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.


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.


[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!

Buzz On (and around) Campus

By Disha Malik, Class of 2018

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On Jan 17th the Chicago Booth Economic Outlook 2018 took place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. With over 1300 alumni in attendance, there was a fascinating debate on the economic outlook for 2018 on topics ranging from Cryptocurrency to the potential for another financial crisis. The panel featured Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, Randall Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, Raghuram G. Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and was moderated by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Chief International Correspondent for CNBC.

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On Jan 23rd UChicago & Chicago Booth held a talk in Davos on AI and the Future of Society. The panel featured Satya Nadella, MBA’97, CEO, Microsoft; the Honorable Penny Pritzker, Founder and Chairman of @PSP Capital, 38th US Secretary of Commerce; David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, University Trustee, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group; and moderator Raghuram G. Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth. The panel delved into many aspects of artificial intelligence, including its impact on technology, agriculture, energy sustainability, but also its impact on jobs and society as a whole.

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In the lead up to the 2018 NVC and SNVC applications on Feb 1st, Polsky held the first Numo Fintech Challenge on Jan 25th. 8 teams reached the finals and the winner was Vest Blockchain which works to make 401(k) transfers seamless for retirement providers with Jetson Benefits, a platform for independent workers to research, purchase, and manage benefits packages taking second place and Seedling, Seedling a which focuses on connecting the un- and under-banked with banks and retailers by redirecting existing gambling behaviors towards savings using kiosk based prize linked savings accounts, taking the third. With the excellent ideas on display at the fintech challenge, we eagerly await NVC and SNVC to see what entrepreneurial ideas come forth.

On Jan 24th and 25th the Booth community voted for the 2018-2019 GBC Executive Board. The votes are tallied, the results are in, and our new slate is One Community, Our Community featuring Elise Hogan - President, Tunde Oshinowo - Executive VP, John Chiulli - VP of Student Affairs, Anne Delmar - VP of Alumni Engagement & Brand, Sukriti Nayar - VP of Community Outreach and Herbert Zea - VP of Diversity & International Affairs.


#WhyBooth: A Partner’s Perspective

  By Codie Angle  , Booth Partners Group

By Codie Angle, Booth Partners Group

The elation felt by a prospective Boothie when they open their acceptance letter is a spectacular feeling. All of the essay writing, interviews, and resume critiquing were worth it!

As a partner of a Booth student, I was able to observe the entire process and felt a similar feeling of excitement when my Boothie received his acceptance letter. Then, roughly 15 minutes later, all of the concerns hit me as well. How am I going to find a new job in Chicago? What does this mean for my established connections to our current city? How am I going to make new friends while my husband is living the best years of his life partying at every TNDC and LPF? What do those acronyms even mean?

Thankfully, all of my concerns were eased as I talked to other partners. I found a great job that perfectly fits my needs. I’ve established connections to Chicago, while still watering our roots in Dallas. Above all though, I have made friendships during our Booth adventure that are certain to last for a lifetime.

In addition to the benefit of our random walk experience, I have also found the Booth Partners’ Club to be a valuable asset in growing and maintaining a community of my own. Through a variety of different sub clubs, such as Explore Chicago, Health and Fitness, Parents of Little Ones (POLO), Wine and Dine, Martners (Male Partners), and (my personal favorite) Book and Movie Club, I have met partners from around the world. Similar to the incredible breadth of students, the partners club has something and someone for everyone.

  Partners Group at the Chicago DonutFest

Partners Group at the Chicago DonutFest

As a second year partner, I chose to take a more active role in the club as a co-chair of the Book and Movie sub-club. I have thoroughly enjoyed inviting partners over for a monthly discussion involving a new book. I have also seen the countless hours that other co-chairs have dedicated to curating the perfect list of Chicago experiences. The hard work and dedication of the officers helps newly arriving Partners to have an organization where they belong.

My time in the Partners’ Club has taken me all over the city. From Donut Fest in River North and Dim Sum in Chinatown to hanging with the lions at the Lincoln Park Zoo and teetering on the edge of the Skydeck at Willis Tower. Booth Partners has the potential become your family during your time in Chicago.



Chicago Booth Students Win Ross Renewable Energy Case Competition

 By John Chiulli, Class of 2019

By John Chiulli, Class of 2019

First quarter brings a lot of stress for first-year students: meeting new people, studying for classes, recruiting, student organizations, and adjusting to a new definition of pizza. To add to the mix of stresses, during midterm week of this past Fall Quarter, first-year students Rachel Enright, Conor Coughlin, Richard Yin, Louis Ernst, and John Chiulli participated in the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Renewable Energy Case Competition. Coming into the competition, each member of the team had a passion for energy and renewables, and had volunteered for the case to learn more about the industry. The goal of the case was to provide an innovative solution to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for a small food production firm that has several locations across the United States.

The members of the Booth team came from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including consulting, financial services, economic analysis, tech, and engineering, and as such were able to provide a rich breadth of perspectives on the different issues facing the corporation. The team used an innovative solution that blended several different types of purchase agreements, including virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) and green tariffs as a foundation for the strategy which allowed the firm to reduce its exposure to future energy prices. In addition, the team provided a full-on design of an on-site solar energy and storage system for one of the production facility locations to illustrate a tangible renewable commitment to the customers and for positive brand imaging.

The Booth team faced a variety of challenges in the preparation and delivery of the presentations with the competition taking place in the middle of midterms, a plethora of other case competitions, not to mention campus recruiting. Luckily, there was plenty of coffee available at the Ross Business School to help them survive on only two or three hours of sleep.

