Gender in the Workplace Panel Aims to Spark Discussion, Reflection for the Booth Community

By Andrea Mazzocco, Class of 2019

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A coalition of student groups - Graduate Business Council (GBC) Diversity Committee, Chicago Women in Business (CWiB), Common Chromosome, and OUTreach – are co-sponsoring a Gender in the Workplace panel event on Thursday, April 5th at 11:45am in Harper Center 104. The panel event is meant to start a school-wide conversation around gender equality, a topic that is highly relevant to all Booth students as they learn to navigate the workplace as future business leaders. The event will be followed by additional small group events facilitated by CWiB and Common Chromosome in order to continue the conversation.

The panel will be moderated by Booth’s Dean, Madhav Rajan, and will feature three panelists: Bryony Winn, Jaclyn Wong, and Jane Risen.

Bryony Winn is a partner at McKinsey & Company and is a leader in both their Healthcare Systems and Public Sector practices. She has supported several gender equality initiatives, including the company’s participation in LeanIn.org’s annual Women in the Workplace study. Bryony has also supported the launch of 'All In', a 'HeForShe' approach to gender equality that will engage male and female colleagues to address the implicit biases, policies, and processes that hold females back in the workplace.

Jaclyn Wong is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research examines the intersection of gender, work, and family. She is currently studying how dual-career couples make career and relocation decisions. She has also researched how one’s attractiveness affects their earnings in the workplace and has studied the experiences of Chicago-based female lawyers in a male-dominated profession.  

Jane L. Risen is a Professor of Behavioral Science and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She conducts research in the areas of judgment and decision making, intuitive belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion. She is currently in the process of creating gender equality-related curriculum for Booth students.   

Vamos Colombia!

By Andreina Chacin, Class of 2019

Our commitment to making Colombia #thetrek at Booth began with each of us making our ACT speech about why everyone should visit our country for Spring Break. We can confidently say – it worked! Over 350 of us traveled together to Colombia for one week of culture, parties, sun and sand. Though some dubbed it ‘a massive TNDC’, we tried our best to ensure there was something in it for everybody. We started off in Bogota with its rich colonial architecture that stems from the Spanish colonization of the Americas. We visited Botero’s (the pinnacle of Colombian Artists) museum, soaked in Bogota’s social commentary expressed through graffiti and danced the night away at the capital city’s most famous restaurant and club – Andres Carne de Res. It’s a well-known fact that everyone from the President of Colombia to Shakira have dined there and of course, 350 Boothies! Bogota introduced us to its traditional food, Ajiaco (chicken soup), and quickly reminded everyone that there was more to latin music than Despacito.

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Medellin gave the Narcos (Netflix)-obsessed a chance to walk through Pablo Escobar’s life – visiting his prison, grave and cartel neighborhood. Tours of the graffiti in Comuna 13 and the historic cable car rides complemented Medellin’s vibrant nightlife. ‘Aguardiente’ was on everyone’s mind. In Medellin, we were introduced to the traditional Paisa cuisine comprised of beans, rice, plantains and meat. Boothies braved the steep climb up El Penon de Guatape (the rock) to take in the breathtaking views of Guatape. We then cooled off with the first of many boat parties.

The last leg of the trek was in Cartagena, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and home to the happiest people on earth. We explored brilliant Caribbean beaches and islands (with many more boat parties!), its vibrant cultural scene with music and dance and effortless indulgence. Seafood lovers were spoilt for choice and music lovers added Reggaeton to their list of favorite genres. What we realized at the end was that the best part of the trek was the relationships we formed with each other. Though we were a big group (the biggest spring break trek to date - including for the travel agency), we formed deeper bonds with some of our classmates, and several new friendships: this was our goal and Colombia helped us achieve it!

 

Experiencing Morocco to the Fullest

  By Amrita Dixit, Class of 2019

By Amrita Dixit, Class of 2019

“Slices of Morocco make the Star Wars bar scene look bland,” says travel writer Rick Steves about the North African region. Our group of eighteen Chicago Booth students and partners got a taste of just that during the 2018 Morocco Spring Break Trek coordinated by Experience Morocco. Whether winding through narrow, smoky alleyways or off-roading into the desert dunes, we were constantly introduced to novelties – slurping snail soup sold by street vendors, watching goats climbing high into argan tree branches, or engaging in Arabic-French-English shouting matches to bargain down taxi fares, to name a few. 

