How do we make it more acceptable to say that business school is challenging? There are times when it isn’t the two year vacation we expected, and that’s okay. Recruiting stress and academic stress are real, but they should not be trivialized in a world where performance is king. It is not bad to be super-involved, high-achieving, and career-focused individuals. It is dangerous when we dehumanize our purpose and overlook the good each of us has to offer.
At Booth, there are investment bankers, entrepreneurs, veterans, lawyers, teachers, consultants and more. These are the career personas we see. But, what about the actual people inside these stereotypical professions? Do we know who they are? Beyond careers, there are personal stereotypes we consciously or unintentionally assign to each individual through gender roles, academic performance, workplace expectations, or domestic environments. By doing so, we put additional pressure on an already high stakes business school journey. This pressure is why I wear a mask, partly by choice and partly by demand.
Many assume that as a former collegiate athlete I’m competitive, self-interested, and inaccessible. They assume that because I’m at Booth I’m analytical and Type-A. What they don’t know is that as a D1 athlete I opted out of “athletic housing” and ... (Click to continue reading)
President Barack Obama reportedly interviewed at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business on April 7th for a spot in the Class of 2018, according to sources.