  The Booth Team, Tyrannosaurus Unbundled RECs, represented by Rachel Enright, Conor Coughlin, Richard Yin, Louis Ernst, and John Chiulli, pose with their winning check at the Ross Renewable Energy Case Competition

The Booth Team, Tyrannosaurus Unbundled RECs, represented by Rachel Enright, Conor Coughlin, Richard Yin, Louis Ernst, and John Chiulli, pose with their winning check at the Ross Renewable Energy Case Competition

After the presentations, the judges saluted the strength of the Booth curriculum, noting that the Booth team was the only one that prepared “before” and “after” financial statements with discounted cash flow analysis to analyze the impact on the financial performance of the firm. Moreover, the Booth team received unanimous praise for its team name: Tyrannosaurus Unbundled RECs (unbundled RECs being another method for purchasing renewable energy that was rejected by the Booth team).

Even before they knew the results of the case, the team could agree that regardless of how the case turned out, they would definitely check “YES” to the “Would Take a Road Trip With This Person” question. The road trip to Ann Arbor validated that. After that, winning the competition holding a giant cardboard check was the cherry on top.

John considers the Ross Renewable Energy competition one of his defining moments at Booth and is always happy to connect with classmates to learn about their defining moments, whether they involve inventive solutions to renewable energy issues or not.

Booth Teams Take Home Top Prizes at Four National Stock Pitch Competitions

 By Nina Xu, Class of 2018

By Nina Xu, Class of 2018

Again placing Booth on the map in the world of investing, an astounding four Booth teams from the Class of 2019 took home two top prizes and two second place prizes from the nation’s premier stock pitch competitions in November.  

On November 10th, Ankush Sharda, Diego Gavito, and Lior Shachaf placed first in the annual Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition, marking the fourth consecutive year that Booth has brought home the win. The Ross team beat out eight other teams over two rounds after pitching a buy on Box, a software and service company well-positioned to take advantage of expected high growth in the cloud computing industry, and Hawaiian Airlines, a stock they believe was over-penalized by investors when Southwest and United announced the opening of new routes in the Hawaiian market. The team’s win was recently featured in Forbes.

 (From the top L-R) Ankush S, Diego G, and Lior S at the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition;  Samantha X, Yan Z, and Harald H at the CSIMA Stock Pitch Challenge;  David W, Mohan R, and Tingliang G at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alpha Challenge;  Riddhima H, Caitlyn G, and Angela Z at the Cornell Women MBA Investing Conference

(From the top L-R) Ankush S, Diego G, and Lior S at the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition;

Samantha X, Yan Z, and Harald H at the CSIMA Stock Pitch Challenge;

David W, Mohan R, and Tingliang G at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alpha Challenge;

Riddhima H, Caitlyn G, and Angela Z at the Cornell Women MBA Investing Conference

Also on November 10th, Samantha Xue, Yan Zhang, and Harald Haakonsen placed second in the CSIMA Stock Pitch Challenge, hosted by the Columbia Business School Student Investment Management Association. The team recommended a buy on Adient, the world’s largest manufacturer of car seats. The Booth team saw the company as a misunderstood market leader with wide moats that could capitalize on ancillary markets to realize margin improvement. The competition consisted of two rounds, included eleven MBA teams and was judged by portfolio managers from Point 72, Capital Group and ClearBridge.

David Wang, Mohan Ru, and Tingliang Guo and Riddhima Hinduja, Caitlyn Grudzinski, and Angela Zhao followed suit a week later, respectively bringing home the top prize from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alpha Challenge and second prize from the Cornell MBA Women in Investing Conference. Forty investment firms participated as sponsors, judges, or interviewers at the UNC Alpha Challenge. Sixteen MBA programs (including HBS, Wharton, and Columbia) competed in two rounds, each pitching three stocks. The Booth team pitched long Cooper Companies, long Yum China, and short GoDaddy. Booth’s Yum China presentation was also selected as the competition’s overall winning pitch. The Cornell Women in Investing team recommended a buy on Twitter, on the view that user growth would increase advertiser value and the company's subscription data service would diversify revenue.

David Wang commented on the preparation process “Our team learned to quickly process and implement feedback. We practiced our pitches at Booth's Student Managed Investment Fund a week before the competition and incorporated excellent feedback from SMIF members including Mat Berns and Kyle McAndrews. We were also fortunate to have two of our pitches make it among the seven pitches in the final round. We struggled with the Q&A during our first "at-bat" but improved for our second finals pitch (Yum China) after incorporating great feedback from other Booth IMG members in attendance including Ankush Sharda and Joseph Kim.”

Asked about how he benefited from the experience, Yan Zhang noted “Not only did I get the opportunity to network with some amazing firms, I got practical experience pitching a stock in front of industry veterans. The feedback I got was insightful and invaluable, and I'm proud to have represented Booth well on the national stage.”

Nina is a co-chair of the Investment Management Group and is thrilled by the incredible impact Boothies have made in the investment sphere. She’s happy to connect with anyone interested in finding their own opportunities to make that impact.

Frosty Beverage Exchange Recap: Inconclusive! More Research Required.

  By Oliver Assaf-Chauvin, Class of 2018

By Oliver Assaf-Chauvin, Class of 2018

Did you toast a glass of bubbly as you rang in the New Year? Did you think through the law of decreasing marginal utility as you got the next glass? And the next?

The whole economic world is in disarray. The Sveriges Riksbank’s decision to award Richard Thaler the Nobel prize left many Boothies confused - “I thought market participants were rational agents” confessed a disoriented student. Chicagonomics and the Adam Smith Society decided to settle this once and for all in their last social event, a Frosty Beverage Exchange. The clubs set up an experiment to observe how Boothies interact in a trading environment. Would they behave rationally and maximize their utility or would they fall prey to their human irrationality?

