Making Networking Work for You

 By S. Abigail Adams, Class of 2017 Career Advisor

By S. Abigail Adams, Class of 2017 Career Advisor

Networking. If the word has begun to induce symptoms of anxiety, you are not alone. While it’s obvious networking is important, it’s not always obvious how to do it right: when and with whom should these interactions take place, and what should they look like?

The key to demystifying networking is to approach it as a tool rather than a task. Consider where you are in the internship search process: what are your current goals, what information do you need to achieve them, and who is best equipped to provide those insights? Grounding the conversations you have through the course of your search in this kind of framework will transform the vague directive to network into organic relationship-building and information gathering.

Right now, you are likely building your resume and considering your recruiting strategy. Your task is to align your interests, experiences, and goals with a directional focus on particular roles and/or industries. You will want to understand, for example, what skills are needed to succeed in a particular kind of role and whether the environment of a given function/industry is consistent with your working style and personal values. Programming during orientation and ongoing deep dives are designed to identify and provide access to the people and resources you need to answer these questions.

  Booth students hard at work crossing the “to-dos” off their lists.   Courtesy of Chicago Booth Image Library  .

Booth students hard at work crossing the “to-dos” off their lists. Courtesy of Chicago Booth Image Library.

When companies start coming on campus and you begin pursuing outside opportunities, your focus shifts to developing a target list. And yes, you are supposed to start “networking.” The key here is to avoid the perspective that networking is a goal in itself. Try not to let the “need” to linger for questions after a presentation, to ask a memorable question in a crop circle, or to reach out to an alumni for a coffee chat distract you from the real purpose of these opportunities--which is ultimately to help you decide which particular companies and roles may be right for you. Depending on what you value most in your search, that might be how a role will offer opportunities to develop and work towards your longer term goals or whether the way a company’s employees interact will make you feel engaged and motivated. This isn’t a new process; it’s just gathering company- and role- specific information from those best equipped to provide it.

As interview season approaches, you will want to continue to develop and maintain your network. How many times should you reach out, and to how many people? Again, you can ground these follow-on conversations in the goals at hand in your search process: writing cover letters and preparing for interviews, which require identifying and communicating the qualities and skills that will make you successful in a role. Perspectives from more tenured employees and more personal conversations with existing contacts can help you do just that.

In the midst of the frenzy, try to remember: networking should help you cross the to-dos off your list, not make it longer.

S. Abigail, a second year Career Adviser, is a happy to be lending a hand to first-year students during the recruiting process.

Allyship: It's Not Just for the Gays

 By Rachel Chamberlain, Class of 2017

By Rachel Chamberlain, Class of 2017

If we haven’t met, I’m Rachel. About me: I’m a woman, a lesbian, more-poet-than-quant (yes, at Booth), a recovering ex-collegiate athlete — and I’m an ally.

Yep, you read that right. As a member of the LGBTQ community and a Co-Chair of the Booth OUTreach club, I hear the word “ally” thrown around a lot. Heck, I throw it around a lot myself: “Let’s have an allyship event,” “How do we communicate more effectively with our allies at Booth?” “Thanks for performing at Pink Party, you’re a great ally!"

One thing I often share with people is I’ve never met someone who wakes up in the morning and says, “Thank goodness I’m gay! It’s made my life so much easier.” (If you know someone, introduce us!) Regardless of an LGBT individual’s background — cultural values, how supportive their family is — it’s just frickin’ hard sometimes. And with strong allies, you don’t have to go it alone. Life gets a lot better.

However, what I didn’t consider prior to Booth is the notion that allyship isn’t just for the gays. Sure, we may have the loudest voice when it comes to using the word. But the truth is allyship extends far beyond joining forces against homophobia. Last week’s African-American MBA Association(AAMBAA)-organized “wear black” day is the perfect example. I loved this event because it provided a visible way to stand against excessive police force toward unarmed black men and women, and show support for the Black community.

But I have to confess something.

Over the summer as events related to the loss of Black lives continued, I felt compelled to step up — to show my support and engage in dialogue. And I completely froze. After all, I’m white. Like really white. Was it my place to speak up about this? Was I expert enough? Would it offend my black friends? Is it even OK for a white person to say black instead of African American?

What’s worse is I was accidentally added to this summer GroupMe (you know, that awkward moment when you don’t want to interrupt a thread with “so and so has left the group”?) that was primarily for black and Hispanic MBA’s. As a silent observer, I watched as students from across the country engaged in a dialogue about how to approach non-minority classmates; how to gain allies. It hit me: they were voicing all of the same concerns my OUTreach crew voices when we talk about allyship. Yet I didn’t reach out to them. I didn’t get outside of my comfort zone to say “Hey, let me lend a hand” — which I know from experience is sometimes all it takes to be an ally.

 Rachel Chamberlain '17 (center) and members of OUTreach, Booth's LGBT+ student group, "wear black" to show allyship for African-Americans and other minorities in the Booth community and around the country.

Rachel Chamberlain '17 (center) and members of OUTreach, Booth's LGBT+ student group, "wear black" to show allyship for African-Americans and other minorities in the Booth community and around the country.

So what did I do? I reached out to exactly one black friend over the summer with a text about it, asking him how I could be supportive. (As if it was his job to know?!) Asking him if AAMBAA was organizing anything. (As if only AAMBAA could organize something?!) It was easy; it was comfortable — he replied with the requisite “Thanks for reaching out.” I had checked the box. I made myself feel better about it.

Shame on me for taking the easy road, and for talking myself out of engaging in a more substantive dialogue. I’d argue that as we get older, we increasingly talk ourselves out of allyship, whatever form that might take. When we’re younger, we rationalize less — we let our instincts dictate our actions. We sit at lunch with the kid who has a lisp; we show the new student to her classroom without giving it a second thought. Over time as we absorb social norms, we look to avoid conflict and “make nice”. We even justify our inaction: “Someone in my squad is black and we’re friends, so I’m covered.” “I have a gay uncle.” “I volunteered at the Special Olympics with my college sorority once.” It’s as if to say I’m in the clear, don’t look at me like I’m not supportive. We shield ourselves — but what we’re really doing is stepping back supporting from those we care about most.

