CHICAGO – As the January and February recruiting whirlwind comes to an end, Boothies are finding remarkably little to talk about. This is a clear risk, as Boothies struggle to make small talk when bumping into fellow classmates in the Winter Garden.
Johnathan Merrick, who recently secured an internship at Deloitte, expressed that he finds daily small-talk increasingly difficult: “I ran into a fellow MCG member, Debbie, on the Metra and realized I had no idea what to talk to her about. All I know is that she struggled with ‘fit questions’ and preferred cases that examine entering a new market.”
Even though it was Monday morning, he proceeded to ask Debbie if she was going to be at TNDC on Thursday, before finding his own seat three rows behind her.
“I find that most of my conversations center on how ‘drunk’ I’m going to get, now that recruiting is over,” Johnathan added. “Leave this off the record, but I actually don’t drink.”
Students who are recruiting later in the season are becoming increasingly annoyed.
“I thought the consultants and bankers would start acting like normal fucking people by now, yet they only talk about how proud they are of each other and how drunk they got last Tuesday,” commented one anonymous student. He later exclaimed, “I’m just so tired of being asked if I’m done with recruiting.”
Shallow questions typically have been preferred in first-year life. Everyone remembers the September hits: “Where are you from?” and “What did you do before Booth?” However, those classics were quickly eclipsed by memorable December small-talk favorites such as “Freezing my balls off” and “Can’t wait for ski trip.”
Despite the current drought of strong small talk topics, there is hope: first-years are starting to find other questions to ask each other. “What are you doing for Spring Break?” currently holds the top spot and has quickly become a new a favorite way to avoid getting to know brilliant, accomplished, and ambitious classmates on a deeper level.