Participants, who were distributed 20 frosty dollars each, could buy coupons at a trading desk that could be redeemed for different frosty beverages. Prices of coupons differed by type of drink and for each of the 10 trading periods. Participants could also sell coupons back to the trading desk and potentially make a profit. The objective was to subject this market to shocks to see how Boothies would react. As an operator of the trading desk I witnessed firsthand how strongly people reacted to price changes. Some would scream and wave their hand others would hand me forcefully their frosty dollars or coupons.

Later analysis of the data has taught us a few things. First, people prefer frosty beverages to sodas -  only 3 sodas were consumed out of the 56 coupons that were redeemed. Second, most reacted to the prices changes as you would expect. They would buy when prices fell and sell when prices soared. Finally, data also revealed that consumption of some drinks was heavily dependent on price: no one would consume beer when its price reached 15 dollars. On the basis of this information it would seem that Boothies behave somewhat rationally.

Below we included some of the data generated so that the reader can make up their own opinion.

  Data generated from the Frosty Beverage Exchange

Data generated from the Frosty Beverage Exchange

Chiganonomics believes that while the findings were insightful, more trials are required to settle this issue with certainty. The club therefore wishes to invites our readers to participate in the next social and help advance science.

  Co-chairs manning the trading desk

Co-chairs manning the trading desk

Olivier is co-chair of the Adam Smith Society and Chicagonomics, and enjoys finding opportunities to apply economic theory to every day phenomenon, not just marginal utility of frosty beverages.

The World Beyond Winter Garden: Spotlight on the Kapnick Program

 Kapnick facilitators grabbing lunch together!

Kapnick facilitators grabbing lunch together!

 by Disha Malik, Class of 2018

by Disha Malik, Class of 2018

“...moreover, the reason Chicago Booth is my top choice for business school is its connection with the larger university…”

Every year, dozens of prospective Boothies write a version of this statement in their application essays. However, once we step into Winter Garden, so many of us are swept away in the flurry of Booth-centric activity. In fact, in his interview with the Chicago Business Newspaper in May earlier this year, Dean Rajan highlighted the importance of this connection with the greater university - “I’m keen on [...] connecting Booth more closely with the university. Booth has largely been a stand-alone entity and the university would like to see Booth taking on a bigger role.” (

And so, the focus of this article is to spotlight one of the programs that allows Boothies to venture beyond Winter Garden and make connections with the larger university - The Kapnick Leadership Development Program at the University of Chicago Law School.

John McComb, Class of 2018

I'm proud of the fact that I go to the University of Chicago, and [...] I think [this program] is such an incredible and rare opportunity that we have while we're here. I knew that by broadening my network to include bright legal minds I would open myself up to both new experiences and new perspectives on leadership and public policy.

What is the Kapnick Program?

The Kapnick Leadership Development program started in 2014 a a result of a $2 million joint gift to the Law School and the Booth School of Business by Scott JD / MBA ‘85 and Kathleen Kapnick JD ‘84. The Kapnick program is based on Chicago Booth’s LEAD program, which is one of the first experiential leadership development programs at a major business school. As the Kapnick program prepares for its 5th year in Fall 2018, we explore it further as one of the many opportunities that Booth students can leverage to be part of the larger community.

How is it like LEAD or different from LEAD?

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George Boghos, Class of 2018

It's a newer program, so I felt like there was an opportunity for me to contribute to the direction of the initiative and shape the curriculum. I got to work on two modules that we designed from scratch this year.

  *based on input from facilitators

*based on input from facilitators

“The program wrapped up in early September, so it allowed me more flexibility in choosing my class schedule this fall and gave me more time to devote to other leadership roles and full time recruiting” - George Boghos, Class of 2018

Who should apply?

To answer this question we reached out to both Kapnick Facilitators as well Senior Coach Terri Brady from the Leadership Development Office to get their perspectives.

1) Those who enjoy working with people who think differently.

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Terri Brady, Senior Coach Leadership Development Office

Both Booth and Law School students are known for their critical and analytical thinking skills. However, they generally use those skills in different ways and apply them to different subjects. They discover these differences in their module discussions and presenting to the 1Ls, and it broadens their perspectives. That’s why this program makes a big impact.

Booth students who become Kapnick facilitators work with their Law School colleagues on module teams and then present the modules to the first-year students. Both settings give Booth students an opportunity to work with people who “think differently.” The result is a broadening of perspectives on both sides of the Midway. Moreover, the Law School facilitators experience working on a team outside of the competitive law school environment where there is a heavy emphasis on academics and on individual work rather than group work. The first-year law students are exposed to how MBA students think about the module topics such as teamwork, communications, conflict and building relationships.

2) Those who want to make a big impact on the program and on people.

The quote from George Boghos, Class of 2018 above illustrated how much of an impact a facilitator can have on a curriculum delivered to the cohorts called Bigelows. However, beyond just being able to impact modules and change curriculum, this program can influence and impact the Littlelows (1L student squads) in a big way. The majority of Law School students start right after their undergraduate experience and while they are the best everything they’ve ever done, their pursuits have often been solitary in nature. This program allows them to work in groups in a way the curriculum does not.

Sakshi Jain, Class of 2018

By the end of the first week, the 1Ls seemed engaged and excited. I found my Littlelows sharing personal stories in our debriefs and making plans to hang out every week outside of school. That was success for our squad as our biggest objective was to create a fun and safe environment in which 1Ls could get to know each other.

3) Those who want to extend themselves beyond the Booth bubble

This may seem obvious but this was a major driver for every Kapnick facil we reached out to. Building relationships beyond with the larger university was a driver for a number of Boothies and Kapnick is a wonderful opportunity to do that while diving deeper into the LEAD curriculum.

