Put People First: IRL with Eileen Ward

Eileen Ward, Graduate of the Class of 2016

Eileen Ward, Graduate of the Class of 2016

If you know Eileen Ward, you know she lights up a room. Before she graduates, read what Eileen has learned from Booth and which lessons she has applied to Booth, in return.

Booth taught Eileen about negotiating. In her sales role, this is surely applicable everyday.

“You should over ask in negotiations, and expect to have a compromise in the end. You can optimize by finding small concessions to demonstrate that you respect the other party and their desires,” Eileen shares.

To Eileen, it is about how you made the other person feel.

“Psychologically, everyone desires feeling respected, likes winning, and also feeling like they are being nice or generous – so, if you play your strategy right, you can actually get what you want quite often, if you’re willing to appeal to what is most important to other people before instinctually being selfish.”

My favorite part of this interview is when Eileen added what real life has taught her and how she has applied that lesson to Booth:

“Put people first, and everything else will follow. Everybody puts their pants on one leg at a time. If you think about the burden or stress people feel in a given day – school, work, family obligations, money – they just want to feel like they’re getting by in a positive way. If you can help people in those endeavors – by pulling your weight to alleviate that level of stress, you’ll make friends very easily. If you do your best, chances are that’ll be enough,” Eileen says.

To new students, Eileen shares her advice:

“When you go in, go in positive, make friends, don’t worry about the academics as much, figure out where your heart leads you in terms of which groups matter to you. If you don’t come in with a roadmap, you’re missing the boat why you get an MBA.

“If you come in with a few things you want to take away from it and you aggressively pursue those things, you’ll be well served by the time you’re exhausted and burnt out in the backend. You’ll have talking points and friends and people who like you to survive the backend.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and no one enjoys the backend of a marathon. The stakes go up the further in you get - due to OCR, trying to change careers, or getting the promotion at work. So, you might as well maximize the stakes when they’re as low as possible. It’s all about optimizing,” she shares.

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

“Take an inventory – are there people you wanted to get to know that you thought were so cool, have you reminded the people that you met in the beginning that you love them, and what are you doing to show them that? Did you wish them a happy birthday or send them Christmas cards? Did you like their new job on LinkedIn? What’s the game plan to stay relevant?”

The best part about Booth for Eileen? “I met the most amazing, hardworking people who know what it is to be a good teammate and have really noble ambitions.”

Catherine works at Northern Trust in wealth management, loves yoga, creating content on www.cfndaily.com, and the peanuts at the Midway.

 

Chicago Business Fellows Autumn 12 Cohort Winds Down

Captions & Photos By Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

Autumn CBF batch 12 (in white) take on the CBF alumni team (in black) during the annual CBF football game on Nov. 13 at Oz Park. The alumni group prevailed as winners.

 

Fellows from the Spring and Autumn 2016 batches were grouped into teams to sell products and services to their part-time MBA peers for the CBF Marketplace on Nov. 19. High-performing teams were recognized with titles such as the Revenue Award (for high revenues with low costs), the Brand Equity Award (for successful implementation of brand strategy), and the Start-up Award (for an entrepreneurial idea that effectively addresses an area of need).

 

Weekend CBF students TIffany Yang ’19 and Andrew Kerosky ’19 take in the CBF football game with their dogs on Nov. 13.

Weekend CBF students TIffany Yang ’19 and Andrew Kerosky ’19 take in the CBF football game with their dogs on Nov. 13.

Holding down a full-time job and being a dog owner is tough. Couple that with traveling to Chicago on a weekly basis for a part-time MBA program makes matters even tougher for students like Tiffany Yang ’19 and Andrew Kerosky ’19, who brought their dogs to Chicago from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Fort Worth, Texas, respectively for the CBF football game.

“It’s tough managing the various competitions for your time,” Kerosky says.

Yang agrees. “Sometimes the decision is like, do you do work? Do you do homework? Or do you take care of your dog?”

“You end up having to multitask a little bit,” Kerosky adds. “Hang out with the dogs, while doing homework. It’s not easy.”

Klariza Alvaran works at Curiosity.com and does freelance marketing. She enjoys writing sci-fi, crocheting hats, and making music.

PE Group Unites E/W, Full-Time, and Executive MBAs

Matthew Bey (‘18) was able to bring together E/W, Full-Time, and Executive MBAs for a great networking opportunity.

Matthew Bey (‘18) was able to bring together E/W, Full-Time, and Executive MBAs for a great networking opportunity.

On Saturday, November 5th, the Evening/Weekend Private Equity Club hosted an event very unique to most held at the Midway Club. The group decided to hold a networking event aimed at bringing together not just members of the E/W community, but also students and alumni from the Booth Full-Time and Executive MBA programs interested in or working within the Private Equity or Venture Capital space.

    “A year-long goal of the E/W Private Equity Club is to build a stronger Booth community,” states Matthew Bey (‘18), Co-Chair of the group. “We started last quarter by co-hosting a networking event with the E/W Search Fund Club, and expanded our scope this quarter in experimenting with a cross-program networking event. The collective response across all three programs was ‘why don’t we do this more often?’”

    The event had 100 RSVPs and a strong turnout from all three student bodies. Conversations ranged from investment strategies and portfolio building to how one can get their foot in the door with a local PE or VC firm. The event included both current students and alumni brought together with a common interest, and for two hours leading into the evening, the Midway Club was home to cross-program conversations that would have been difficult to have otherwise.

Mike Sharifi, Class of 2018

Mike Sharifi, Class of 2018

    “The E/W Private Equity Club is going to continue to host community building networking events, and we encourage everyone to do their part to help us continue the trend,” said Bey.

Hopefully, other clubs can take the success of this event as a starting point for future cross-program initiatives that will better unite the entirety of the Booth community.

Mike is an Evening MBA Student and a Senior Consultant at Vista Consulting Group. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.

 

Spotlight on Lab Courses at Booth

Entrepreneurial Discovery

Entrepreneurial Discovery students (from left) Greg Johnston ’18, Brittany Genelin ’18, Erica Watkins Ryan ’18, and Aviv Shalgi ’18 discuss next steps on an assignment while in class.

Entrepreneurial Discovery students (from left) Greg Johnston ’18, Brittany Genelin ’18, Erica Watkins Ryan ’18, and Aviv Shalgi ’18 discuss next steps on an assignment while in class.