Our trip itinerary was jampacked. We began in Marrakech with a hike into the High Atlas mountain range, followed by a cooking class of chicken tagine (slow-cooked savory stew). After a hot air balloon ride for an aerial view of the city and surrounding farmland, we traveled to the seaside town of Essaouira and rode ATVs across the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We enjoyed the hotel poolside and Turkish bath-style spa treatment, and then traveled to the city of Ouarzazate. There, we took a tour of the earthen dwellings at UNESCO World Heritage site Ait-Ben-Haddaou and saw the film location of movies and shows such as The Gladiator, Game of Thrones, and Lawrence of Arabia. We then made our way to the Sahara, where a caravan of dromedaries transported us to a campsite surrounded by sand dunes. We concluded our time in Morocco with one last visit to Marrakech, where we tried our hand at bargaining for rugs, leather sandals, and paintings in the ruthless bazaar. 

However, behind the scenes of this speedy schedule, the eighteen of us had many opportunities to gradually get to know one another better. Long rooftop dinners were the perfect setting to learn about each other’s backgrounds, from second-year student J.P. Mills’ devotion to all things heavy metal, to first-year student Teresa Wang’s time in Uganda with the Peace Corps, to Booth partner Michelle Wang’s residency match into dermatology. Of course, gathering over glasses of wine also resulted in hilariously absurd debates about credit card rewards and digital data privacy. The trek began, for many of us, as an opportunity to explore a new country with the guidance of our trip leaders, first year student Herbert Zea and second year student Emma Sotomayor, along with our assigned local guide Jaffar. However, we realized that traveling among our classmates actually added another element of discovery and enjoyment to the trek. Herbert Zea commented that, “the trek was a great opportunity to meet people and make new friends,” and that “getting to know my peers at a more intimate level,” was his favorite part of leading the trip.

Although many of us were excited to fly back to Chicago to dump the grains of sand out our suitcases and return to stable WiFi, we’ll always retain the grains of amazing memories we formed as a group touring the beautifully unique country of Morocco together.
 

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Spring Break Patagonia: LoTR Edition

  By David Vaimberg, Class of 2019

By David Vaimberg, Class of 2019

Boothies are constantly hard at work, whether it’s in the classroom, the office, or the Social 25 dance floor at last call. So for most, spring break is a great opportunity to kick back and relax, on a beach, a ski slope, an exotic foreign city, or with family.

For a group of roughly 25 Boothies, however, spring “break” brought with it harsh physical labor, in the form of lugging >50-lb backpacks across nearly 40 km of Patagonian wilderness, with almost 1,000 m of elevation change along the way (Ed. note: units of measurement will vary by metric so as to make the actual numbers as big as possible). All the while, we learned how to cook pizza on a Bunsen burner-like stove, built expertise in setting up a tent with frozen fingers (pro-tip: keep your knots knotted!), and developed a deep understanding of the finer points of literally all the known forms of precipitation.

Our modern-day Fellowship of the Flamingo, comprised of Aragorns (North-South Group) and Frodos (South-North Group), trekked through dense vegetation, up (and down, shudder) steep mountain passes, through fast-flowing rivers, and even deep into the mines of Moria. Each day of the trip brought with it new outdoors skills, as well as a gradual reversion to our prehistoric selves in terms of hygiene practices. Thankfully, most are back to normal, though I have seen one particular member of the trip gazing longingly at the ground around the tree in Summer Garden…

  Booth North-South group at the conclusion of the trip

Booth North-South group at the conclusion of the trip

Some highlights from the trip:

Day 1 (think “Concerning Hobbits”): Spirits were high as we set out for what promised to be a short initial hike on a cold but clear day, only for us to experience all 4 seasons in the span of 45 minutes. Welcome to Patagonia.