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Melanie Quall, Class of 2018

I was interested in collaborating with other schools at the University and diving into the topics covered in LEAD in more depth. [...and...] the most important takeaway for me was the relationships I developed with the other facils, both Law students and the Booth students.

And just like LEAD, the impact that the Kapnick program can make continues well after the program ends. The program isn’t about overnight transformation but it is about immense impact.

Kapnick and LEAD applications come out late October. Curious to learn more? Attend one of the Information Sessions planned on Oct 31 and Nov 2 or reach out to the 2Ys who were facilitators to get a first person account.

Out of the Loop: The West Loop Side Story

 By Nikhita Giridhar, Class of 2019

By Nikhita Giridhar, Class of 2019

Winter will soon strong-arm you into believing there is no world beyond the Loop. So while I still have your attention and Fall lingers with us, I use my hand wisely. Chi-Town, the Windy City, is known most poignantly, as the City of Neighborhoods. Look no further then, than the recently gentrified, speakeasy-laden, duck-franchise haven of the West Loop. It is home to a street that famously parades its moniker, ‘Restaurant Street.’ And we thought River North was everything!

  The vibrant West Loop Neighborhood is always welcoming

The vibrant West Loop Neighborhood is always welcoming

As most of Chicago, weekends in the West Loop begin on Thursdays:

Thursday, Happy Hour:

This is my dutiful goat-franchise shout out. At Little Goat Diner, across the street from its fine-dining counterpart, on a red-leather-back diner counter is your sloppy goat sammiche. The weekend vibe is best washed down with 1.21 gigawatts (you’ll know what I mean - it’s happy hour!). If you prefer, just tell yourself you're a student and you can do this - indulge in the Mint Chocolate Chip shake!

Friday, Ramen:

  Slurp that Ramen at the teeny High Five Ramen

Slurp that Ramen at the teeny High Five Ramen

The order of the day needs you to stand in line at the opening hour (6pm) at High-Five Ramen. Your table (bar stools in the 14-seater dimly-lit ramen secret spot) will be ready in an hour. Walk across to Bar Siena and soak in the neighbourhood gathering over soda (and/or more!). The music and din of the weekend is an all-weather remedy! Head back to High Five Ramen and prepare to be amazed by how much is packed into 300 sq ft!

Saturday, Coffee & Music:

  Get your caffeine on at La Colombe

Get your caffeine on at La Colombe

If you continued back to Bar Siena or chanced upon the latin-music gem of Ronero, you will need La Colombe’s cold pour, rain-watching windows and barista vibe the next morning. If you're sans company, this is where you’ll make a new friend.

  Catch a gig at Sofar Sounds

Catch a gig at Sofar Sounds

When you walk down Randolph between Sangamon and Halsted, this alfresco neighbourhood of warehouse-turned-lofts will fit into your day like a song. Speaking of, Sofar Sounds is always hosting pop-up gigs at pop-up venues in the West Loop. There is no greater way to reduce the degrees of separation between us and our live-music co-aficionados. An ideal Saturday night.

Sunday, Brunch:

  Enjoy Margaritas on tap at Federales

Enjoy Margaritas on tap at Federales

Channel your costume-party alter ego and make Federales your own! The hip-hop, beer garden, high-energy vibe is more than you can pack into your Sunday afternoon and yet somehow, you will! The music feels live and the ambiance is contagious. Margaritas on tap is a thing!

Bad Hunter is where all bad things come to an end. This forage specialty is the peaceful antidote to the whirlwind week ahead of you. Ask for their choice of wine, stay for dessert, have a great conversation and walk back to the Loop along the river.

Winter can only do so much to the ‘hood that holds Chicago’s character. But since it ought to be on your list, treat yourself to Fall in the West Loop. Get over here quick, au cheval.

Nikhita is one those Boothies that doesn’t live in MPP and chooses to call West Loop home. She’s always willing to show you around the incredible neighborhood or go on adventures to explore more of Chicago!

Buzz On Campus: OUTReach LnL on National Coming Out Day

  By Trisha Chakraborty and Disha Malik, Class of 2018

By Trisha Chakraborty and Disha Malik, Class of 2018

“Coming out is not a moment. It’s a process...”

That line, said by the first speaker during Oct 11th’s Booth OUTreach Lunch and Learn, was a reminder that it’s a journey, and one that people shouldn’t have to make alone. Over 30 Boothies gathered to tell stories and hear stories, during a Booth Stories style lunch.

Trisha Chakraborty, Co-Chair of Student Engagement for OUTreach, noted the intent of National Coming Out Day. "While certainly important, the goal of this event was not simply for LGBT students to celebrate being out. Equally important is celebrating our allies and conveying how critical their support, be them friends, family, colleagues, or complete strangers, is to the coming out process. We literally can't go through this process alone."

As someone who identifies as an Ally, this Lunch and Learn was an event I didn’t want to miss. While I can only empathize with those who struggled coming out, I can recognize that even at the best of times, it's hard to love yourself and even harder to show who you are to the rest of the world.

Five speakers told their stories of coming out while a sixth told his story of why he was an Ally. And as the six speakers talked, there were moments when they related the humor they found in their journey ( father just said, “I really hope [your boyfriend's] not vegan because there is only so much I can handle”...) and powerful moments of heartbreak that turned my paper of notes into a tear-stained, barely legible mess.

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While I believe each story truly belongs to the speakers, I want to take this opportunity to touch on the themes that that are important for us as members who identify as LGBTQ or as Allies: Community, Courage and Love.