While most of my fellow Autumn 2016 entrants in the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs have focused their first quarters on completing Foundation Courses, I’ve been mostly heads-down in electives. Aside from the Creative Writing class I wrote about before, I am also enrolled in Entrepreneurial Discovery.

Entrepreneurial Discovery was established to service the first “D” in the D4 innovation process for entrepreneurship at Booth (i.e. Discover, Design, Develop, Do) and doubles as an initial step on the road to the Edward L. Kaplan ’71 New Venture Challenge. In fact, several former students of the course have gone on to be part of winning teams at NVC, including the 2016 winner, Transparent Career.

Since its creation, Entrepreneurial Discovery has been taught or co-taught by Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Polsky Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Tebbe. Tebbe is a veteran entrepreneur—having sold two successful tech companies post-IPO, an angel investor, and a highly regarded tech industry leader who is now sharing his wisdom with aspiring entrepreneurs at Booth.

Now at seven weeks in, I have to agree that the learning experience is worthwhile for any student with entrepreneurial inclinations (and can make it down to Hyde Park for a daytime class during the week).

Responsible Leadership Through Choice Architecture

New to this academic year is the Responsible Leadership through Choice Architecture lab course. Co-taught by Professor Heather Caruso and behavioral economics thought leader Professor Richard Thaler, RLCA provides students with the opportunity to engage in a yearlong consulting-based learning experience with real clients.

I had a chance correspond with Professor Caruso earlier in the quarter to check in with her and get her thoughts on the course.

Q&A with Professor Caruso

KA: How did the course come together and why the lab format?

HC: Trying to keep our own teachings in mind, Richard and I realized that leaders won’t automatically become effective and responsible choice architects just because we give them Nudge, Misbehaving, and other information about the usefulness of behavioral science. It is critical to also create an environment that helps our present and future leaders actually start using choice architecture as a tool, and by bringing students and real organization leaders together in a hands-on laboratory course, we aim to do just that.

KA: How has the student reception of the class been so far?

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

HC: We’ve been delighted to see the enthusiasm of so many students—both at Booth and across the university—for our new course. Although it was hard to have to turn many of these students away in order to keep class size appropriate to the complexity and intensity of the workload, we have been glad to see that our enrolled students are deeply and earnestly engaged, benefiting not only from the greater attention we are able to provide as a teaching team, but also from the balanced scope and scale of partner organization projects, and the intimacy and camaraderie of the small class size.

Klariza Alvaran works at Curiosity.com and does freelance marketing. She enjoys writing sci-fi, crocheting hats, and making music.

 

Taking a Measured Risk: IRL with Pam Roxas

Pam Roxas ('17) took a risk that paid off. 

Pam Roxas ('17) took a risk that paid off. 

When Pam Roxas first started at Booth, she wanted to work the management track in her engineering field. Her initial course work helped her secure a promotion at work. However, after settling into the new role, she realized that she was not fully satisfied with the track that she was on. Booth’s coursework and community helped Pam facilitate a change and encourage her to take a risk.

“The spark for me was M&A Strategy with Professor Morrissette. I was so surprised to learn about the types of roles that impacted strategy at the firm wide level. Professor Morrissette does a great job of bringing in practitioners from corporate development, investment banking, private equity and entrepreneurship, who discuss how they apply the class concepts in their actual day to day work. It got me thinking - let’s explore the optionality out there.”

M&A Strategy also helped give Pam direction. “After doing a lot of due diligence, I realized investment banking was the intersection of many things I was looking for in terms of job content, learning opportunities, career progression and a culture of excellence. I don’t know if I would’ve found [this industry] on my own. I am thankful that Professor Morrissette carved out a portion of his class to ask the question: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’”

Booth’s strong women initiatives also made a big impact on Pam and really helped push her to take a risk. After last year’s Booth Women’s Connect conference, Pam chose to quit her job and wholly pursue the transition into investment banking.

“I was really inspired by several speakers who shared their perspective on how they took risk in their careers and how they managed the upside as well as road bumps along the way. It was cool, I had a surge of courage and I thought, ‘I can do this.’”

“The Women’s conference is such a good chance to recharge and focus on what your goals are. It’s easy to get caught up in the grind – I’ve got to do homework, eat dinner, etc., and the Women’s Conference provides a platform for women to evaluate: ‘Where do I want to improve, what do I want to accomplish in X number of years?’”

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

Ten months after the Women’s Connect Conference, Pam completed an internship in investment banking and accepted an offer to return full time after graduation. “The totality of Booth was critical for achieving my goal – the coursework, support from my professors, Career Services, the Banking Club, and my fellow peers all formed an important support system that helped me get [the internship] and the full time offer,” she says.

As she wraps up classes 19, 20 and 21, Pam reflects on her time at Booth. “When I started the program three years ago, I never would’ve guessed this is where I would end up.”

She advises, “My two cents for what it’s worth: Explore a lot, figure out what you like and don’t like so you can work towards creating the career and life you are excited to live, and don’t be afraid of taking risks. Booth is a unique time in your life, where you are afforded many options as well as the tools and support system to explore them and choose what is the best fit for you.”

Catherine Napier works at Northern Trust in wealth management, loves yoga, creating content on www.cfndaily.com, and the peanuts at the Midway.

 

The Power of Collar Stays

Denyse Skipper ('17) was able to land her dream job by preparing and following-up

Denyse Skipper ('17) was able to land her dream job by preparing and following-up

Here at Booth, we are often fortunate enough to have distinguished speakers from the field speak to the work they are doing. Usually, these presenters will give us great insights into the business application of our classroom material, however what we do with this valuable information and opportunity is up to each of us. Many of us will store away tidbits of knowledge in case it becomes relevant for our work down the line, or even jot a few notes for an upcoming assignment, but that wasn’t enough for Joseph Alexander and Denyse Skipper when they heard Ted Buell (‘07), Head of Insights and Analytics at Google, speak at separate events.

    “Understanding the interests and background of the speaker is very important in making sure to ask the right questions,” states Skipper (‘17) referring to a Marketing and Tech event  last winter where she asked Ted about a relevant industry topic: How to value websites that aren’t driving revenue. “I did my research beforehand on LinkedIn and saw that Ted actually worked with some of the partners of my old job, which made it easier to approach him afterwards.” By asking great questions and doing her research, Denyse was able to drive a meaningful conversation with the Google leader.