At Booth, we’re in classes (and um...other places with frosty beverages) every day with future leaders from all over the globe. Future managers, politicians, CEO’s, board members. We’re doing each other — and the world around us — a disservice if we don’t get over ourselves and talk about this stuff.

So don’t just check the box — get uncomfortable. Stand for something. Have the hard conversation. Challenge someone. Stand with someone. Because together, we are so much stronger than we are apart.

Rachel is a proud ally of people of color. She has a question: What does allyship mean to you? Post a picture or message on social media with the tag #BoothAlly. Let’s keep this conversation going.

OUT OF THE LOOP

 By Alex Aksakov, Class of 2017

By Alex Aksakov, Class of 2017

A frequent feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop

Be "Cool for the Summer"!

Boothies, the bittersweet moment has come. In two weeks’ time, cozy classrooms will be replaced with small office cubicles, 90-minute Winter Garden lunches with quick snacks over a laptop, and TNDC (Thursday Night Drinking Club) nights out with burning the midnight oil in the office. But fear not – I have compiled a list of the best summer events to help you offset the stress of your new lifestyle.

Chicago

 Lollapalooza takes over Grant Park in Chicago's downtown Loop, August 1-3.  Source: edmchicago.com

Lollapalooza takes over Grant Park in Chicago's downtown Loop, August 1-3. Source: edmchicago.com

If you are staying in Chicago for the summer, then Lollapalooza Music Festival (Grant Park, July 28-31) is a no-brainer. With such heavyweight headliners as Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. While general admission tickets are sold out, you can still find decently priced tickets on the secondary market (StubHub, Craigslist).

Chicago is dubbed “Blues capital of the world” and for good reason. Chicago Blues Festival (Grant Park, June 10-12) is not only one of the largest blues festivals in the world, but it’s also free and super fun to attend. Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and Koko Taylor. This year, the fest features singer Shemekia Copeland, trombonist Fred Wesley & The New JB's, and an all-star tribute to Chicago musician Otis Rush.

New York

 New York City's Central Park hosts free "Shakespeare in the Park" performances of The Taming of the Shrew (May24-June26) and Troillus & Cressida (July 19-Aug14).  Source: timeout.com

New York City's Central Park hosts free "Shakespeare in the Park" performances of The Taming of the Shrew (May24-June26) and Troillus & Cressida (July 19-Aug14). Source: timeout.com

Boothies in New York offices should also be hyped – there is definitely no shortage of amazing live shows, from Coldplay (July 17), Radiohead (July 27), and Blink 182 (Aug 13, 17), to Sting (June 24, 27), Drake (Aug 8) and Beyoncé (June 8).

For those looking for more cultural attractions, I recommend The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, free annual large-scale productions of The Bard’s most iconic works performed in Central Park. This year’s productions feature The Taming of the Shrew (May 24-June 26) and Troilus & Cressida (July 19-Aug 14). With a few exceptions, performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm, require a ticket picked up in advance, or via online lottery system.

San Francisco

San Francisco Jazz Festival (June 7-19), which will host 43 shows over a two-week period, is sure to please aficionados. If jazz isn’t your scene, check out Stern Grove (June 19-Aug 21), a free festival with a wide array of performers from underground hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics, to the iconic San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Burning Man

 Burning Man, a celebration of art and community, heats up the Black Rock Desert Region of Nevada, Aug 28-Sept 5.  Source: theguardian.com, Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Burning Man, a celebration of art and community, heats up the Black Rock Desert Region of Nevada, Aug 28-Sept 5. Source: theguardian.com, Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

For those finishing their internship early and looking for a mind-blowing, once in a lifetime experience, Burning Man (Black Rock City Desert, Nevada, Aug 28-Sept 5) is an excellent option. Imagine yourself in the middle of the desert with 70,000+ like-minded enthusiasts whose main principals are self-reliance, self-expression, and creativity. The event culminates traditionally on a Saturday with the symbolic burning of a large wooden effigy ("the Man"). While the event is sold officially sold out, tickets are still available on the secondary market.

Alex will spend his sleepless summer working for the (not burning) man at Credit Suisse in New York, while jet-setting to Russia, Europe, and California.  

300 Booth Students Flock to Boystown for Annual LGBT #PinkParty

 By John Frame, Class of 2017

By John Frame, Class of 2017

Over 300 Booth students of all backgrounds descended upon Sidetrack Video bar in Boystown, Chicago's LGBT neighborhood, on Saturday, May 21st, to celebrate #PinkParty, hosted by Booth OUTreach LGBT student group.

Students from the full and part-time program attended the event organized to celebrate diversity and LGBT allyship in the Booth community. The three-hour long event featured tons of pink swag, a variety of frosty beverages, and a drag show with performances from LGBT ally members of the rugby and soccer clubs.

Students from the full and part-time program attended the event organized to celebrate diversity and LGBT allyship in the Booth community.
 Over 300 Chicago Booth students showed their support for the student drag performers at OUTreach's annual #PinkParty hosted at Sidetrack Video Bar in Boystown on Saturday night. 

Over 300 Chicago Booth students showed their support for the student drag performers at OUTreach's annual #PinkParty hosted at Sidetrack Video Bar in Boystown on Saturday night. 

#PinkParty was emceed by first-year students, Belen Bazano and Austin Fang, the latter of whom stole the show as “$hia Me$$”, wearing a long black wig and a flowered mini-dress. The drag show kicked off with a strip tease performed to Fifth Harmony's "Work from Home" and concluded with members of the audience in wigs participating in impromptu dance solos.

Throughout the hour-long performance, Fang and Bazano quizzed the audience on drag culture and handed out condoms and other fun prizes before winners were crowned. Sidetrack Video Bar, a long-time supporter of the #PinkParty, donated the club space and attendees flocked to nearby Mini Bar for the after-party.