When it came to the idea of Community, the speakers talked first of fragmented communities, of building two worlds - one where they could be themselves and one where they found themselves hiding a part of who they are. They also talked about struggling to reconcile their multi-faceted identity in these communities with the fear that others may want to define them only by the fact that they identified as LGBTQ. But they also talked about the communities that supported them, people that made them feel like they belonged, and how instrumental that community truly was.

Which took us to the idea of Courage. It took immense courage for the speakers to share their stories not just in front of us but in front of so many people through their lives. They had the courage to conquer the fears - both real and those they built up in their heads - to stop, as one speaker said, “ducking, diving and dodging questions” and say the words “I have something to tell you.” But what was also moving was the courage the Ally speaker spoke of. It takes courage to speak up in defense of what you believe especially when you defend your thoughts to people who may need to have those difficult conversations to rebuild their value systems or at least to respect yours.

But at the very end of it, each story spoke of Love. The difficult process of allowing people to love you and accepting love but also how important the love is to allow people to be their true selves.

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I started with the phrase that one of the speakers said - coming out is not a moment. It’s a process - and I want to end with a reminder that this process can be a lifetime of choices. For every person that identifies themselves as gay, they make that choice to come out in each new encounter and choose to tell each person they meet. So we must remember that we all play a role, whether by listening to stories, telling stories ourselves, and at times, standing up for those who need us to.

National Coming Out Day was first celebrated in 1988, when tens of thousands of LGBTQ people and their allies converged on Washington for the first National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event, routinely held October 11, is now marked with many different celebrations nationwide, including rallies and parades.

RW Thailand: Party THAIme

  By Ashley Edwards, Class of 2019

By Ashley Edwards, Class of 2019

On August 18th, 2017, 14 new Booth students approached O’Hare with a bit of nerves and excitement as we were about to embark on our first formal Chicago Booth event, a Random Walk to Thailand.

The journey began alongside two other random walks, Indonesia and Vietnam, who accompanied us on the first leg of our trip to Hong Kong. Right away, we were able to make not only new friends from our trip, but meet other Boothies that were headed to the same continent. All together on the airplane, we had a solid 14 hours of talking and bonding time (and in my case, most of these talks surprisingly centered on philosophy since my airplane buddy was reading Friedrich Hegel).

  Group photo of RW Thailand in the midst of a great evening

Group photo of RW Thailand in the midst of a great evening

We started our journey in Bangkok, a beautiful, bustling city. We toured the Grand Palace, bowing and marveling at the Emerald Buddha statue in reverence. We walked through the city’s markets and streets, taking in the culture, smells of delicious food, language, and ambiance. We enjoyed the wonders of the city’s night life by starting with a traditional Thai dinner and some very icy local cocktails.

On the next step of our journey, we jet set off to Phuket, where we enjoyed a lovely boat ride to the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands, which are beautiful islands donned by large cliffs and mountains. We spent our first day there taking in the sights and sounds, relaxing on the white sand beaches, listening to the local boats crashing toward the pier, and enjoying the marvelous sunset from a top the island’s highest peaks post a very scenic nature hike. The RW Thailand crew finished the exploration of Phi Phi by donning their best neon apparel (on Phi Phi Don, pun intended) and exploring the various beach venues of the island, stopping along the way to appreciate Thailand’s version of an Ibiza pool party.

While sad to leave the islands we were grateful for the memories we left behind as we boarded our boat back to Phuket. In Phuket, the group relished in the night life, taking several trips to the infamous Patong Beach. We soaked up the last few days of sunlight and beach time at the Phuket resort (and of course, savored the unlimited brunch specials), and made our way back to Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, we were able to see the city from the highest vantage point possible – a top the open ceiling venue at the Ritz Carlton where we relished our last few hours in Asia.

Random Walk Thailand was an incredible experience. Lifelong friends, two beautiful countries, and endless laughs, memories, and late nights really brought together this amazing group of Boothies. Can’t wait to apply to lead Random Walk next year with people from this great group!

RW Peru: A Toast to “Thick Thighs and Fast Friends”

  By Andrew Hyman, Class of 2019

By Andrew Hyman, Class of 2019

Before dawn on August 18th, twelve new Boothies and our four fearless second-year leaders gathered in the O’Hare airport, bleary-eyed and ready for an adventure in Peru. We expected tough hikes, beautiful ancient ruins, and… unpleasant… bathroom situations. But none of us could have guessed just how crazy things would get.

Our first unexpected adventure occurred in Miami, where we had over six hours of flight delays. After the first delay, our intrepid team deplaned and traversed the Miami airport, in search of free booze and Cuban food. After enjoying some fine aged rum, empanadas, and bistec de palomilla, we got the news: another delay. We didn’t mind another excuse to head to the bar (who knows if Peru would have craft beer?), but the mood was sinking. The free pisco sours waiting for us at the hotel were starting to look unlikely.

We finally arrived in Lima with barely enough time to sleep, much less enjoy frothy beverages. A few hours later, we were off to Cusco, where we got our first real taste of the Andes: coca tea.

Fired up and ready to go, the group set out on the Inca trail, hiking up steep mountains and into verdant valleys, loving every minute of it (except for those spent in the squatty-potty). The group’s guide, Darwin – yes, named after the scientist – kept us entertained with random jokes such as, “what kind of bees produce milk” (boo-bees) and the real meaning of the song Gasolina (not suitable for publication). Just before our third night on the trail, we rounded the bend and were met with spectacular views and colossal ruins – just a flavor of what was to come the next morning.

