a mock interview, she gave me a ton of useful tips, including the importance of having a quiet space during interview week as a home base to decompress.  

9:15 am: I arrive at the Career Services wing of the Harper Center. The check-in desk is a bustling central nervous system of Career Services staff, some of whom are directing traffic, while others are doing last minute reviews of resumes and cover letters. I have always been so impressed with just how well-run Booth is. All the details matter, even down to the fact that interview rooms have reverse peep holes on the doors (yes, just like Seinfeld) so that you can look inside to see if an interview is currently in progress before knocking. Maybe I'm just easily impressed but I find that so cool.

9:30 am: For all the nerves that build up in the moments just before the interview, there is a calm and confidence that sets in as I get started. The stakes are high, yes, but we have spent almost a month in formal preparation and informally, we have been preparing for this moment since we arrived on campus in September. This interview in particular is case-based and it requires me to take everything I have learned about valuing a company and apply it to a theoretical scenario – the type of questions for which Booth classes prepare us so well. 

11:20 am: After my first interview, I go back to the study room to hang out with a few classmates and cram in some additional last-minute prep. As I head upstairs for my next interview, I feel the need to pick my energy up so I impulsively slap myself in the face. It gets the adrenaline pumping, but I slap myself a little too hard and now my ears are ringing. I am also worried about now having a red hand mark on the side of my face. This is bad, but I suppose I will be lucky if this is the worst thing that happens to me today.

11:40 am: Mike Tyson once proclaimed, "Everyone has a plan-- until they get punched in the mouth." My next interview is going wonderfully, until I am knocked off guard by a tough finance question. I go blank. I have to pause for a moment and remember that these technical questions are not about getting the right answer, but more about showing how you reason through challenges. I think back to all of the technical mock interviews I had with my classmates, compose myself, and give it my best shot.

1:15 pm: My last interview of the day kicks off and ends up being a breeze compared to the others, and I’m thankful for that. 

1:45 pm: Afterwards, I walk out into the Winter Garden and chat with classmates. People are visibly relaxed at this point and the conversations are a lot more laid-back. We share notes, joke about our slip-ups and regrettable answers, or just try to talk about anything but interviews.

6:03 pm:  My heart jumps as my phone rings with an unfamiliar number on the screen.  I pick up and one of my interviewers from earlier in the day calls with the good news that I’ve been invited to a final round tomorrow in their Chicago office (the nice thing about attending business school in Chicago is that whether you are recruiting for Chicago or other cities, many of the interviews happen here). Can I drop everything to join them for a few hours downtown?  Absolutely.

In retrospect, I thought the day went well. As a class, we have spent hours and days together getting ready for this important phase in the business school time line. This has truly been a team effort in all aspects, ranging from second-year students who have been generous with their time and guidance, as well as the world-class team in Career Services. I am certain that, on the whole, we will all find the best internship for our goals.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ferris Boothie's Day Off

Mike dressed as Ferris Bueller
for Halloween
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Chicago?  When you come to Chicago Booth for a visit, try to experience the city like a local – and let first-year Booth MBA (and Ferris Bueller aficionado) Mike Janko be your guide.

Prior to Booth, Mike worked at an entrepreneurial real estate investment firm, acting as Debt Portfolio Manager, Asset Manager, and Investment Analyst during his tenure.  At Booth, Mike is a member of the Admit Weekend planning committee, Follies Creative Team, Management Consulting Group, and Ski and Snowboard Club.  In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the array of neighborhoods in his native Chicago … and playing hooky once in a while.
--Matt Richman

“How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?”

In the classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the title character utters this memorable line moments after he tricks his parents into thinking that he is sick and requires a day off from school.  Inspired by the free day before him, Ferris then leads his friends on a spectacular, day-long adventure, exploring the artistic, scenic, culinary, and cultural offerings of the nearby metropolis – Chicago.

Born and raised in Chicagoland, I have always idolized Ferris Bueller and his antics.  To me, Ferris embodies the best characteristics of our beloved Chicago: a friendly, optimistic demeanor; a passion for maintaining rich cultural traditions; an openness to exploration; and an ability to stand up and inspire.  Given these qualities, I cannot call any other city home, and I am eager to show my fellow Boothies why.

But how can I persuade you, visitor to Chicago Booth, that Chicago provides the perfect backdrop for business school?  Perhaps I can lead you on a day-long adventure of Chicago that will leave you almost wondering, like Ferris, how you could possibly focus on school with such an enticing city around you?

The Plan:

Leave your accommodations and grab some caffeine at an Intelligentsia Coffee location, a direct-trade coffee and tea retailer born in the Lakeview neighborhood.  Should you be near The Doughnut Vault or a Glazed & Infused location, please supplement your warm beverage with a piece of freshly baked heaven.
Glazed & Infused's Maple Bacon Long John...cue Homer Simpson drool
Arrive at Randolph and Michigan and meander through the modern landscape of Millennium Park.  Embrace your inner tourist and snap a picture of your twisted reflection on “The Bean” before walking across the bridge to the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Footbridge from Millennium Park to the Art Institute
There, enjoy the well-curated collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American art, which include such iconic works as Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Wood’s American Gothic, and Hopper’s Nighthawks.