Day 2 (think “The Bridge of Khazad Dum”): Tackling a steep incline where the dirt and loose rock shifted under our feet with the slightest misstep, followed by an incredible sense of accomplishment upon being rewarded with spectacular mountain views from the top. Then realizing we still had to find our way back down the other side of the pass… (honorable mention: the most stars we’ve ever seen in our lives)

Day 3 (think “The Ring Goes South”): Post first river crossing, initial moroseness at the knowledge that our feet wouldn’t be dry for the remainder of the trip, followed by gradual acceptance and resolve 50 crossings later. Personal growth day (and backcountry pizza and calafate pie day!).

Day 4 (think “Many Meetings”): After days of seeing no one but the same exhausted, dirty, soaking wet people, spotting a friendly face fighting through some shrubs at the bottom of a marsh just ahead. Two groups of the socially functional nerds that are Boothies, meeting up in the middle of nowhere in the southern hemisphere, was a beautiful thing.

Day 5 (think “The Breaking of the Fellowship”): Due to an unruly herd of cows slowing the early hiking pods and allowing the laggards to catch up, the entire group walking, as one, down the home stretch to camp, followed by the quickest tent set-up ever done and, for the first time, a wonderful campfire to sit around and tell stories.

All in all, it was an amazing experience that I don’t think any of us will ever forget. I’m pleased to say that many of us enjoyed an extra couple days of true “break” in Chile, whether at Santiago wineries or at an “island party” of our own (Chiloe!). But the highlight remains those crazy 5 days and 6 nights in the backcountry.

David considers himself an experienced hiker and a proponent of minimalism in the outdoors. Even if it means arriving in hiking boots that cracked wide open day 1 and sans feet-protecting gaiters. He also likes writing articles with unnecessary themes, and long walks on the beach river.

Spring Break Israel: BoothRight of Passage

 By Fred Akansu, Class of 2018

By Fred Akansu, Class of 2018

Disclaimer: This is a retelling of my week in Israel and does not address or reflect any opinions on the sensitive political situation in the region.

Booth’s student-led trek to Israel, cleverly nicknamed BoothRight after the Jewish youth heritage trip, sent approximately 150 second-year students to the Middle East on our own rite of passage. Despite having been to the region before, I was blown away by the rich and unique culture Israel has to offer.

Our first stop was Jerusalem, the hotly-disputed holy city for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It was surreal exploring the Old City and seeing the Temple Mount and Western Wall, important sites for Muslims and Jews, respectively, all within one vantage point. And just steps away, we toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

We spent one night in a Bedouin tent and, soon enough, belly dancers emerged to entertain us, randomly selecting unlucky participants to flaunt their dance moves. After some nargile, or hookah, we woke to see the sunrise from Masada, an ancient fortress. At the Dead Sea, we sloppily covered ourselves in mud and took copious photos. Despite having heard how easy it is to float, I was still shocked to find myself rolling backwards and forwards as I floated on my back. In the north, we ATVed, took in the views from Mount Bental, and toured a kibbutz, an agricultural commune of sorts. Israel has a surprisingly vast topography for a country the size of New Jersey!

  Boothies in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

Boothies in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

During the nights, we enjoyed some fine dining. In the later hours, Boothies cut loose at bars, lounges, pool parties, campfires, and nightclubs, all over shots of arak. And in the mornings, we rejuvenated over bountiful breakfasts. In jest, one tour guide kept describing us Boothies as “doing the unholiest of things, in the holiest of lands.” Similarly, student Liam Kennedy often commented, “this is sordid.”

All things were not unholy, though. En route to Nazareth, we stopped at Caparneum, home to ancient synagogue ruins and the supposed home of Saint Peter. In Nazareth, we visited the Basilica of the Annunciation, where it is said that the angel Gabriel spoke to Virgin Mary. In the West, we read so much about the region, often from the context of politics, so it was interesting to hear different opinions throughout the trip. On the political and historical fronts, we visited an Israeli Airbase, and also heard from the Mayor of Tel Aviv and a journalist panel. Personally, most impactful was the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where we also had the opportunity to listen to an emotional narration from a Holocaust survivor.