  One of the countless group photos in front of the beautiful landscapes of Peru

One of the countless group photos in front of the beautiful landscapes of Peru

The next day, we woke at 4 am after a long night of Monopoly Deal, but the pain of early hour was worth it as we watched the sunlight hit Machu Picchu. After a tour of the ruins, we were exhausted and ready to rejoin the modern world of Wi-Fi and real toilets.

The last couple of days were a whirlwind, from getting kicked out of a bar for playing Mafia too enthusiastically, to sampling a selection of piscos and fine local cervezas. The team then unwound with massages and one final night of dancing in Cuzco.

In our last hours in South America, we reflected on our trip and we knew it was all worth it just to be able to say, in the words of Cam Combs, that our trip to Peru gave us “thick thighs and fast friends.”

A big thanks to our group leaders – Emma Boston, Maura Welch, Scott Munro and Sean Breen – you guys are awesome! Thanks for making our journey to Peru so memorable.

RW Morocco: MoROCKan the Desert

  By Sukriti Nayar, Class of 2019

By Sukriti Nayar, Class of 2019

Picture yourself trying to navigate winding stone passageways. Each house indistinguishable from the next, the narrow cobblestoned roads all look the same and the only new landmarks are the ornate, carved wooden doors on either side of you. The midday heat is beating down on the medina but you’re thankfully saved by the cleverly engineered shadows. You’re alone – a small panic begins to arise – but you breathe a sigh of relief.

Your group is just around the corner.

Each one of the 18 Boothies who went to Morocco this year had a similar experience at some point during the trip. Fourteen first-years with their four kind and patient group leaders explored the culture and cities of Morocco. Marketed as a Random Walk high in the “cultural” element, the trip brought together adventurous and empathetic Boothies; the RW Morocco team bonded over our shared love for crossing cultural boundaries with abandon. (Though, that did get us into trouble at one point – half the group tried the same bag of dates and all got food poisoning.)

  Group poses in front of an argan tree full of goats on the way to the seaside town of Essaouira

Group poses in front of an argan tree full of goats on the way to the seaside town of Essaouira

The trip began in Casablanca, where we ate at Rick’s Café – and a pianist played “As Time Goes By” – and we then made our way to Fes, Rabat, Marrakech, Essaouira, spent a night camping in the desert, and topped our trip off with a night out in Madrid.

Some highlights of the trip included:

  1. Visiting a local tannery and watching the leather dyeing process (also, being surprised by our ridiculous tour guide who tried to convince us first that he spoke no English, then switching to a perfect Aussie accent and then trying to convince us that he was from New Jersey – none of us know the truth to this day)

  2. Driving to an argan oil cooperative in Essaouira to watch argan oil being made by hand – and making a pit-stop at a tree filled with goats

  3. Riding a donkey up to our lunch, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the mountains

  4. “Glamping” in the Agafay desert, complete with a DJ, fully functional showers, and some rather disgruntled camels

  5. Our 9-hour bus ride leading us to create and perform our dance “Get Your Morock-On” (check us out; we’re Insta-famous)

  Group poses in front of one of the beautiful doorways of Fez

Group poses in front of one of the beautiful doorways of Fez

As with any trip we faced our challenges: the aforementioned food poisoning, heat exhaustion, motion sickness; but we supported each other with a sense of humor and a liberal dosage of over-the-counter medication. The Moroccan people opened up their lives to us and we were welcomed warmly by restaurateurs, hawkers, and passersby alike. We left with a greater sense of community and a love for the Moroccan people, history, and food. Tagine, anyone?

RW Morocco were the winners of the RW Photo Contest. Check out more of their adventures on Instagram @boothrwmorocco2017 and their music video on YouTube!

RW Iceland: Bonding Beyond the Wall

 By Chris Liquin, Class of 2019

By Chris Liquin, Class of 2019

As I reflected on our remarkably diverse Iceland trip, I naturally found myself revisiting our group Instagram account for inspiration. It is often said that you can judge a person by their first Instagram post – so of course, I applied this long-standing philosophy to our trip, as well. What I found revealed a series of deep truths about our passions, priorities, our successes and failures. Just kidding…

  Best lobster roll in Minnesota? Group enjoys a meal at the airport before they leave for Iceland #arewethereyet #icelandviaMSP

Best lobster roll in Minnesota? Group enjoys a meal at the airport before they leave for Iceland #arewethereyet #icelandviaMSP

So, let’s start with the obvious: our group loves food. While the Minnesota airport lobster roll was not particularly memorable, we did enjoy some of the best dinners of my life in Iceland. Our food-loving trip leaders did a phenomenal job picking out the hot spots of the island. The Icelandic diet is what you would expect from remote islanders living on a cold, volcanic glacier: really fresh fish, some lamb, and no vegetables (unless you count potatoes). Highlights included whale, shark, arctic char, and puffin. Poor cute little puffin.

At the start of this piece, I introduced the trip as remarkably diverse. Not including our trip leaders, we had only four Americans on our trip of fourteen. But that isn’t where the diversity ends. We stayed in the ritzy Grand Hotel Reykjavík and we stayed in tiny tents under the northern lights. We hiked an ice-cold glacier and we relaxed in natural hot springs.

Experiencing such breadth of activities with a group of brand new friends allowed us to genuinely go deep in getting to know one another across a range of contexts. Different people find energy through different activities – as we continued to push on to new experiences, our understanding of one another evolved in new and interesting ways. At some point, I learned that one of our quietest group members from Beijing had early ambitions of being an actress, which totally explains why her Jazz hands are so on point in that first Instagram photo.

 RW Iceland group takes obligatory glacier photo

RW Iceland group takes obligatory glacier photo

Honestly, one of the most memorable moments was watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones together. On one of our tour bus rides, we created a fort with an Icelandic blanket, used a Brazilian’s HBO account, on an Australian’s laptop with a Chinese VPN – all orchestrated by one dedicated Israeli. What an episode it was.