Erik Underwood, a Co-Chair of OUTreach and main project leader for the event, complimented the support from the Sidetrack staff, “The management at Sidetrack was incredible. We’ve been hosting the party there for years, and the bartenders were excited to come back and have a blast with us. As a landmark LGBT bar in Boystown, Sidetrack is a great first exposure to LGBT nightlife for our straight allies.”  

 Booth OUTreach co-chair and project leader, Erik Underwood (center), strikes a pose with his fellow co-chairs in front of the signature pink lips at OUTreach's annual #PinkParty at Sidetrack Video Bar in Boystown.

Booth OUTreach co-chair and project leader, Erik Underwood (center), strikes a pose with his fellow co-chairs in front of the signature pink lips at OUTreach's annual #PinkParty at Sidetrack Video Bar in Boystown.

Members of the Booth community paused to take professional photos in front of giant pink lips and let loose to dance tracks under a pink glow. The event was the culmination of OUTreach’s annual Pink Month, which was organized to show support for LGBT rights dating back to Nazi Germany when homosexuals were sent to concentration camps and branded with pink triangles. Following the Stonewall Riots in the late 1960s, Pink Month grew to be a staple of the Gay Rights Movement.

OUTreach Co-Chair, Francesco Schettino (’17), spearheaded the planning for Pink Month and expressed the history behind the month-long celebration, “The main focus of Pink Month is visibility--of LGBT people and allies. It gives people the opportunity to become an active part of the LGBT community. The drag show and deep presence in a historically gay neighborhood shows allies that there is nothing ‘scary’ about our community and, in fact, they too can be a part of it.”

The drag show and deep presence in a historically gay neighborhood shows allies that there is nothing ‘scary’ about our community and, in fact, they too can be a part of it.
— Francesco Schettino ('17), Booth OUTreach Co-Chair

#PinkParty had the largest turnout this year. Allies were all smiles before they head to internships and full-time jobs all over the world. “I came because I wanted to show my support for the LGBT community, have some fun, and experience something new,” said Garaudy Etienne (’17).  

I'm an LGBTQ Ally; You Should Be Too

 By Geraldo Franco Gimenez, Class of 2017

By Geraldo Franco Gimenez, Class of 2017

I’m a proud member of OUTreach, Booth’s group of LGBTQ-identified students and allies. Sometimes people ask me why I’m a member since I’m straight. Well, it has been a great way to meet new people, make friends, and have fun – all of which are key to the MBA experience in my opinion. However, it’s much more than that actually. 

An ally is someone who is supportive of LGBTQ people. This can be a non-LGBTQ person who believes that sexuality and gender identity rights (like me), or LGBTQ-identified people who support one other (i.e., a lesbian who is an ally to the transgender community). I’m an ally because I believe that autonomy, freedom of choice, and primacy of judgement should be paramount in democratic societies. I believe that no right or opportunity – either civil rights or professional opportunities – should be conditioned by or limited to who someone is or how they live their personal lives. I believe that allies can not only help in the coming-out process, but also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance, and mutual respect.

It doesn’t matter where we’re from or what we did before Booth, we each likely know LGBTQ people, even if they’re not “out”. More than that, we have definitely engaged in enriching discussions and group projects with our LGBTQ classmates here at Booth. So, wearing pink during the month of May, attending the Allyship meeting, celebrating at the #PinkParty in Boystown (May 21), participating in numerous events throughout next year, and engaging with and/or even joining OUTreach--these are all ways to show your solidarity as an ally. And it’ll be lots of fun along the way!

 Members of OUTreach, Booth's LGBTQ student group, strike a pose at the Pink LPF. 

Members of OUTreach, Booth's LGBTQ student group, strike a pose at the Pink LPF. 

Looking back in history (for instance, the African-American Civil Rights Movement or the fight against the Holocaust), “allies” in a broad sense have been vital in helping minority groups overcome oppression and gain the fair treatment they deserve. People should have equal rights and opportunities – that’s not just about being fair and inclusive, it’s about being human.

I like to believe that all of my fellow classmates have come to Booth to make an impact on the world, leaving it better than we have found it. I know that we will keep seeking this goal long after our two years here at Booth. Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. We have so many opportunities to start doing so today. 

The Allyship meeting is two days away and #PinkParty is this weekend. Both events will be some of the most memorable moments for me here at Booth. I hope to see you all there.

OUTreach’s Allyship meeting: Wednesday, May 18th @ 11:45am, HC01 (lunch served). #PinkParty: Saturday, May 21 @ 8:00pm, Sidetrack Nightclub, Boystown, $25 through Booth Groups.
Geraldo, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is an advocate for human rights and civil liberties. He believes individuals can make a huge difference in the world through collaborative change.

Out of the Loop

 By Sidney Santos Filho, Class of 2017

By Sidney Santos Filho, Class of 2017

A frequent feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop

There's More University to Discover Outside of Harper Center

From tasty milkshakes to real Nobel Prize medals, the University of Chicago offers many hidden treasures waiting to be discovered by Boothies. I am often astonished by how little Boothies seem to know about the greater university community and sometimes how little we seem to care. In chats, we often see the importance of connecting with UChicago more broadly, yet when was the last time you ventured beyond the Metra--Harper Center path? 

I decided to collect a few interesting things that might motivate you to leave our Booth bubble and, who knows, maybe stumble upon a student from another program, have a chat, and make a new friend. In the process, you can share your experiences and learn from them. So, spread the word, grab a classmate, and go explore. Here are some great ways to get started:

 Food trucks prepare for the lunch rush on the University of Chicago campus.

Food trucks prepare for the lunch rush on the University of Chicago campus.

$1 Milkshakes on Wednesdays (Reynolds Club, Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5706 S University Ave): With the heat that is surely to come (we hope), why not treat yourself to a delicious shake? It’s so cheap.

Food trucks (daily, S University Ave and S Ellis Ave, between 57th and 59th streets): Many of you may know this, but there are many great alternatives to Kovler. During lunch time, there are several food trucks on campus offering diverse cuisines, from Korean and French, to Italian and Mediterranean. So put that microecon theory to work and exercise your freedom of choice!