Hopper's Nighthawks, on display at the Art Institute of Chicago
Are you hungry after viewing an assortment of still-life paintings?  Yes?  Good.  Head towards the West Loop, Chicago’s flourishing culinary neighborhood, and enjoy a relaxing lunch at Michelin-starred Blackbird or Sepia.  Though fine-dining establishments, both restaurants provide more reasonably priced lunch menus than dinner menus.  Should you want something more casual, head across the Michigan Avenue Bridge (allowing your jaw to drop at the gorgeous cityscape along the river) and try the choriqueso torta and classic hot chocolate at Xoco.

Chicago River view from the Michigan Ave. Bridge
After lunch, take in Chicago’s incredible downtown architecture – the birthplace of the skyscraper.  The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a number of tours – by boat, on foot, or by train or trolley – of Chicago’s architectural icons.  Or, just hop on a CTA elevated “L” train in the Loop, crank up Kanye West in your ear buds, and enjoy the ride and view.

View of the Harold Washington Library from the L
As the sun sets over the Windy City, ascend to a rooftop oasis – like the famous Signature Lounge atop the Hancock Building or the The J. Parker – to sip from a frosty beverage while gazing at a panoramic view of Chicago.    

View from the 96th floor of the Hancock Building
Afterwards, head north for a unique bite at the legendary Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.  Situated directly across from the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (in a building that served as an Al Capone mobster lookout), CPOG offers pizza like you’ve never seen it.  Literally, or your tuition back.  (Note: The University of Chicago Bursar does not endorse this message.)

End the night with a laugh at The Second City – the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world.  The launching point for such comedians as Tina Fey, Steve Carell, and Stephen Colbert (ever heard of them?), The Second City offers various stages to discover how Chicagoans best poke fun at life and the city that they call home.

Whether you now retreat to bed, grab another frosty beverage or two at The Barrelhouse Flat, or enjoy blues at the renowned Kingston Mines, hopefully you have developed a strong affinity for my and Ferris’s hometown, Chicago. The city provides a truly world-class cultural and culinary playground that will keep you and your classmates salivating, learning, exploring, admiring, laughing, and dancing for your two years at Booth – or a lifetime, if me, Ferris, and Chicago have any say. 
A true Chicagoan since birth, (Baby) Mike being held by
Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Admit Weekend on the Horizon: Meet your Co-Captains!

Admit Weekend is a terrific opportunity for admitted students to experience life as a Chicago Booth MBA for a weekend. Admits learn about the Booth curriculum, tour Chicago neighborhoods, and have plenty of time to get to know fellow future Booth MBAs.

It takes lots of planning to make this happen, but fortunately we have a huge team of great volunteers. The students involved on the Admit Weekend Planning Committee take a “Co-Captain” role in a specific, key aspect of the Admit Weekend experience, from neighborhood and housing tours to partners’ programming.

Several of our Co-Captains offer reflections on their experiences and discuss why all admitted students should come to Admit Weekend!
--Matt Richman

Mary Cate Waris and Jennifer Phillips
Admit Weekend Squad Leader Co-Captains

We both attended Admit Weekend last year and we had such a great time meeting everyone and learning more about the Booth community that we were excited to be involved in planning and organizing the 2014 events. As the Squad Leader Co-Captains we are responsible for selecting and training the squad leaders (current students who help lead admitted students through the Admit Weekend activities) and for organizing many of the events that you will take part in over the weekend. As you may know, Booth uses a cohort and squad system for the LEAD course that all first year students will take. After LEAD, students take whatever courses they want independent of any cohort; however cohorts and squads still function like your home base throughout your time at Booth. Admit Weekend squads work the same way. The squad and cohort activities of Admit Weekend will give you an opportunity to have fun and get to know both your new classmates and Booth’s current students. We hope that you will enjoy participating in the activities as much as we have enjoyed preparing them. Your Admit Weekend squad will introduce you to many of your closest friends during your time and Booth, as it did for us. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Emma Tan
Partners Co-Captain

Starting business school is an exciting journey for not only us, but also for our partners. While moving to a new city can be hard for a couple, Booth has great resources, such as the Partners Club, and an inviting culture that help make our significant others feel like an integral part of the Booth community. The experience so far at Booth for me and my husband has been wonderful, and I wanted to give back as part of the Admit Weekend team. Working as a co-captain to plan the partner-specific programming is a great opportunity for me and my team to share our experience and help admitted students and partners get ready to make the most of their time at Booth. Through the partner experience panel, we will invite students and their partners to talk about the fun and surprises they had living in the Booth community, offer tips, and answer questions about Chicago. We also planned a Chicago resource fair to create an opportunity for partners to share information, make new friends, and bond with this amazing community at Booth! It has been an incredible experience for us to be part of the Admit Weekend Planning Committee to share our excitement about being at Booth with the incoming class!

Prakriti Mishra
Neighborhood and Housing Tours Co-Captain

I am a former UChicago undergrad, and although I moved to NYC after graduation, I was hesitant about coming to Admit Weekend last year, because I felt like I already "knew" Booth and Chicago. However, I am glad I went against my instincts, and flew out for Admit Weekend. The Booth that I saw at Admit Weekend was vibrant, intelligent, and incredibly fun! In the three days over Admit Weekend, I met my current roommate, talked to 2nd years who got me interested in technology and consulting, and saw the city of Chicago in a completely new light. Now, as a Co-Captain for the Neighborhood and Housing Tours, I hope to provide admitted Booth students with a fun, informative and engaging way to see the city for themselves. We have student hosts and tour guides to take our guests around some of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods, and give them a chance to see some of the apartments that current Boothies live in. I hope many of you will take this opportunity to get to know Chicago, and I look forward to seeing you on a tour around one of Chicago’s many exciting neighborhoods!