    Coincidentally, a few weeks prior, Joseph Alexander (‘17), had the opportunity to hear Buell speak during his Marketing Strategy course. While enjoying the talk, Joseph couldn’t help but notice that Ted’s shirt collar kept flipping over his sport coat. A relatively minor takeaway, but this proved to be quite the observation come the holidays.

    At the end of the quarter, Joseph and Denyse were chatting about Denyse’s “dream job” being apart of the Analytics team at Google and Joseph had a crafty solution to reconnect the two of them with their recent speaker. Remembering Ted’s collar issues, Joseph and Denyse looked up Ted’s contact information and mailed him a thoughtful holiday gift: Wurkin Stiffs. These powerful collar stays were just what Ted needed and helped drum up the conversations that led to Denyse finally landing her perfect job on Google’s Analytics team.

Ted Buell ('07), Head of Insights and Analytics at Google

Ted Buell ('07), Head of Insights and Analytics at Google

    “I’m very much into things that are practical and useful,” notes Buell. “Having been a student at Booth, I know that it is hard to stand out at events or in networking, but this left a lasting impression because it was authentic and genuine.”

    So whether you are looking to land a job, or help an alumni with their collar issues, make sure to remember the small things since they can go a long way.

Mike is an Evening MBA Student and Director of Talent at Telnyx. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.

 

IRL with Adam Meyer: Atlanta-Minneapolis-Chicago: A Classic Week for a Weekend Student

Adam Meyer, Class of 2018

Adam Meyer, Class of 2018

Before Weekend student Adam Meyer’s morning class, Adam has flown from home in Atlanta to his consulting project in Minneapolis and then to Chicago for school. He’s even made it to a 7:15am Orange Theory workout class.

Despite the busiest travel schedule of even most Weekend students, Adam continues to find ways that Booth lessons have been applied in real life. In Professor Yoad Shefi’s Competitive Strategy class, Adam learned to try to find ways that nobody will emulate what you or your business can do.

In consulting, we talk about how it’s about owning your brand or your career, and I try to be a resource that no one can emulate so that people want to work with me by offering what I would deem as my competitive, sustainable advantage,” Adam says.

Booth has also taught Adam how to frame questions and remove bias from projects.

He elaborates, “It’s helpful just to listen. [Framing questions] makes you see how people approach problems with different biases, and being able to see something and be objective is key. If you can do that in consulting, you’ll be successful because you need to see the problem the way it is, not the way people want it to be.”

Balancing all the travel has also taught Adam to truly maximize his day. “I commit to being wherever I am,” he says.

To Adam, travel time is definitely not dead time – it’s what we would call Adam is definitely alive time.

“Because I spend so much time on planes or in airports, I have to be really productive wherever I am. So, when I get in on the CTA in the blue line, it’s a 45-minute ride. I am not just going to do nothing. I will work for that 45 minutes.”

How does Adam maintain this motivation?

Having a goal to work toward certainly helps. I really want to get all of the skills and such that come with the business degree. I am just trying to learn as much as I can. Given that I have future pursuits of running a higher education institution, I know this degree will help me get there,” Adam shares

Besides school and applying Booth lessons, Adam appreciates what else is needed.

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

“It’s about time management. So, if I want to play golf, then in order to play golf, then I need to work an hour extra every day of the week and whatever else that means. I just accept there is a trade off for doing these things. But I don’t compromise my hours in the gym. Sleep is a given.”

So is Adam’s Saturday 7:15am workout before class.

“You have to take care of your body, because it’s brutal what I do to it. It’s really important to protect it,” he says.

When Adam has a break, he most enjoys getting to know the Booth community. To Adam, the people are the best part of Booth.

“It’s nice because everybody’s motivated. It takes a different kind of person to give up their Saturday. Everyone is giving up something that’s super precious, so you know everyone is serious about what they’re doing. I really do enjoy the Saturday lunch hour – whether it’s the clubs or meeting new people at lunch, it’s a nice time to be able to do that.”

Catherine Napier works at Northern Trust in wealth management, loves yoga, creating content on www.cfndaily.com, and the peanuts at the Midway.

 

Taking Advantage of Local Perks

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

We receive many big city perks living, working, and studying in Chicago. One of those is being surrounded by major entities across professional industries. What’s more is that this allows us to partake in an even wider breadth of opportunities that can further our professional development and exploration beyond what Booth offers.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, non-profit executive, or marketing manager, there’s something going on somewhere in Chicago that may be worth checking out.  Below are some sources you can scour for events.

1. 1871 & Matter event calendars

If you think the start-up or venture capital life is in your future, you should be keeping tabs on the event listings at two of the leading start-up incubators in the city: 1871 and Matter. Chances are you’ve heard of 1871, which is home to accelerators, workspaces, and training programs geared toward tech-focused start-ups. Meanwhile, Matter is its healthcare-focused neighbor on the twelfth floor of the Merchandise Mart. Both host numerous events throughout the week for talks, trainings, and networking, many of which are also open to the public.

Recommended event:

A Conversation with "Millennial Mentor" Gerard Adams

Monday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1871 (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th floor)

For more information, visit https://member.1871.com/event/2231

2. Professional organization websites

Chicago and its surrounding suburbs happen to be home to a number of professional organizations, ranging from the American Marketing Association to the Society of Actuaries to the International College of Surgeons. That, and the fact Chicago is the big city in the Midwest, makes it a prime location for these associations to host events. Make it a point to check out the event calendars of professional organizations that align with your interests to be sure you don’t miss out.

Recommended event:

Build an Employee-Driven Content Marketing Strategy

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Friday Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days at Summit Executive Center (205 North Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor)

For more information, visit https://www.ama.org/events-training/Training/Pages/The-Social-Employee---2016---Chicago,-IL.aspx

3. Searching Eventbrite

Everyone seems to be directing their RSVP’s to Eventbrite these days, which has turned the site into a comprehensive source of event listings for anything you may be into. It can also double as a catchall for many events you may have missed from the prior two suggestions. So when you’re not browsing Eventbrite to find free food tastings in the city, you can check for events and conferences that may give your career development a boost.