Saieh Hall of Economics (1160 E 58th St, across from Harper Center): Besides the amazing architecture and the fact it is a former Seminary, Saieh holds two hidden gems: the Chicago Economics Experience, where you can see actual Nobel Prize medals and certificates, and a full-fledged Starbucks (ahhh...Frappuccinos!). 

Max Palevsky Cinema (Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E 59th St): For a bit of culture, Doc Films, the longest continuously running student film society, holds screenings of different movies every evening, directly across from Harper Center. Tickets sell for $5 and the quarter pass goes for $30.

 King Tut stands 17-feet above the main exhibit hall at the Oriental Institute.

King Tut stands 17-feet above the main exhibit hall at the Oriental Institute.

Oriental Institute Museum (1155 E 58th St) A full-fledged campus museum housing artifacts from Mesopotamia, Assyria, and Egypt, the Oriental Institute features a 17-foot tall statue of King Tutankhamun. Visit to show your support for the field research and excavations undertaken by researchers and students. 

Sidney loves to explore the university community and would be happy to lead an excursion for anyone who wants to branch out of Harper Center!

6 Tips for Managing Your Summer Internship

 By Nelson Yan, Class of 2016 Career Advisor

By Nelson Yan, Class of 2016 Career Advisor

With a month to go in your first year, you are probably freaking out about your summer internship: Where am I going to live? Why is the rent so damn high? (shout out to my NY and SF peeps!) I have to wake up at 7am every weekday? Yes. Can I stay at Booth forever? No...so you should probably try and get a full-time offer. How do I maximize my chances for a full-time offer? Keep reading. Trust me, I was in the same boat last year. Here are a few pieces of advice as you venture into your summer.

1. Set the tone early before your internship. Reach out to your manager and ask him/her if there are any readings or materials you could preview to hit the ground running the first day. This sends a strong signal and helps you differentiate yourself from the crowd. It is never too early to get to know someone. 

2. Scope out your project and manage expectations. This is arguably the most important thing. Have an early discussion with your manager about what you are supposed to accomplish and be realistic. Set goals that are measurable and challenging, but ones you can achieve. You should also regularly review these goals with your manager to make sure you can hit them.

3. Build your network within the company. Talk to people from different departments and at different levels within the organization to find out how people actually like working at the firm. Figure out if this is a place you enjoy and where you can see yourself working longer term. Remember you are evaluating the firm also. And keep in mind that it is helpful to identify/ have champions that will vouch for you when your manager is asking around for opinions on whether or not to hire you late in the summer. 

  Take a deep breath, and impress...

Take a deep breath, and impress...

4. Stay hungry and humble. Be confident and leave your ego at the door. Work hard, learn as much as you can, and be helpful to your fellow interns. Everyone knows you are smart; what they do not know is if you have the character and dedication to succeed.

5. De-risk… De-risk… De-risk… When you do your final presentation with your team, it should not be the first time your manager is seeing the presentation. Take your deck and review it with key influencers within the group beforehand. Think about all the key deliverables you will have and make sure there are no surprises when you are asked to deliver them.

6. Be thankful. Write thank you notes. People will always remember.

I had an awesome summer in San Francisco and got to know a great group of Boothies really well. I am thankful for that. I trust that you will have a successful internship and summer as well. Good luck!

Nelson is secretly plotting to be a surf bum once he moves out to San Francisco! 

A Music (D)evolution?

 By John Frame, Class of 2017

By John Frame, Class of 2017

In 2008, The Guardian’s Jemima Kiss declared the “death of the album” after Mashable’s Stephen Hodson lamented, “At one time the album model worked giving you the best value for your money, but that is no longer true in the vast majority of cases.” In the year 2000, 730 million compact discs were sold in the United States. In 2015, that number was 125 million, an 83% decline. Factoring in digital albums doesn’t paint a much better picture.

No doubt the culprit is largely the advent of digital consumption formats and radio’s decline. Today, consumers can purchase a single song from iTunes, watch a video on YouTube, or stream an entire album on Spotify or Apple Music, all from the convenience of their smartphones. While music executives may be declaring a state of emergency in the music industry, consumers are benefiting from this evolution in music.  

The streaming phenomenon has become so influential that Billboard, creator of the Hot 100 Singles and 200 Albums charts, was forced to change its ranking system to include not only radio play and physical and digital copies of an album or single, but also digital streams, YouTube video views, and even free downloads. Rihanna’s Anti album caused the latter shift when she released one million free downloads of her album on the streaming platform Tidal that Billboard initially refused to count as sales.

 U.S. Album sales have been on the decline over the past decade. Courtesy of statistica.com

U.S. Album sales have been on the decline over the past decade. Courtesy of statistica.com

Still, artists like Taylor Swift and Adele have actually boycotted streaming services they believe are hurting album sales and lacking financial stability. Streaming services pay artists about a tenth of a cent per stream of a song, with Tidal being the anomaly, dishing out over 7/10 of a cent per stream. Swift recently moved her wildly popular catalog exclusively to Tidal.

While digital listening is on the rise with no sign of stopping vinyl sales are curiously on the rise. In 2007, nearly one million vinyl albums were sold in the U.S., compared to nearly 12 million in 2015. While vinyl won’t save the music industry’s sinking album sales, the growth adds another layer to the complexity of determining what consumers want and in what format.  

Aside from sales shifts, some of today’s most popular artists are taking advantage of the wider audience, breaking records and innovating. Earlier this year, superstar Rihanna, whose career spans little more than a decade, became the solo artist with the third most #1 songs (14) on the Billboard Hot 100, ahead of veterans Michael Jackson (13), Madonna (12), and Whitney Houston (12).    

And 20-time Grammy Award winner, Beyoncé, released two full-length “visual albums” over the past three years that not only include a full set of tracks, but are accompanied by impressive visuals to enhance the listening experience. While considerably more expensive to produce, we could be seeing more visual albums in the future.