I think the trip also marked the beginning of our realization that the next two years would be… Different. It introduced, for me at least, a sense of urgency I hadn’t felt in a long time – this was going to be cool. Really cool. My classmates were cool. Really cool. Even in the most interesting of careers, most of us hadn’t experienced this level of true mélange. Even as self-proclaimed foodies, most of us hadn’t ever tried shark. Even as well-traveled, cultured adventurers, no one had seen the Northern Lights. This whole business school thing was going to be different. But I still wouldn’t recommend the shark.

RW Guatemala: Meeting Felisha the Flamingo

  Paul Veiga, Class of 2019

Paul Veiga, Class of 2019

¿Por qué el gallo cruzó la carretera?

Stepping out of the airport in Guatemala City, we were intrigued when we saw an interesting looking man holding a Chicago Booth sign. Juan Galich, or Juancho as he preferred, strode towards us in his flip flops and capri jeans, long hair flowing in the light breeze. Little did we know that our tour guide would soon prove himself also a local celebrity, live performer, and renowned hot sauce maker. Juancho’s cousin, Fernando aka El Mono, also accompanied us and the energy Juancho and Fernando brought was contagious! We are eternally grateful for their presence.

  Group picture at Tikal National Park

Group picture at Tikal National Park

We spent our first full day in the Tikal National Park outside of Flores, an archaeological dream world filled with ancient Mayan ruins, temples, and fun little animals called coatis. Normally a place of reflection, where one could stare out into the jungle as far as the eye could see, we were surprised by one group in particular. We stared as they circled around an individual gazing up at the sky with a Darth Vader looking mask. Was this some type of ritual? An ancient custom perhaps? No, we quickly learned, just a good spot for a quick glimpse of a solar eclipse.

The adventures continued as we journeyed to Antigua to spend time at the Pacaya National Park, an active volcano. After a few hours of hiking we took a break to become one with nature. Some danced in the rain like niños and a few toasted marshmallows over the natural hot steam. The day ended at the hot springs of Santa Teresita, where an hour of pool volleyball served as a warning for the level of competition to be expected at Fall Frolics.

Though we started off the trip with fifteen members, a sixteenth was introduced prior to our “I’m on a boat” themed evening in Antigua. Felisha, an inflatable flamingo pool float, came with us everywhere for the rest of the trip, from dinner to the club. In fact, we all got along so well, that Felisha will likely make an appearance at a Booth event later this year.

  Felisha the Flamingo - RW Guatemala participant #16

Felisha the Flamingo - RW Guatemala participant #16

The last portion of the trip was spent on the beautiful Lake Atitlan, where relaxation reached its pinnacle. The landscapes and activities I’ve described were amazing. But what made this random walk truly unforgettable, like all others I assume, is the downtime spent together. Telling stories of when public transportation went awry, doing the crab walk down a mountain, and listing out facts about bananas late into the evening. These are the memories that will withstand time.

Tina, Jessie, Misha, and Alex – thank you for everything.

Words from the Wise: How to Succeed in Your Summer Internship (or What Not to Do)

By Audrey Lancaster and Sarah Donohue-Rolfe, Class of 2017

Now that we are graduates and about to return to the adult world, we wanted to impart some advice on how to be successful in your summer internship. Most advice you receive will be on how to behave or build your network effectively. But we think it is more helpful to share how NOT to behave at your internship, unless you desire to be a perpetual career changer. So long as you avoid these pitfalls, you can guarantee at least a recommendation, if not a full time offer.

1.    Don’t show up late. Your internship is only 10-12 weeks and you want to make a good impression. You have plenty of time to sleep in as a second year because let’s be honest, you have to rest up before TNDC but the internship is not this time.

2.    Facebook stalking is not your profession - stay off social media while at the job and you won’t risk finding awkward photos of your boss. You should be working hard and not playing on social media.

3.    Avoid making personal calls to your friends and mom while at work. That call or text message can surely wait until you leave work and your friends and cube mates will thank you for not boring them with your monotonous daily routine.

4.    Leggings are not real pants and picking up the closest article of clothing from your hamper does not make a good impression. An iron can be your friend. Also, Febreze does not count as doing your laundry. Dress appropriately.

5.    Never pick your nose or fart in your cubicle. This is not how you make friends or impress your manager; maybe bring a bowl of candy instead. Cleanliness really does matter.

6.    Don’t act like you know it all. Booth does a great job of providing you with the foundations to be successful but that doesn’t mean you can tell your manager how to do his/her job better.

7.    Don’t be anti-social. Eat lunch with your teammates or other interns and join after-work events; remember there is a world outside of Booth and here is an opportunity to grow your LinkedIn network!

8.    Speaking of networking, don’t network with other firms while you are at work. This is a great way to not receive a job offer after the internship. After all, you wouldn’t want your significant other to find out you were still playing the field after you agreed to settle down (for at least your summer internship).

9.    Know your boundaries. Don’t expect to meet with the CEO one-on-one unless your project requires it. CEOs are typically busy people and likely have no idea who you are, so keep that in mind. If you want to meet with them, try and leverage your network to get you in the door.

10.  Don’t forget to have fun - it is still summertime and you should try to enjoy it!

Good luck! Don’t forget career services is always available to help!

Out Of the Loop: Exploring Boystown through the Pink Party!