Recommended event:

Chi Hack Night

Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6-10 p.m. (held weekly on most Tuesday nights)

For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chi-hack-night-registration-20361723463

A friendly reminder

As MBA students with full-time jobs, we have to be mindful about how we allocate our time to avoid burnout. A good rule of thumb: if you feel like you should want to go an event, you probably shouldn’t because you had to go through the exercise of convincing yourself why you should want to go in the first place.

 

Klariza Alvaran works at Curiosity.com and does freelance marketing. She enjoys writing sci-fi, crocheting hats, and making music.

 

Making the Most of Micro

Courtnei Krider has always loved data.

Courtnei Krider, Class of 2019

Courtnei Krider, Class of 2019

Knowing that, she says Booth was always “in the back of her mind.” She knew Booth would teach her about data, but even two quarters in, Courtnei has already learned about creativity, challenging the status quo, and leadership.

While working in Accenture’s Energy/Resources practice as a Finance & Enterprise Performance Consultant, Courtnei has the opportunity to work on a lot of projects. One project in particular spoke to her and inspired her to apply what she has already learned at Booth.

“One of my consulting projects allowed me the opportunity to develop original thought capital to facilitate a finance workshop conversation. The client’s senior leadership team wanted to inspire their finance organization to consider ways to increase effectiveness (monetary) and optimize operations,” she says. “In seeing this, I was tasked with developing thought provoking conversation starters based on current processes.”

Courtnei thought back to her first quarter Microeconomics class with Dr. Ram Shivakumar, which gave her the inspiration to creatively solve her consulting project. “As I completed this task, I thought back to the Plutarch quote used by Dr. Shivakumar that read, ‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be lit.’”

“In class we were reminded that the mind should not be used to retain facts and execute, similarly to how employees should not be hired to merely complete tasks. The mind, in its essence is complex, and with a bit of inspiration, can be pushed to draw insight and create. When developing these questions, I served as the flame –unlocking the potential of this client’s employee base through prompted conversation.”

Courtnei agrees that Booth takes Plutarch’s advice. “Booth lights a fire in students due to the insistence of unconstrained thought during class discussions. Each professor encourages students to engage in dialogue of the same topic from multiple perspectives. At Booth, there is no right or wrong answer – each student is allowed to freely express their opinion and develop independent theory without constraints, given that the argument can be supported.”

Catherine Napier, Class of 2018

Catherine Napier, Class of 2018

Not only has she been lit with a Booth fire that she has already applied in her fast-paced job, Courtnei is already applying LEAD leadership lessons into her daily life. LEAD’s first impression feedback assignment offered her the unique opportunity to learn how people view her in a safe setting.

“The saying ‘first impressions are lasting’ is used often but rarely does one get the opportunity to learn exactly what your first impression is! The anonymous feedback from all ten members of my group was just about the same- to my classmates, I was seen as confident, friendly and talkative! Consulting is a career where you are working closely with a new client leadership team often. In seeing the feedback given from my classmates, I have actively chosen to listen to the client a bit more initially, rather than immediately speaking on my analysis,” she adds.

Already, Booth has become a family to Courtnei. “Chicago Booth has a family like culture. Despite diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, in the classroom, we are all one Booth.”

Catherine Napier works at Northern Trust in wealth management, loves yoga, creating content on www.cfndaily.com, and the peanuts at the Midway.

 

Exploring Non-Booth Electives

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

I couldn’t help making a hearty fist pump on my bus ride to work the morning of September 9. It’s not something I would normally do, especially by myself in a public place, but I had to celebrate being accepted into my dream class for the quarter: a special topics Creative Writing workshop on “Crossing Genre Boundaries” offered by the University.

The decision was strategic as well because the Creative Writing course will also act as one of my six electives outside of Booth that also count toward the requirements of my MBA degree.

The flexible curriculum at Booth is one of the hallmarks and key differentiators of its MBA program, and the allowance of six elective courses from outside of Booth allows MBA candidates to experience the breadth of academic opportunities beyond the business school. At the same time, students have the freedom to do so without having to pursue a dual degree program or other joint program offering at another school within the University.

This openness in registering for non-Booth electives also gives students a chance to craft an MBA experience that more closely aligns with their personal and professional goals. One example could be an an MBA student who wants to transition into a role within the public health space; that student may benefit from taking the Introduction to Global Health that has historically been offered over midday, twice a week during the winter quarter by the Department of Public Health Sciences.

But I know what some of you Evening/Weekend students are thinking: I have a full-time job, how could I possibly enroll in a class outside of Booth?

Fear not, because other departments and schools do offer coursework that can complement a full-time schedule, as long as you have a little bit of timing flexibility. In this quarter alone, the Harris School of Public Policy is offering a course on The Business of Nonprofits and the Evolving Social Sector on Mondays 4-7:30pm, and the Law School is offering a (waitlisted) 4-day seminar on Cross-Border Transactions: Securities, M&A, and Joint Ventures Oct. 10-13 from 6:10 to 8:15pm.

With all this in mind, you may want to consider taking a non-Booth elective as your plan your courses for the rest of your Booth journey to craft a more tailored MBA experience for yourself.

 

Ideas for Non-Booth Electives

Thinking about taking a non-Booth elective? The following suggestions may be worth exploring.

ENGL 33000 Academic and Professional Writing or “The Little Red Schoolhouse” – This highly regarded writing workshop takes an audience-centric approach on the craft of effective writing for school and work contexts alike.

LAWS 75006 Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets – If you’re interested in working in emerging markets, this may be just the class for you. This course focuses on law and policy that impact corporate activities.

PPHA 39330 Education Reform and Policy – Want to make an impact in the field of education? This course offered by the Harris School of Public Policy explores various issues that impact education.

CRWR 34102 Special Topics in Nonfiction: Knowledge Journalism – Jeff McMahon’s Knowledge Journalism allows students to hone their writing skills on specialized subject matter in a way that non-expert audiences can also appreciate.

Klariza Alvaran works at Curiosity.com and does freelance marketing. She enjoys writing sci-fi, crocheting hats, and making music.

Surviving Quarter One

Mike Sharifi, Class of 2018

Mike Sharifi, Class of 2018

Fall quarter as a returning Evening MBA student in an interesting time, to say the least. The warm weather is fading and the days are getting shorter. Work for most of us is picking up ferociously before the holiday standstill, and after more than a month off, we are reacclimating to the comforts that remind us why we choose Booth. From seeing last year’s MBA Cup trophy in the lobby to George’s smile at the Midway Club four floors above, there are many reminders that this place is home.   