We wrapped the trip up in Tel Aviv, where we explored Old Jaffa, the flea market, and, of course, more of the nightlife. And on Saturday, the sabbath, we had our own day of rest at the beach worthy of a true Spring Break.

A special shout-out to our awesome trip organizers. The transition to chilly Chicago has been difficult, and very lacking in hummus.

Fred once had a hot sauce collection of over 30 bottles.

Spring Break Japan: The Organized Chaos

 By Akhila Nandgopal, Class of 2019

By Akhila Nandgopal, Class of 2019

Mid-march, 74 Boothies flew for over 12 hours (some for 16) to attend the Trek of a lifetime in Japan.

Starting out in Osaka, we began this bucket list of a trip with a visit to Himeji Castle, a 400-year-old architectural marvel that has survived World War II bombings and many an earthquake. We then proceeded to a traditional Onsen (Japanese Hot Spring). There, only the smallest of towels were given to us, ensuring we all got to know each other much better than expected! Of course, no traditional Japanese experience is complete without Karaoke - we ended the night with 60 people in a room, singing their hearts out. What a start to the trip!

This start was followed by the rare opportunity to watch a Sumo tournament, something that takes place only three times a year, with a small group of Boothies really getting into the sport by running their own brackets with limited knowledge of the rules. Almost in direct contrast to this traditional sport, the very next day we had the privilege to watch Geishas perform the most graceful dances for us. In an attempt to share some of the Geishas’ grace, we were all given the chance to dress up in Kimonos and visit a beautiful Shinto shrine in Kyoto.

  The Japan Trek visits the Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto

The Japan Trek visits the Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto

History being particularly important to Japan’s place in the world, a large number of us chose to do the optional tour to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. Hiroshima has been rebuilt into a large cosmopolitan city while retaining many reminders of its tragic past, not just to remember those that it lost but also to remind people of why it happened. It has taken a pledge to enable nuclear disarmament in any way it can. Miyajima, meanwhile, is a tiny island off the coast of Hiroshima that was not hit by the disaster and stands preserved. With a Shinto Shrine that stands in the sea, Miyajima is a stunning example of the union of nature and architecture. Through the rain and cold on that day, we all found warmth in the many cafes on the tiny streets of Miyajima.

Finally, after days steeped in traditional Japanese culture, we proceeded to Tokyo on the high-speed rail. Wanting nothing to be missed, we made our way to all the famous parts of the city. Whether bar hopping at Golden Gai or gorging on sweets in Harajuku, we ran into Boothies all over the place!

However, from leading us to the clubs and guiding us to the best ramen spots to capturing the chaos of feeding deer in shrines, the heroes of the trip were the six trek leaders. They kept us in check, stayed out until all hours of the night and always woke up with a smile on their faces! Some of them did not even have the chance to meet with their families while in Japan, all to ensure we had a great time.

The Japan Trek 2018 team stayed together until the end and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being together! While we now all know what good Sushi is, we plan to enjoy it only with each other so no one else can fault us for complaining!

Akhila is a Ramen expert and Karaoke extraordinaire.

Spring Break Special: Off the Beaten Trek

Thailand

 By Eli Feret, Class of 2018

By Eli Feret, Class of 2018

Boothie spring breaks range from solo backpacking trips to isolated lands, to invading Columbia with 350 of your closest friends. For me, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. So off I went to explore Thailand with my girlfriend Lisa, 11 of my favorite second-year Boothies, and two other Booth partners (who at this point are just part of the family).

  Best way to prepare for a long day of island hopping? A healthy breakfast of course!

Best way to prepare for a long day of island hopping? A healthy breakfast of course!

From the Bangkok nightlife, to the jungles of Surat Thani, to the island adventures of Koh Samui, I found that this sized group perfectly maximized the fun of traveling with your friends (not to mention quantity discounts) while at the same time respecting the independence of each traveler. Want to combine forces with another Booth group for a big boat cruise and snorkeling trip? Great! Want to chill at the house and get a Thai massage? That’s cool too!