While executives are freaking out about how to keep music current and popular, consumers appear to be soaking in the abundance of choice. Total buyer power indeed.  

While John eventually purchased Beyonce’s Lemonade album on iTunes, he did enjoy the it first via a free trial subscription to Tidal. #winning   

 

OUT OF THE LOOP

A frequent feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop

Rediscovering Hyde Park

 By R. Bryan Jensen, Class of 2017

By R. Bryan Jensen, Class of 2017

Close your eyes and picture yourself leaving your apartment and heading to school. What’s your plan? Class, a short stop in the Winter Garden, lunch at the awesome food trucks, and an Uber to get as far away from Hyde Park as you can. Sound familiar?

Well, I’m here to convince you to stick around Hyde Park and explore a growing neighborhood. I did a little research and polled the UChicago Law School students so I wouldn’t mess this one up. They spend most of their three years in Chicago within a 4-mile radius of the law library, so I figured they would have a few Hyde Park tips.

Restaurants/Bars:

 "The Point" is located on Lake Michigan and 55th Street in Hyde Park.

"The Point" is located on Lake Michigan and 55th Street in Hyde Park.

53rd Street has tons of restaurants from Five Guys to Giordano’s. Cafe Bonjour (1550 E 55th St) is one law student’s “favorite spot to feel like a local at one of Hyde Park’s gems.” Piccolo Mondo (1642 E 56th St), “a classy, secret dinner spot off the typical beaten path,” has amazing Italian food. Medici (1327 E 57th St) “has a fun vibe and Obama frequented there a lot.” Want a heart-attack in a chicken wing? Harold’s Chicken (1208 E 53rd St) delivers “fried goodness.” And Yusho’s (1301 E 53rd St) “buns are out of this world!” Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap (1172 E 55th St), a local staple, was featured in The New York Times, A10 (1462 E 53rd St) has great Italian and French faire, and Kilwin’s (5226 S Harper Ave) serves tasty desserts.

Activities:

With warmer weather coming, check out 57th Street Beach and “The Point,” beautiful spots for sports and grilling on the lake. The Revival Comedy Club (1160 E 55th St) just opened and features law professors! A Japanese garden cradles the awesome Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S Lake Shore Dr), and if all else fails, one law student says, “People can come hang at my place. My dad bought me beer!"

So get out and explore Hyde Park. Dare I say, you just might enjoy it!

R. Bryan Jensen lives in Hyde Park with his wife and adorable daughter.


Man “Meats” BBQ

 By Bryan Shu, Class of 2016

By Bryan Shu, Class of 2016

It’s my first time alone in Lincoln Park. Within seconds of entering the backyard gate, someone takes a bite out of a gyro and hands it to me. This is one of those moments where you decide what type of person you are: the type to carefully manage a first impression, or the type that takes a bite. I chose the latter and it was awesome!

One part competition, two parts block party: on the last Thursday of each month, ManBQue “meats” at a new Chicago backyard location to test patrons’ culinary skills. Offerings range from humble to haute, and ample craft beer and cheerful company (brewers, execs, and bloggers) make it a unique TNDC pregame. Despite the name, female contenders are welcome. Grills are provided. The rest is “BYO”.

ManBQue, May 26th, online at: www.manbque.com.

Bryan Shu enjoys using portmanteaus excessively.

The Road Less Taken

 By Alyssa Jaffee, Class of 2016 Career Advisor

By Alyssa Jaffee, Class of 2016 Career Advisor

Spring quarter in a Booth student’s second year is a time for most students to kick back, relax, and enjoy their last bits of freedom before Corporate America takes hold. Students find more time for leisure activities than they ever had before, soaking in the beautiful views with sunshine, great friends, and tasty, frosty beverages.

I, however, chose to follow a different path. In my final months of business school, I decided to take on a full-time job. Not just any job, but a job to build a company within the New Venture Challenge (NVC), sponsored by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth.

I was recruited by my friend and CEO of TransparentMBA, Mitch Kirby, who shared with me the incredible vision he had for the business. Hesitant at first to give up my last moments of freedom, I had to weigh my options: Do I spend my last couple of months working hard, or do I head to the beach for the rest of the spring? Ultimately, I couldn’t resist the lure of doing something new and getting the NVC experience everyone spoke so fondly about. So, I came on board.

 Class of 2016 TransparentMBA co-founders, Jeremy Selbst, Mitch Kirby, Alyssa Jaffee, and Kevin Marvinac, pose like bosses.

Class of 2016 TransparentMBA co-founders, Jeremy Selbst, Mitch Kirby, Alyssa Jaffee, and Kevin Marvinac, pose like bosses.

At first, I assumed I was just doing it to get a new experience and participate in NVC. However, soon after joining the team, I realized that this was an opportunity of a lifetime. I get to help build a company that I believe in wholeheartedly, and I get to do it with the backing and support of the entire Booth community.

TransparentMBA provides insights into compensation and satisfaction data for the MBA community. With thousands of MBA students on the platform, I have now seen the power of the data and feel lucky that I get to be a part of the team.

So, when you think about all that free time you might have or the abundance of experiences you might forgo, think again. Opportunities that allow you to really get a feel for a new experience are worth it, I promise!  Oh, and don’t worry, I do find time for those beach days too!

Alyssa is a Venture Capital Career Advisor who, as a child, was once in the circus. She has also been to 96 of the top 100 US cities!

 

Booth Conducts Groundbreaking On-Campus Recruiting Sexuality and Gender Identity Survey

 By John Frame '17

By John Frame '17

The students of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business value inclusivity, not only at school, but also at future workplaces. Earlier this year, Booth demonstrated commitment to inclusivity by conducting the first-ever, MBA-level lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusivity survey with campus-recruiting organizations.

Julie Morton, Associate Dean of Career Services and Employer Relations, requested information regarding employers’ diversity and inclusion policies based on the following five criteria: 1) Equal employment opportunity/non-discrimination policy; 2) Equal employment opportunity policy which includes “sexual orientation”; 3) Equal employment opportunity policy which includes “gender identity” and/or “gender expression”; 4) Equivalent same-sex partner and spousal benefits; 5) Transgender-inclusive health coverage. 45 top companies responded with mixed results.