There are familiar faces in the lobby of Gleacher as you walk around on your first day, but even more noticeable are the faces you don’t recognize. They are the newest members of this exclusive “fraternity”, and can very well be your next group partner. I look at these new faces and think about my first emotions when I was in there shoes last fall. Excitement, fear, uncertainty, anxiety, pride, panic. We all feel these emotions to varying degrees, and they are often hard to process. However, I hope this article provides the newest Evening and Weekend class with a few quick tips that helped me get beyond my emotions and create a plan for my first quarter.


Tip #1: Get Involved…but be Realistic

    We all know that there is much more to Business School than what we learn in the classroom. Getting involved with student groups is a key attribute to the Booth experience that you cannot replicate. Whether or not you were able to attend the SAC Activities Fair, it is important to check out all the groups Booth has to offer and contemplate join those that may pique your personal or professional passions.

    That said, be realistic about your workload in the classroom and the workplace. While we are eager to jump in and make the most of our Booth experience, I’ve come to learn that balance is what makes part-time work. Whatever your balance may be, make sure that you do not exceed the point where your marginal costs exceed your marginal benefits (thank you Booth for making me think in these terms).

Tip #2: Plan Ahead

    Mark everything on your calendar. Google Calendar, planner, or anything in between, make sure that you are keeping tabs on everything on your plate. The first few weeks of class may go by smoothly, but come midterm season, preparation is key. Work, school, family, travel, etc. will come at you quick, and long-term success is imperative on your ability to stay organized.

Tip #3: Remember Why You Chose to be Here

    This tip may seem a little redundant to some. You may be thinking: “Well, I’m here because it’s one of the best schools in the world”, but there are deeper motivations for each of us coming to Booth. Never lose sight of these, and while they may change as life changes, it’s always important to remember the reason we are here.

Mike is an Evening MBA Student and Director of Talent at Telnyx. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.

Second Quarter Signoff

The first of my three classes has concluded for the quarter.

Catherine Frances Napier, Class of 2018

Catherine Frances Napier, Class of 2018

It's very weird to walk away from another quarter end. You go to class each week struggling to do everything you want to do. You always feel behind. You didn't read the optional reading, and you skimmed the reading that wasn't required for the case write ups you work on.

Then, all of a sudden, class ends, and you realize all the amazing things you learned about companies - how people are the force to drive change, how managers matter, how timing does affect your success.

You also realize all the cool and fascinating people you met in class - the full time students who sound so sure of themselves (in an awesome way) and sip out of Bain water bottles, the part-time kids who work all day and then show up for class (and the girl who makes it to hot yoga after class), and even Amado who works as the Gleacher cashier who knows all the times you spend too much on a last minute water bottle or even that homemade Rice Krispie Treat. #woops

You hop in a cab home, not only because Uber wasn't surging but because you're drowning in so much other work that you haven't done yet (and you just want to sleep - because when was the last time you got 8 hours?).

Each week feels like a marathon. Each Thursday night, you feel like you survived another one. You somehow made it.

And then it all ends! The lessons in those class are learned, or as much as they can be when you're mingled in a bunch of other conflicting priorities - family, work, friends, school, board commitments, working out, dating, paying $95 so your apartment is cleaned for your weekend guest because it's Wednesday, you have class tonight and Thursday, and your friend is now coming Friday.

It's really a beautiful experience because you learn and you somehow SURVIVE. You realize how amazing the human spirit and human resilience are - not only with long days, but learning how companies struggle but thrive, how your friend in class just got pregnant (and how she and her husband are excited to start a family, even while she’s in school) and she still manages to rock every class discussion.

It's really hard to balance it all because you want to do everything so well, and with so many balls in the air, you're not going to do everything well. You learn B-school is called B-school for a reason (A’s are hard to get!).

But you learn as much as you can, you get a paycheck, you work hard, and you have fun!

Can't believe another quarter is coming to an end. I'll be saying the same thing in two years when it's all over.

Hope I remember how grateful I am to be there, to feel so appreciated, to learn, to grow, and to feel so connected to this amazing community.

Don’t Just Be a “Part-Time MBA”; Go All In

Vijay Rajan, Class of 2018

Vijay Rajan, Class of 2018

As an Evening MBA student, the title of this article may be deceiving. The intention behind this is to bring awareness to a topic that is dear to many “part-timers,” including myself. The sad reality is that the perception of part-time MBA students is that we are busy bodies that are too invested in our jobs to give up two years to go back to school again. Let me be the first to say this is largely false. The decision to go part-time, is typically a prudent one. Whether it’s because your employer is investing in your advancement, you are looking for a professional change but can’t afford to give up that paycheck, you are thirsty for more knowledge, or any combination of these and more, the choice to go part-time simply makes sense. I’m here to assert that the learning and experience beyond the classroom is profound and invaluable. During my nine months as an Evening student and student leader, I’ve met many engaging individuals, drastically enhanced my interpersonal skills, and developed new capabilities, all through resources and opportunities available outside of class. To the part-time students that are reading this and only attending classes, I implore you to get involved – you will regret not being a part of the Booth community. To those of you that are involved, I say take it to the next level. Here are a few reasons why it is paramount to your Booth experience:

 

More Than Just Networking

It’s been hammered into our heads that networking is vital to success both in and out of school. Involvement in activities outside of class is the easiest way to build your Booth network. More so than networking though, you will find yourself building lasting friendships with your fellow Boothies. I’m happy to say that some of my closest friends happen to be part-timers that I would not have met had I not made the decision get involved. Moreover, how many times have you heard your manager boast about a wildly successful friend from business school?

Real Professional Development

If you haven’t met with a career counselor, you are missing the secret sauce in getting that promotion, landing the job, or winning your negotiation. The career counselors cater to your professional aspirations, whatever they may be. The quality of my resume and ability to articulate my experiences has improved tenfold, and I credit Anita Brick and the Career Services team largely for that.

Elevate Your Perception

By not engaging in opportunities out of the classroom, you risk missing valuable events. If you are a career-switcher, that could be the invitation to the coveted invite-only recruiting dinner. As a social butterfly, you wouldn’t want to miss the summer boat cruise or winter formal. Being active in the Booth community not only enhances your student experience, but helps you develop a more favorable perception in your network.