One thing I learned from this trip? If you’re traveling with people you love, it doesn’t really matter what you’re doing. A game of cards by the pool or attempts to stump each other with riddles on a jungle hike can be just as much fun as any club or adventure sport!

South Korea

 By Gustavo Centeno, Class of 2018

By Gustavo Centeno, Class of 2018

We gathered at 5am and the anticipation was palpable. Our tight-knit group geared up for yet another adventure and a small trip afforded the opportunity to have a personalized and memorable trek where close friends etch lasting memories.

  The group wearing Hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

The group wearing Hanbok at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

South Korea is an ideal destination to find a balance between culture, history, nightlife, and culinary experiences, while meeting amazingly warm, welcoming people. We ate sashimi so fresh, the grouper was still moving when served. We hiked in Jeju Island and did karaoke until the wee hours of the night in Hongdae. We were blown away by the legendary blowfish soup in Busan and stood in North Korea… even if just for a few moments. Though North and South Korea seem like adversaries locked in conflict from this side of the world, I came home with a much deeper understanding of Korea’s story – one of a family divided, with people who care immensely about their shared ancestry, peace and forging ahead together.

New Zealand

 By Tracey Brown, Class of 2018

By Tracey Brown, Class of 2018

Having gone to Colombia for spring break last year, we were looking for a more intimate trip. New Zealand had been on all our bucket lists for years and had the added benefit of being one of the very few countries that no one in our group had been to before.

  The group at the top of Roys Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand

The group at the top of Roys Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand

It was an outdoorsy trip through and through – we stayed in camper vans and RVs instead of hotels and Airbnbs and spent our days hiking and kayaking. Every day was planned by a different person, which meant that a lot of the activities pushed us out of our comfort zones. Combined with extremely close quarters, this left us an even more cohesive group by the end of it!

Ecuador

 By Disha Malik, Class of 2018

By Disha Malik, Class of 2018

You take a bunch of well-traveled Boothies, a world map, and add a budget (you need constraints...) and that's how our destination of Ecuador came about. A week later, we returned with phones full of photos, having explored Quito, hiked the Quilotoa Loop and explored Banos.

  That moment you think you're going to die but then you realize you have Instagram followers who depend on you

That moment you think you're going to die but then you realize you have Instagram followers who depend on you

Ecuador was beautiful in so many ways but in a characteristic business school manner, I decided to reflect on the experience and figure out what made my last Spring Break truly special. And I realized that in some ways, my last Spring Break was a reflection of my business school experience. It allowed me to deepen relationships (I see you LEAD crew), build new ones (hello BOLD co-chairs!), push myself (hiking in the Andes), realize my limits (only did one day of the hike) and push beyond them (I thought I would die on the swing). Oh yeah, and of course, travelling to a new place for a new adventure. No business school experience is complete without it.

Eli is a second year who enjoys prolonging adolescence. Gus fell asleep at dinner, while walking and basically everywhere else in South Korea. Tracey is an expert at sneaking snacks into movie theatres and always happy to share her tricks. Disha is a second year getting super reflective on her business school experience during her last 10 weeks on campus. She’s happy to grab a coffee and get all nostalgic with other second years any time to discuss the good ‘ol days

Career Advisors Giving Career Advice: Backup your Backups

  By Sharanya Rajan, Class of 2018

By Sharanya Rajan, Class of 2018

“Have a Plan B” they said. “What is your backup?” others asked. You had answers to all of those, but at the back of your mind you thought “I don’t need a backup plan, I’m going to land my dream job”. The interview invites came in the dozens, and your conviction grew. It helped you trudge through the cold and snow to arrive at Harper at 7:30 am. Then, the call-backs began. Every time the phone rang, your heart beat faster, but after the first few NOs, it became routine – pick up the phone, sound cheery, ask for feedback and thank them for their time. With all your focus on your first choice, your backup plan had also fallen by the wayside. Despite how bleak things look however, all is not lost.