Originally conceived by alumnus Alan Morales (MBA ‘15), the survey was developed in partnership with Stacey Kole, Deputy Dean for Alumni, Corporate Relations and the Full-time MBA Program and Clinical Professor of Economics, and student leaders Joshua Panuthos (‘16) and Melissa Liu (‘16). The goal was to empower students to make more informed decisions about where they want to work. With nearly half of summer internships secured through on-campus recruiting, employers responded positively.

“Firms’ recruiting teams were pleased we were highlighting this important issue,” explains Morton. “We have long believed that the opportunities available to our students should be commensurate with the skills and experience that they bring to the job, and should not be limited because of any qualifier, including sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index found that of 781 companies surveyed, nearly all include “sexual orientation” (98%) and “gender identity” (89%) in their anti-discrimination policies. However, many lag behind the progressive line when it comes to policies that include transgender people, with only 53% offering healthcare benefits to those identifying as such. “These results are shocking,” says Antoinette King (‘17), co-chair of the African American MBA Association. “Companies must signal to society that gender identity can’t be swept aside in the greater fight for diversity and inclusion.”

We have long believed that the opportunities available to our students should be commensurate with the skills and experience that they bring to the job, and should not be limited because of any qualifier, including sexual orientation or gender identity.
— Julie Morton, Associate Dean of Career Services and Employer Relations

Liu, a former co-chair of Booth’s LGBT+ organization, OUTreach, adds, “There are currently very few federal protections for the LGBT+ population. Our friends can still be fired or barred from housing for being gay or transgender.” Indeed, despite the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent conclusion that Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964’s “sex discrimination” prohibition clause implicitly includes “all aspects of gender identity”, the federal government remains slow to respond to LGBT+ discrimination.

29 states allow discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and 32 based on gender identity. The recent tide of anti-LGBT+ legislation, evident in states like North Carolina, shows it’s critical for private sector business leaders to stand on the right side of history. We think that over time, companies will realize they face an ever-shrinking talent pool, as they are not only missing out on people who identify as LGBT, but on people who value equality in general,” Panuthos concludes.

While Booth’s employer survey is in no way exhaustive, it is meant to signal to firms to participate in the dialogue and communicate their specific policies with respect to inclusivity, particularly since several firms’ responses were not received. Morton cautions, “The survey went out as firms were gearing up for the heaviest recruiting season...It would be inaccurate to interpret the survey results as an exhaustive list of supportive firms.”

We think that over time, companies will realize they face an ever-shrinking talent pool, as they are not only missing out on people who identify as LGBT, but on people who value equality in general.
— Joshua Panuthos ('16)

Shaming employers for non-participation is not productive, since many face competing deadlines and internal stakeholder pressures that carry real financial consequences. We should encourage employers by presenting students’ positions on such values. “It’s critically important for me to work in an environment that fosters diverse ideas from all individuals,” explains Doug Sexauer (‘17), a straight ally. “Including sexual orientation and gender identity helps promote that environment.”   

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Morton shared the full survey results with the internal Booth community, six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, legalizing LGBT+ marriage. While a celebratory moment for members of the OUTreach community, it was also a moment for allies to pledge their support. “Incorporating fully inclusive policies is a company’s commitment to having an ethical and diverse work environment,” says Jesse Taylor (‘17), a straight ally who values Booth’s commitment to diversity.

Currently, OUTreach plans to ensure the survey reaches colleagues at other business schools. Incoming OUTreach co-chair, Rachel Chamberlain (‘17), is hopeful for the future. “This is a great start. Our hope is that next year we will have higher employer participation and more schools involved. We want these results to foster dialogue at Booth and beyond about the elements of a firm’s policies and how they not only impact LGBT+ people, but everyone seeking an inclusive working environment.”

As an out and proud gay male of color, John is overjoyed by support from LGBT-identified students and allies in the Booth community.

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Follies Prepares Comedy Show, School Picture Day

 John Frame, Class of 2017

John Frame, Class of 2017

What does an armless entrepreneur, a cynical Harper Center art docent, and a schizophrenic Goldman Sachs candidate all have in common? They’re characters featured in the Booth Follies show, Winter Garden of Eden, happening April 29th.

The show, a series of 30 skits that tackle everything from politics to recruiting was conceived by a team of six co-chairs and a dozen writers from diverse backgrounds. “We all have a passion for comedy. I love jokes, writing them and laughing at them. And this show has all of that,” says Patrick Burke (‘17), a co-chair for this year’s show. A capella group Economies of Scale will open the show supported by performances from the Booth Dance Club.

A play on the Harper Center’s comfortable social bubble, The Winter Garden of Eden is bound to be a hit with students. A staple business school student group, Follies is where MBAs can unleash their inner child, robot, or celebrity impersonator, while poking fun at themselves. No doubt you’ve seen Wharton’s “MBAs Assemble a Malm Bed from IKEA” or Columbia’s The Hunger Games parody (“The Munger Games”).

 Nick Lilovich ('17) and Farhan Banani ('17) are venture capitalists and Alison Sanders ('16) is an unlikely entrepreneur in Winter Garden of Eden.

Nick Lilovich ('17) and Farhan Banani ('17) are venture capitalists and Alison Sanders ('16) is an unlikely entrepreneur in Winter Garden of Eden.

What will set Booth’s show apart is the comedic timing of both the writers and the cast. I got a sneak peek at rehearsal of a skit written and directed by Burke. I promised not to reveal punchlines (there are many). The scene involves the aforementioned armless entrepreneur (first-year Kevin O’Keefe) pitching increasingly vulgar ideas to a pair of venture capitalists (first-years Nick Lilovich and Farhan Banani). The ending, completely unexpected, had me laughing so hard I can’t believe they didn’t kick me out of the rehearsal. O’Keefe naturally steals the scene, but Banani and Lilovich are perfectly paired.