With that, I hope you decide make the decision to get (or stay) involved. Push your chips in, and go all in.

 

The Story Behind Booth's Hottest Student Group

Erick Laseca, Class of 2017

Erick Laseca, Class of 2017

Whether you’ve heard of them or not, Booth’s Search Fund Club has grown explosively these past few weeks and has begun taking the quickly evolving industry by storm. According to Erick Laseca (’17), Founder and President, the Search Fund Club has gone from 0 to 150 in three weeks, with many of its new members coming from Booth’s Evening and Weekend community. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or interested in data-driven management, Booth’s fastest growing group should have something in store for you.

What is a Search Fund?

A Search Fund is an investment vehicle for young, aspiring entrepreneurs to search for, acquire, manage, and grow a company. The Search Fund model offers recent MBA grads from a handful of elite business schools the most direct route to running a company right out of business school,” states Laseca.

We all know how attractive it is to be an entrepreneur, but with only two percent of startups actually getting off the ground, the Search Fund model has proven to provide entrepreneurs with the tools to grow a business. In addition, given the nature of these businesses they are running, Search Fund companies have a 76 percent chance of launching a successful business.

The Search Fund model is an attractive entrepreneurial career path pursued by graduating students and young alumni, involving the acquisition and operation of a small to medium sized business. Interest in the model has grown significantly in recent years, with Search Fund formation accelerating at elite institutions, including Booth among the top three in the US,” according to Laseca.

Why Booth?

Despite Booth being a top three institution in its Search Fund programs, most of Booth’s entrepreneurial talent is more aware of the startup model through the rise in popularity of the Entrepreneurship concentration and activities like the New Venture Challenge. Few Evening and Weekend students are aware of the Search Fund model and Erick’s taken great pleasure teaching his peers.

“We attribute the rapid growth of the group to the growing popularity of the Search Fund model. MBA students typically have very traditional paths after graduating. You go into consulting, investment banking, private equity, corporate finance, corporate strategy or general management. There is nothing wrong with these, but MBA grads are looking for more exciting options while not exposing themselves to the huge risks of a startup,” states Laseca.

How to Get Involved

While a young group, there has been no shortage of events for the Search Fund Club. Having already hosted four, with the 3rd Annual Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Conference coming up in October. The event, which sold out last year, will bring out 350 attendees, including top investors, and is a great opportunity to learn more about the space.

Mike Sharifi, Class of 2018

Mike Sharifi, Class of 2018

“If you want to learn more about the Search Fund space, or attend one of our events, you can join by visiting the Booth Groups page and typing “Booth Search Fund Club” in the search field. Membership is free for now,” encourages Laseca.

Mike is an Evening MBA Student and Director of Talent at Telnyx. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.

 

Beyond Excel: Overcoming Your Fear of R

One huge benefit of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is that you can immediately apply the lessons you learn in class to your workplace or “in real life” (affectionately abbreviated as “IRL”). In this column, we will celebrate the lessons students learn in class and how they apply them IRL. Do you have a story that has inspired you? Feel free to write to me – your affectionate writer, known as CFN – at cnapier@chicagobooth.edu.

Catherine Frances Napier, Class of 2018

Catherine Frances Napier, Class of 2018

Statistics and modeling can seem intimidating, especially to those of us who aren’t naturally quantitative (these people exist at Booth, including your writer!). Fear certainly didn’t stop Cleo Miller from conquering stats and using it to benefit her work in real life.

Cleo Miller (‘17) enrolled in Professor Polson’s introductory statistics course without a strong background in statistics or R, the statistical platform the class requires students to learn. She admits, “I was kind of nervous about the class, [as the professor] forces you to use R and makes it possible for you to get your feet wet with it.”

After she got her feet wet with R through the class, Cleo fearlessly dove into the R deep-end in real life. At work, she needed to work on a large statistical analysis that needed to be easily digestible. Thanks to learning R in class, Cleo conquered this challenge.

Cleo Miller, Class of 2017

Cleo Miller, Class of 2017

“Because I was forced to be exposed to something I wasn’t comfortable with, [learning R] helped me grow in a way I never would have expected. It gave me a real problem solving tool that I wouldn’t have known about or have been comfortable using,” Cleo says.

Thanks to her time in the classroom, Cleo can use this platform to analyze anything to turn it into anything – including interactive maps, graphs, predictions, and more. She got exposure to a new idea that she may never have been able to find.

“I needed someone to push me in that direction to say that there are statistical tools out there. I can use Excel, but it never would have occurred to me to go outside of Excel. There’s so much out there, and Booth can really help push you in the right direction in ways that you can’t even predict.”

To Cleo, this example testifies to why she wanted to come to Booth. As a naturally qualitative person, Cleo bravely went to Booth to develop her quantitative skills. Clearly, she’s successfully doing just that.

“I want to learn how to use tools and think about ways to solve problems that I never otherwise would have been exposed to or known how to find,” she says. “It has broadened my horizons about what is out there in the world of stats and applied mathematics.”

When Cleo isn’t developing her quantitative skills, you can find her leading the Graduate Women in Business (GWB) group. She has learned many qualitative lessons about leadership as the group’s president. “The biggest lesson I’ve taken away is that it really is all about the team you’re working on and encouraging them to be their best,” Cleo says. “The lessons I’ve gotten from GWB are all about leadership through teamwork.”

Cleo’s story highlights that at Booth, students are challenged both qualitatively and quantitatively. Along that journey, students have amazing learning experiences. As Cleo says about her Booth experience to date: “So far, so great.”

Catherine Napier works at Northern Trust in wealth management, loves yoga, creating content on www.cfndaily.com, and the peanuts at the Midway.


 

IRL with Simon Holstein

One huge benefit of the part-time program is that you can immediately apply the lessons you learn in class to your workplace or “in real life” (affectionately abbreviated as “IRL”). In this column, we will celebrate the lessons students learn in class and how they apply them IRL. Do you have a story that has inspired you? Feel free to write to me – your affectionate writer, known as CFN – at cnapier@chicagobooth.edu.

Have you ever learned that it’s okay to be wrong? That to be right, you may be wrong first?