Although it’s easy to think that every person around you landed their first choice, rest assured that most 2Ys, had to make several pivots before they got their internship. You’re not alone! In fact, this is an opportunity to broaden your horizons. Perhaps that means moving away from campus recruiting, or looking at roles you hadn’t considered before. Regardless, when searching for that summer job, there are 2 key things to keep in mind:

1. There are multiple paths towards the same end-goal

2. A summer internship is simply a step towards that longer-term goal, and not a job for life

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In making this switch, it is important to have clarity around that end-goal. Are you interested in 2nd year campus recruiting? If so, use the feedback you received (yes… that is not merely a polite question) to identify areas of improvement, and find roles that will help you gain further experience. If not, then this is the perfect time to think about where you would like to be in the next 3 – 5 years and look for opportunities that will help you get there. The Booth alumni network is a great resource to help shape these longer-term decisions.

You might have planned endlessly for that dream internship. But, the best laid plans have a funny habit of not working out. It’s worth remembering the words of Clayton Christensen – there is a time to be deliberate, and a time to be open to the unexpected. Ultimately, you might love that summer internship you had originally never considered.

Sharanya Rajan is a Harry Potter nerd – she even waited for an owl from Hogwarts at age 11.

Booth Team Wins Second Place at UNC Invest for Impact Competition

  left to right:   Ashray Reddy, Christine Groesbeck, Luis Sanchez Navarro, Kelly de Klerk, and Charles Cole

left to right: Ashray Reddy, Christine Groesbeck, Luis Sanchez Navarro, Kelly de Klerk, and Charles Cole

A team of Booth students earned second place in the 11th annual Invest for Impact competition at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 24.

The Booth team was comprised of first-year students Kelly de Klerk, Charles Cole, and Luis Sanchez Navarro, second-year student Christine Groesbeck, and evening program student Ashray Reddy.  

“Speaking with one of the judges, we differentiated ourselves by having a detailed and coherent analysis of how the growth of the business would translate into a defined set of social impact metrics,” Charles Cole said. “I appreciated having the opportunity to engage with social entrepreneurs actively raising their next series of funding. It was great to push them on their assumptions and hear firsthand how they planned to overcome potential roadblocks and scale their business.”

UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School developed the national Invest 4 Impact competition to give students exposure to the field of impact investing.

Before advancing to the finals, the Booth team received guidance from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Booth’s destination for people committed to tackling social and environmental problems. Team members participated in a workshop with one of the center’s impact investors in residence, Brian Axelrad, ’09, chief investment officer of Beyond Capital Fund.

This year’s competition focused on assessing, financing, and measuring impact.

Teams of full-time graduate students from across the country assessed the business plans of three impact-focused entrepreneurs currently seeking funding to arrive at a single investment recommendation.  Teams conducted due diligence, explored potential investment mechanisms, and presented their final recommendation to a panel of judges.

Through the Looking Glass: Looking at my Admissions Application

  By Lisa Fan, Class of 2018

By Lisa Fan, Class of 2018

I recently had the opportunity to open up a very special time capsule—my admissions files to the University of Chicago. As a longtime UChicago student, you can imagine my excitement when I was finally able to see what the admissions offices thought of my applications, from my undergraduate College files to my Law School and Booth ones. Opening this trove of documents brought back so many memories and feelings of nostalgia. I reread my admissions essays—words I had written years ago—with fresh eyes and saw for the first time why this university took a chance on me and gave me this opportunity to pursue my education at one of the greatest institutions in the world.

If you ever wondered what the admissions office thought of your application to Booth, you might be surprised to learn that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (commonly known as FERPA) grants students the right to inspect and review their education records. These records include admissions records and even assessments made by the admissions office as long as they are retained with the applicant files. About a month after I submitted my FERPA request, I was contacted regarding instructions on how I could review my files. For my Booth files, I was able to view the following:

  • My entire interview report, including my interviewer’s evaluation and ratings (which means my interview reports for students I interviewed as an Admissions Fellow could be viewed by them if they matriculate to Booth!)

  • Comments by the admissions staff member who reviewed my application

  • Quantitative scores assigned to my application based on my test scores, recommendations, academic record, and other personal attributes

  • My entire application and transcript

  • Some additional evaluative fields (this could include any unique attributes that admissions noted about one’s application)

  This photo taken on my college graduation day at the University of Chicago predicted my future!