It’s clear that Burke’s humor is even richer when it’s living and breathing on a stage than on the back page of the Chicago Business newspaper. The jokes are crisp. This isn’t your amateur high school production. O’Keefe shares, “I joined Follies to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve always wanted to get involved with comedy but I was too chicken until Pat [Burke] made me sign up. Best decision.”

Follies is in full rehearsal mode, readying the show for production. Look for a School Picture Day on Wednesday, April 20th, during lunch in the Winter Garden, where leaders ask that students “wear your finest and bring a comb”. It’s sure to give you a taste of the comedy featured in the show.

Worried you might need to be sufficiently “lubricated” to truly enjoy the show? Well South Asia Business Group thinks so too! They’re sponsoring a pre-show LPF at the Harper Center with lots of frosty beverages to get you toasty and ready to ROTF and LYFAO!

Winter Garden of Eden, April 29th @7pm; $20 advance, $25 cash at door; Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St

John has a serious case of FOMO from deciding not to audition for this show.

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A frequent column featuring some of the best Chicago Booth social media posts.

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Global Boothies: Study Abroad Deepens Local Learning

 John Frame '17

John Frame '17

Chicago Booth’s International Business Exchange Program (IBEP) offers students the opportunity to study abroad in their second year at one of 33 partner institutions in 20 countries around the world. Students take the quarter-long opportunity to expand their knowledge of new industries and markets, practice a new language, and immerse themselves in local culture. While some students travel abroad to fulfill requirements for the International MBA (IMBA), others take the opportunity to deepen their business knowledge beyond the walls of the Harper and Gleacher Centers in order to discover the new, exciting, and altogether life-changing.

 

For some Boothies, the study abroad experience helps them rediscover valuable aspects of their lives that may have been neglected while studying and recruiting. “It reawakened my love of the arts,” says Jordy Freeman (’16), who spent the winter quarter studying at the Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses (ESADE) business school in Barcelona, Spain.

“I took an awesome Life Philosophy course that utilized literature, music, film, and art to extract ‘principles’ for living a good life. I realized that I'd been suppressing my creative side.” Freeman took the opportunity to explore Catalonia, the northern regions of Spain, and nearby France, even meeting up with several classmates on a road trip full of adventure. “The experience reminded me that I'm at my best when I'm leveraging both sides of my brain.” 

 2016 Boothies Shahrul Ramli, Jordy Freeman, Melissa Lui, and Pablo Cosovschi in Malaga province, Spain

2016 Boothies Shahrul Ramli, Jordy Freeman, Melissa Lui, and Pablo Cosovschi in Malaga province, Spain

Just over the border in France, Rui “Vicki” Wang (’16), was exploring the luxury goods industry at the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) business school in Paris. “The MBA,” Wang proclaims, “is not only an academic and career development experience, but also a global exploration experience.” While some students might shy away from the local culture and stay close to the safety net of the business institution, many seek out the local environment and challenge themselves to break out of their comfort zone.

When they do so, students tend to be welcomed with open arms. “From my opinion, as long as you are open-minded, show your willingness to understand the culture, language, habits…regardless of your race or gender, you will receive a warm welcome,” says Wang who chose to study in France in order to expand her knowledge of international markets beyond what she has learned in the United States.

And further still, some students decide to enrich their studies not by traveling far away from their homes (Freeman is from Texas and Wang is from China), but rather returning to them with a completely new perspective. “I really enjoyed spending time in the townships of South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe,” says Alfa Bumhira (’16) who studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and took advantage of the country’s proximity to his hometown.

 Alfa Bumhira ('16) leads fellow  exchange students on  a tour through Mbare Township, Zimbabwe

Alfa Bumhira ('16) leads fellow exchange students on a tour through Mbare Township, Zimbabwe

“I was raised in the Highfield Township of Zimbabwe and this was like my homecoming...I was able to learn more about the challenges of people from all walks of life and their interest in becoming a part of the change happening all over the continent.” Bumhira decided to spend his time not only enriching his own educational experience, but also the learning experiences of his local friends. “Booth has taught me that economic opportunities are for all. I enjoyed sharing my Booth experiences with ordinary people and fellow students I met in the townships where I grew up or in rural areas where my family is from.”

While the majority of students are perfectly content with spending their two short years exploring all that Chicago offers the MBA student, roughly 10-15% of students—like Freeman, Wang, and Bumhira—decide that a trip abroad is necessary. There is much learning and growing to do in and around the Winter Garden, along the halls of our River North campus, and at the University of Chicago. However, for those that feel the local experience is just not enough, a trip abroad during a harsh winter just might be the thing for you.   

 

John studied abroad in South Africa as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. He is thankful for the opportunity that writing this article with Jordy, Vicki, and Alfa gave him to reflect on such a life-changing experience.

OUT OF THE LOOP

A frequent feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop

 Alex Aksakov '17

Alex Aksakov '17

Spring is in the air, Boothies, and there is no better time than now to get out and explore Chicago! So put away those winter boots and Canada Goose coats, hop in an Uber, and get familiar with these awesome events and venues that are (mostly) beyond the loop.

LIVE CONCERTS

From Iggy Pop (April 6, Chicago Theatre) to Rihanna (April 15, United Center), there’s something to satisfy every music taste and budget. Beyoncé is headlining United Center May 27-28, following her controversial Super Bowl performance. The legendary Smashing Pumpkins (April 14, Civic Opera House), Kanye’s GOOD Records music label boss, Pusha T (April 5, Vic Theatre), and British pop sensation Ellie Goulding (May 6, Allstate Arena and Lollapalooza) are on their way as well. And how could I call myself your entertainment guru if I didn’t mention everyone’s favorite “Belieber”, Justin Bieber (April 22, Allstate Arena). Since these are highly anticipated shows, you might have to purchase tickets at a premium through third-party sellers or sell your right arm, whichever you prefer.