Catherine Frances Napier, '18

Catherine Frances Napier, '18

Upon Booth admission, Simon Holstein (‘18) had the confidence and the courage to try something new. He quit his job to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions (even finding an office at 1871), knowing he had the security of a Booth degree and the Booth community. Even though the idea didn’t take off, Simon learned it is okay to be “wrong”. What others may view as failure, Booth students see the right opportunity to learn.

Simon elaborates, “Before I even took a class, I had the confidence to take a risk. And then when I took that risk and I was wrong, I was already in an environment where if I told [Booth friends] about the start-up, they weren’t judgmental or in any way negative. The questions I got from my peers weren’t focused on my failures, they were focused on that experience and why I chose to do that, and why it didn’t work – from a perspective of being interested and not from a perspective of you failed.”

At Booth, students are encouraged to take what Simon calls “smart risks”, as this is the place to try something out of our comfort zone. If Booth students take a risk that doesn’t work out, Booth students humbly embrace a “wrong experience” and turn it into the right learning opportunity.  Perhaps, even more importantly, students like Simon learn to try again.

Simon Holstein, '18

Simon Holstein, '18

Even with a full-time job at Avant and school part-time, Simon is already back on the entrepreneurial scene, with two current entrepreneurial adventures. (Check out R-YA NUTS – where Simon is CFO—and watch him compete in the New Venture Challenge with the Freenters team).

To get involved with this year’s New Venture Challenge, Simon simply registered on the interested-student spreadsheet. “I had the confidence to put my name [there] because I knew that whoever was looking at it already started trusting that I was credible and legit. Being in environment like that unique to Booth. I don’t know other place in the world where you could pick a stranger’s name off the spreadsheet and want them to be a part of your startup or a part of your business.”

In this special community, Booth students like Simon fearlessly learn to try and to try again. Booth students learn to take risks “in real life” and enjoy the learning opportunity along the way.

As he says, “I have more confidence in taking risks. Being at Booth has put into perspective a lot of things, like how much I do know and how much I still have to learn – and being okay being in that position.”

Catherine Napier is a first-year MBA student in the Evening MBA Program at Chicago Booth

Effective Tips for Informal Networking

Mike Sharifi, '18

Mike Sharifi, '18

 However intimidating (or exciting) we find it, networking is a huge aspect of part-time business school programs. Getting to know our fellow classmates is a large reason we specifically chose to come to Booth, and while we all know the value of the Booth network, it’s tough to find a balanced way to informally connect with our peers.  Throughout the years, we’ve all been given hundreds of networking tips, but they are often better suited for corporate happy hours or recruitment fairs than the midway break in class. During our time at Gleacher, everyone wonders how we can best create professional bonds in very little time, but hopefully these tips help you better get to know “that person from Financial Accounting who always pops up in my LinkedIn feed who I think works for a VC, but I’m not really sure…”

 

Tip #1: Keep it Casual

    We’ve all been in that situation where we want to connect with a classmate who works somewhere that interests us, but how should we approach them about it? Should we be cool and calm or put on our best interview face? From experience, it’s best to be casual when approaching a peer for the first time. Our days at work and in the classroom are often rigid, so why make networking a chore as well? There’s no need to make a quick introduction any more complicated (or awkward) than it needs to be!

 

Tip #2: Be Direct

    Being casual is important, but also be mindful of the other person’s time, especially if it’s during break or after class. We all lead busy lives, and while we’re happy to help each other out, it doesn’t help to beat around the bush. In the first thirty seconds, you should: make an introduction if you haven’t spoken before, remind them what you do, and let them know why you’re interested in chatting. This will go a long way in ensuring that you make the most of the conversation rather than talking in circles.

 

Tip #3: End on an Action Item

    Whether your conversation lasts two minutes or two hours, make sure to keep it going after you part ways. Next steps could be as simple as checking out a website and catching up next week, or a larger step like updating and sending over your resume. Whatever it is, make sure you determine the best way to keep the conversation alive beyond that moment.

 

Don't be shy...go out and meet someone new today!

Don't be shy...go out and meet someone new today!

Tip #4: Offer to Return the Favor

    There are few feelings worse than being used, so if you choose to network with a classmate for a particular purpose, make sure that they know you’re also open to helping them out. Your classmate may never take you up on it, but it’s great for them to know that you’re a resource as well if they need it. No one knows where we’ll be one, ten, even twenty years down the line, but it’s important to build rapport and keep in touch with fellow Boothies that can help us, and that we can help in return.

Editor Mike Sharifi is an Evening MBA Student and Director of Business Development at Built in Los Angeles. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.

IRL with Jon Dana

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

Catherine Frances Napier (CFN), Class of 2018

One huge benefit of the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs is that you can immediately apply the lessons you learn in class to your workplace or “in real life” (affectionately abbreviated as “IRL”). In this column, we will celebrate the lessons students learn in class and how they apply them IRL. Do you have an a story that has inspired you? Feel free to write to me – your affectionate writer, known as CFN – at cnapier@chicagobooth.edu.

In our inaugural feature, a new student took lessons from LAUNCH - the official “first day” for students in the  Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs - and immediately applied them to his workplace. Jon Dana (‘18) felt so inspired by the lessons learned at LAUNCH, that he actually used the lessons to inspire change in his workplace.

During the Case Challenge presentation, Jon worked on the assignment that dealt with a startup trying to preserve its culture. It turns out, Jon is in the exact situation “IRL”. Using the lessons from LAUNCH’s public speaking session and inspired by his Case Challenge work (including discussing the situation with a judge who works in guiding companies through this transition), Jon bravely addressed the culture preservation issue with his top management.

Similar to the Case Challenge experience, the “real life” situation didn’t go as planned (the Case’s mock judges interrupted us to talk about tickets, and Jon’s CFO was late to the meeting). Nonetheless, Jon didn’t miss a beat.

Using LAUNCH’s public speaking guidance on listing a Point of View, Action, and Benefits, Jon compiled a presentation that was concise and clear. “If I hadn’t been planning to use this format, the whole conversation would have been jumbled and confusing - maybe even a little offensive to the owners. We had some great ideas, but we needed to get them across concisely in less than 30 minutes.”