This photo taken on my college graduation day at the University of Chicago predicted my future!

At the end of my files, I saw a line that read “Recommendation: Admit.” Seeing this brought a quiet feeling of joy inside me because this one little word encapsulated the reason why I am here. To all my classmates at Booth, I like to conclude with something that my law school classmates heard on the day they arrived on campus: “The Dean of Admissions does not make mistakes.” And that is the same for Booth.

I encourage you to view your files to Booth if you are curious because you are at this incredible school for a reason. You can find the instructions below on how to submit a FERPA request.

Lisa Fan is a JD/MBA student at the University of Chicago and a proud triple Maroon.


To make a FERPA request, deliver a written letter (e-mail or verbal requests are not accepted) to the Office of Campus and Student Life located in Edward Levi Hall, Suite 203.  You can use the following language that was suggested by one of Stanford University’s student publications.

[Date]

Office of Campus and Student Life

Edward Levi Hall, Suite 203

5801 South Ellis Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60637

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232(g)), I am writing to request access to and a copy of all documents held by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Admissions Office, including without limitation a complete copy of any admissions records kept in my name in any and all university offices, all associated content (including without limitation the qualitative and quantitative assessments of any “readers,” demographics data, and interview records), and any e-mails, notes, memoranda, video, audio, or other documentary material maintained by the Admissions Office.  I understand that I may have previously waived FERPA rights pertaining to recommendation letters submitted on my behalf.

As per 34 C.F.R. § 99.10(b), these records must be made available for my inspection within 45 days of this request.  I look forward to receiving a full response within 45 calendar days.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

[School E-mail]

[Student ID]

Career Advisors give Career Advice: All the Fails - We’ve Done Them Too

 By Kimberly Bednarski and Samantha Go, Class of 2018

By Kimberly Bednarski and Samantha Go, Class of 2018

I was nearly in tears from embarrassment and insecurity. I could feel the blood rushing to my cheeks, and it took everything I had not to dart from the interview room and seek refuge in a dark corner. My interviewer relentlessly dug deeper with inquiries for which I had no response, let alone a carefully crafted narrative. Beads of sweat gathered on my furrowed brow, and I began to question the efficacy of my deodorant. Another question about my leadership experience?! All I could conjure was a magical rearrangement of stories I had already delivered—maybe she wouldn’t realize that I was totally unqualified and incompetent? Finally, it ended, and I delivered a limp, moist handshake. To the lockers I went, where I encountered my fellow classmates who had endured similar experiences with this same interviewer! No one came as close to tears as I, and I knew then my chances of being called for a second round were about as real as getting free fruit from the bowl in Harper. A few days later, I received the invite. The interviewer loved me! What just happened?!

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Although not all interview experiences have such positive outcomes, rest assured that us 2Ys have endured our fair share of difficult, awkward, and downright embarrassing interviews. We feel you! From arriving 20 minutes late to a 30-minute interview to realizing you prepared for the wrong interview (as you step through the door), you cannot begin to imagine the host of blunders we and countless generations before have made. Forgot your dress shoes or heels? Yup, we’ve done that.* Witnessed the life force of your interviewer literally drain from their eyes as you “walked” them through your resume? It’s happened!

Yet after all of these trials and tribulations, we landed incredible internships that have helped us discover new careers and grow as both professionals and people. Some even led to full-time offers! And if they didn’t or we wanted to pursue other paths, we had a treasure trove of great stories to use during the next recruiting cycle. No matter what happens during the process, know that YOU are an exceptional candidate with so much to offer! But if you have any doubts or just need some comic relief, come talk to any of us CAs or reach out to any 2Y. We’ve all gone through this, and we’re proud to show you our figurative (in most cases) battle scars.

*Pro-tip: Announce to all four corners of the locker room your shoe size and urgent need, and almost certainly a kind soul will lend you a pair!

Samantha is a stationery nerd - she owns over 15 fountain pens and a dozen bottles of ink. Kimberly’s love for ice cream knows no bounds. Even when it’s -15°F, she’ll still go out for a sundae or milkshake!