The value of our Booth education is the greatest when we take advantage of the opportunities to learn from each other. Open up your ears to pearls of wisdom that escape the mouths of your hyper-talented classmates. Do not limit yourself to classroom discussions and group projects. Instead, make an effort to eavesdrop on your Booth classmates in every corner of public space. The sheer intelligence you will absorb is sure to enrich your Booth experience. On just one day’s walk to class, what I learned from creeping on other students was worth more than the price of admission.
This morning on the Metra, I sat on the upper deck so that I could peer down and listen to a magical exchange between two MPPers. They looked disheveled and their hair was messy. I assume this was because they were up all night tackling the world’s biggest business problems. At one point I heard one of the students exclaim that she “literally just died from TMI!” Astounding. This ray of brilliance went over my head. Literally.
When walking down 59th Street, I made sure to closely follow a group of promising entrepreneurs to hear what wonderful innovations they were set to unleash upon the world. I overheard some completely new and original ideas. Something about an app, something else about crowdsourcing, and something else about viruses. It’s all Greek to me!
Things really got interesting when I walked into the locker room. I learned from some guy in a suit that “it’s ridiculous that they make us wear suits to freaking coffee chats” and that he’s “so sick of this already, but it’s almost over. It’s almost over.” The Booth locker room is unique in that it’s the only place in the world where you can find someone in a suit acting like a petulant baby.
Before heading to my classroom, I felt the need to pop in on a study room session in action to extract some final pieces of wisdom from my classmates. Opening the door to a five person Operations study group taught me that it’s “stupid that they make us do readings in the first place, nobody ever does the readings, and we shouldn’t have to read anything to get the homework done.” The Booth study rooms are great places to learn about the flawless, reading-free pedagogical models pioneered by Booth’s finest minds. Maybe our professors should start spying on Booth study groups. Then maybe they’d learn how to properly run their classrooms.
As you walk through the hallways, give eavesdropping a chance. Walk closely behind your classmates and linger in the restrooms. There’s no doubt that you’ll be blown away by the scintillating observations and the sharp profundity of the world’s greatest students. Number Three for life!