Jon Dana ('18) was able to take his LAUNCH lessons straight to the office

Jon Dana ('18) was able to take his LAUNCH lessons straight to the office

Jon elaborates, “We learned at LAUNCH that we needed to be flexible and go with the flow. That's why I was adamant about having a very simple opening statement and very simple objectives - that let us go with the flow and have discussions while also getting our point across. We found that having all of the details in our 'back pocket' was critical.  We had to be prepared, but we needed to only bring up the high level points.”

The company was so impressed with the conversation that management committed to Jon’s request for action items. ”The view was that we were well thought out and we were taking charge of something that we are passionate about,” Jon says. “Our CFO came back to the office later in the day and thanked us for the conversation.”

The lessons Jon learned before Booth even started have already positively impacted his career. “I can honestly say that the conversation would not have been as effective and may have even been detrimental if it wasn't for the case study we did during LAUNCH,” Jon affirms.

As his CFO did, we’d like to thank Jon for this conversation. Before Booth Day 1, he has already inspired positive change.

How to Switch Careers at Booth

Mike Sharifi '18

Mike Sharifi '18

Evening and Weekend Students are here at Booth for a variety of reasons. Some of us are striving for that next promotion and some of us are seeking personal growth or validation. Some of us are looking to start our own companies or just looking to impress the in-laws. However, a large portion of us are here to make a career or industry change before our time at Gleacher is up.

    As someone who has helped hundreds through career changes, I’ve offered up various pieces of advice to a few of my peers these past two quarters. I wanted to use this article as an opportunity to share a few of these tips with those of you contemplating a switch.

Tip #1: Use the Booth curriculum to discover new passions

    Many of us know that we want to make a professional change, but are unsure what that change might be. It’s difficult enough to decide what we want to wear to the office tomorrow, let alone what we want to be doing for the rest of our working lives. However, a great place to start is by discovering passions we might not know we had by taking classes outside of our areas of expertise. Unless you’re trying to graduate with five different concentrations or take every Analytic Finance class Booth offers, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try something new.

Tip #2: Make the most of Career Services

    Contrary to popular belief, the Career Services team isn’t just here to send weekly emails and nitpick resumes. Through the Booth Intranet, you can discover the wealth of knowledge that Career Services has provided to answer a majority of the questions you may have on changing careers. From advice on “Telling Your Story” on LinkedIn to tips for sourcing opportunities, any jobseeker can take away something from this section. In addition, Career Services has an extremely well-connected Employer Relations team that can give us the inside track with companies. I’ve heard several stories of students visiting Career Services with only a general idea and leaving with introductions to their “dream jobs”.

You can never understate the importance of networking

You can never understate the importance of networking

Tip #3: Connect with Booth Alumni

    It is  difficult for some of us to muster the courage to send an email to someone we don’t know asking them to make time to chat, but increasingly, I have come to realize that Booth alumni are open to helping current students when they can. Maybe Tom Ricketts won’t get back to your inquiry about a front office position with the Cubs right away, but the Chicago Booth connection is a bond that resonates strongly with most alumni. Use our alums as a resource to learn more about their company, their industry, or to just get their advice.

Tip #4: Utilize your Classmates

    We often fail to realize that our best asset in our job search may very well be the person next to us in the classroom. Given the diversity of work and industry experience in the Evening and Weekend population, don’t be shy to ask your classmates about their jobs and the companies they work for. Often, they are the potential resource that may give you the most balanced perspective, and one that may personally vouch for you to his or her company.

If you’re set on changing careers, or just reevaluating your options, it is important that you make the most of the unique tools at your disposal to get the upper hand in a highly competitive environment.


Editor Mike Sharifi is an Evening MBA Student and Director of Business Development at Built in Los Angeles. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.

Managing Your Time at Booth

Mike Sharifi '18

Mike Sharifi '18

Many Evening and Weekend MBA students understand very well that being a member of the Booth community comes with sacrifice. Whether it means spending less time at the gym or less time with family, we are all giving up something important to attend class. To contrast with our friends in the Full-Time program, we have at least fourteen hours of class work each week, in addition to full-time jobs and Booth extracurricular activities we engage in. With all of this on our shoulders, excellent time management is necessary to both keep us organized and sane. We each have different techniques for balancing our schedule. However you do it, this article should help you with some useful pointers from your peers.

Tip #1: Prioritize Tasks Every Day

Planning ahead is necessary for avoiding the feeling of helplessness

Planning ahead is necessary for avoiding the feeling of helplessness

    It may not be the most natural or exciting task to do, but it is especially important to plan out our days and prioritize what needs to get done. “If I start to think about what I need to do by the end of the week, I usually freak myself out. When things pile up, it helps to just focus on the next 24 hours,” notes Karen Sanchez (’18). Whether by creating to-do lists or setting notifications on our Google Calendars, we all can benefit from optimizing our days to make sure we don’t fall behind in the classroom and the office.

Tip #2: Review the Syllabus Ahead of Time

    Back in undergrad, many of us - myself included - would forget about midterms until the week of and neglect to study until the night before. While we could manage that lifestyle because the opportunity cost to pulling an all-nighter studying was often a frat party or Netflix binge, we have more pressing priorities in our lives today. Knowing this, Vijay Rajan (’18) makes sure to map out key assignment and exam days as soon as he has access to the syllabus. With busy days in the office and constant travel for work, noting big school events months in advance helps him to best arrange his work schedule accordingly.

Tip #3: Keep Your Friends, Family, and Co-workers in the Loop

    Starting up at Booth isn’t only a change of pace for each of us, it also affects those around us. During the quarter, we might not be able to attend every company Happy Hour or catch mom up on every little detail about our lives, but it’s important that we give those in our lives realistic expectations. Antonia Lee (‘18) makes sure to give her friends and family plenty of notice on the days/weeks that she might be off the grid. Everyone that we’re close to understands that we’re “busy”, but unless they’ve known others doing Booth part-time, it will be hard for them to completely relate unless we provide insight.

Tip #4: Do Something for Yourself Each Week

    If my life was a revolving door that only involved school and work, I’d be absolutely miserable. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I love Booth, but each of us needs something to take our mind off both, especially when they get stressful. Whether it’s making time each day to read Game of Thrones or playing pickup basketball on Tuesday nights, it’s important to do things for you. Life is much more than just work and school…don’t forget that!

Editor Mike Sharifi is an Evening MBA Student and Director of Business Development at Built in Los Angeles. His hobbies include running, volleyball, and exploring local restaurants.