  OUTreach co-chairs pose after the incredible performances

OUTreach co-chairs pose after the incredible performances

If the amazing gifs in the promotion emails were any indication, OUTreach’s #PinkParty was bound to be a fun-filled evening. This Saturday, over 300 Boothies from the Full-Time and Evening / Weekend program ventured out of the loop and descended upon Sidetrack Video bar in Boystown. After briefly selling out earlier in the week, Pink Party managed to find tickets for those who were having no success on the secondary market. The second wave sold out quickly too and people on the waitlist continued searching for last-minute tickets on GroupMe.

 Row 1 (L to R) The LEAD queens pose for the cheering crowd; “Adele” croons for the crowd; Krissy Feetface ready to own the stage.  Row 2 (L to R) Tasha Fierce and Hay-Z ready to rock it; Winners of the Pink Party 2017 Crown; Rugby team celebrates a victory on the field, on the stage

Row 1 (L to R) The LEAD queens pose for the cheering crowd; “Adele” croons for the crowd; Krissy Feetface ready to own the stage.

Row 2 (L to R) Tasha Fierce and Hay-Z ready to rock it; Winners of the Pink Party 2017 Crown; Rugby team celebrates a victory on the field, on the stage

The evening featured tons of pink, a variety of frosty beverages (including Sidetracks’ slushies) and amazing, raucous drag performances! The emcees, Christine Groesbeck and Andrew Janiszewski (as his fuchsia-clad alter ego Alexa Playmusic), kicked off the evening by introducing Chicago Drag Queen Krissy Feetface, performing for the first time at Pink Party! Her stage shaking, fierce performance had the crowd screaming and applauding, and ready for the competition to follow.

The bar had been set. And the Boothies were ready to cheer on their classmates in the amateur drag competition. After a few words from the judges - Chris Collins, Associate Dean for Leadership Development, Jessica Jaggers, Senior Director Diversity Affairs & Student Life, Maria Ocasio, Director of Diversity Affairs and Thomas Winberry, Assistant Professor of Economics - the performances commenced. As one judge said, the crowd wanted the “queens to work it and kings to slay” and that they did.

Fresh from their win over Kellogg, the Booth rugby team made an appearance, trading out their short rugby shorts for shorter skirts and pink boas. Not to be outdone, the LEAD facilitators for 2017 stepped up with not just one queen on stage, but two! “Adele” represented the Evening / Weekend program and the audience joined her in her lip sync performance because she truly had “our hearts inside of her hand” as she crooned to Rolling in the Deep. And then Tasha Fierce stepped up with Hay-Z and as one of the folks up front, I can attest that we couldn’t hear the music over the screams of the crowd. However, it was the first ever Pink Party Drag King performance by the Cunning Linguists that stole the show, and the Pink Party 2017 crown, with their rolling, grinding and swagger, it was a (pun-intended) pants dropping performance.

The incredible entertainment aside, this evening was able to highlight and celebrate the diversity and LGBT allyship in the Booth community. This was step forward for Boothies who ventured out of The Loop, to a historically significant neighborhood in Chicago, and perhaps some, to a place outside their comfort zone.

  Pink lights at Sidetrack Bar added to the evening’s festivities

Pink lights at Sidetrack Bar added to the evening’s festivities

For those hoping to explore Boystown more, a few recommendations from OUTreach co-chair Taylor Carson - “Wood is a great place to grab a bite. Hit DS Tequila for margaritas. Salsitas has THE BEST late night greasy, cheesy quesadillas. And if you want late night, sweaty dancing, Hydrate and Scarlet are great.”

One thing is for sure, looking back at that evening, we can definitely say, “Oh my Gaga, that was so good!” Major kudos to the OUTreach co-chairs who worked tirelessly to get this event together.

Preparing for your Summer Internship: Finding your Anchors

 Rohan Hemrajani, Class of 2017

Rohan Hemrajani, Class of 2017

As you start your summer internships, you are going into a new and unfamiliar environment, where you would need to prove yourself worthy for a full-time gig in less than 10-12 weeks. I walked into Ecolab Inc. in Minneapolis for my summer internship that encompassed a whole lot of unknowns: the city, the industry, the role, the team and the company itself. In order to maximize my productivity and experience, I had to anchor myself to people within the company who can help me settle down quickly, and also contribute towards a success summer: people who can support me beyond the professional context. I called them my “go-to team.”

Who can they be?

Essentially, your anchors should be employees within the organization who have spent a considerable time in the company as well as the location. They can be someone who you have some similarity with, such as company division, business school, work floor or even ethnic background. My “go-to team” comprised of my manager, my team’s director, 2015 Booth alumni and a fellow Indian who had his work station right next to me.

What can they support you in?

It is important to build personal relationships with your anchors, to enable trust and support beyond your project. Some of the different areas I took support in were: feedback and run-through on final presentation, who to network with and how, fun things to do in the city, and even pursuing common interests together. The interactions could range from personal to professional contexts: from a formal meeting to getting drinks or even catching up over the weekend.

 Recognize that you may need more than just one type of anchor. Find a diverse group of people to surround yourself with.

Recognize that you may need more than just one type of anchor. Find a diverse group of people to surround yourself with.

How can you sustain these relationships?

Your anchors should know that you value their feedback and trust their opinion. This makes them more invested in your development and experience. I often openly communicated this to my anchors, and it fostered a stronger bond with them. Beyond communication, it was also important for me to maintain regular interaction with them. The conversations shouldn’t always be when you need some kind of support. I used to often catch up with my anchors, and have meaningful conversations with them about their personal interests and background or their professional goals. This way, you are also building long-term relationships, but do not do this with the intent of sustaining anchors; be genuinely interested in building these relationships.

The first few days of your internship are overwhelming because you are getting to know new people, while trying to figure out the scope of your project. Hopefully, you find your anchors in these days so they could help get you over this feeling faster and can direct you towards a successful summer stint.