 Beyonce's The Formation World Tour at United Center, May 27-28

Beyonce's The Formation World Tour at United Center, May 27-28

DJ PERFORMANCES

The club scene is also packed with some big names. If you’re looking to chill out and lounge, St Germain at the Vic Theatre (3145 N. Sheffield Ave, April 10) might be your jam. Chicago house fans should check out Smartbar (3730 N. Clark St) where house monster line-up DJ Sneak, Felix Da Housecat, and Todd Terry will be spinning on April 9. German techno guru, Stephan Bodzin, who recently played a killer set for the famous Boiler Room internet music project, will be rocking the dancefloor at Spybar (646 N. Franklin) on April 30. And if you’re looking to tap into your inner Western Euro persona, French electro duo Digitalism will be playing live at Double Door (1572 N. Milwaukee Ave) on May 24.

 SPiN Chicago, 344 N State St

SPiN Chicago, 344 N State St

KILLER NEW VENUES

We know you want to be ahead of the crowd, so hop in line at some of the fresh new spots around town. River North’s newest hot spot, SPiN Chicago (344 N. State St.), opened its doors in February and quickly became one of the trendiest social venues in Chicago. A combination of a restaurant/bar/club and ping-pong joint, SPiN Chicago joins New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco as the newest location. They hold special events (“Happenings”) several times a week with DJs, original cocktails, and some pretty lively table tennis tournaments. Definitely worth checking out.

CULTURAL EVENT

 After Dark, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 22

After Dark, Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 22

Concerts and clubs not your scene? Evening Associates, a group of young Art Institute of Chicago professionals, organize a monthly event called After Dark that is held in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. A blend of an art gallery, classy cocktail party and DJ performance, it attracts Chicago’s young and stylish. On April 22, they’ll host guided tours of Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, live performances, and DJ sets. A must-visit for all Booth art connoisseurs.

And don’t forget to save the date for AudioBooth’s Battle of the Bands on May 20. Booth bands will be looking to defend their crown against Kellogg. Come for the frosty beverages and stay for the great music!

 

Spring Job Search: The Best Might Just Come Last

 Cathy Hsu '16, Career Advisor

Cathy Hsu '16, Career Advisor

From the mountains of Kilimanjaro, to the Dead Sea, Boothies have been all over the world this past spring break! For those who already nailed down full-time positions and summer internships — congratulations!  Make sure you join different groups to explore all the interesting, non-recruiting related events that the Booth community has to offer. For those who are still searching, I’d like to share a few tips with you from my own experience as a spring recruit. 

Narrow your target. 

While you still have a good chunk of time for recruiting, 10 weeks can go by quickly. Therefore, you should have clear preferences for roles and locations so that you can spend your time focused on a short list of ideal firms. While a great tool, resist the urge to rely solely on GTS. Instead, utilize external job boards and company websites to check if full-time/ internship positions recently posted. Don’t worry if your qualifications don’t fit the description entirely. The most important thing for you is to have an understanding about the company, and know why you want to work there and your goals. 

Be specific in email communications.

When proactively approaching your contacts in the company, make sure your email contains the following 3 main points: who you are, what you want, and why an interest in the company. For small start-ups, a unique answer for “why this company” is a must-have. Also, be concise. No one has time to read a lengthy email from an MBA student, so optimize your email for the reader so that they can identify your intentions within the first few sentences. It not only saves them time reading, but also saves you time waiting for a response —they can quickly give you a yes or no response.

 No worries.

No worries.

Get peer support.

Find friends who share the same agenda as you. Joining a job search crew is a great idea, but creating your own group can also work. Share information and ideas, hold each other accountable, and practice with your peers to improve your interview skills.

Keep an eye on the Career Services Blog.

Unique opportunities show up on the CS blog all the time. Make sure you subscribe and set up an RSS feed to keep abreast of new and time-sensitive opportunities that may be appealing.

I hope these tips help you during your specialized search. Success is closer than you might think. Enjoy your spring quarter!

 

Cathy Hsu, a second-year Entrepreneurship Career Advisor, bought two nice business suits before Booth thinking she’d wear them every day. She recently realized she probably wore them less than ten times over the past two years. #moneywasted

Steppenwolf’s 'The Flick' Tackles Race and Uncertainty in the Mundane

 John Frame '17

John Frame '17

Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Annie Baker’s play, The Flick, brings us the story of three young people exploring the complexities of modern-day life while working as underpaid ushers at a dying 35mm movie theater in Massachusetts. As the theater faces uncertainty with its refusal to switch to digital projection, Sam (Danny McCarthy), Avery (Travis Turner), and Rose (Caroline Nuff) reconcile past ghosts while grappling with an ambiguous future. 

Avery is the self-proclaimed “shit-phobic” 20 year-old rookie who is noticeably awkward and shy on his first day at the job. Sam, the 35 year-old loner, attempts to train Avery on the mundane intricacies of sweeping up popcorn, breaking down the soda machine (“you have the soak the spouts in seltzer water”), and splitting the staff’s side hustle of re-selling tickets to earn a bit of extra cash (“we totally earned it”). The latter is the impetus for a major plot twist in the second act where racial dynamics creep in and the trio faces a difficult turning point.

Rose, the theater’s projectionist, is immediately drawn to Avery while Sam, her silent love interest, looks on. In one unexpectedly entertaining scene, Rose breaks into an elaborate, energetic seduction dance sequence that proves to be miscalculated as the two prepare to watch a classic on the big screen. Avery is compelled to confess details about his personal life and insecurities: “And the answer to every terrible situation seems to be like, be yourself, but I have no idea what that f*ckin’ means. Who’s myself?” This turning point forces the characters to reveal hidden revelations.

 Caroline Nuff, Danny McCarthy, and Travis Turner in  The Flick

Caroline Nuff, Danny McCarthy, and Travis Turner in The Flick

Travis Turner is a complete delight as the neurotic Avery struggling with his entrance into adulthood. Avery is confronted not only with the uncertainty of what happens next, but how his race will forever trump his privileged yet damaged upbringing. Caroline Nuff brings just enough biting humor and flippant attitude to convincingly reveal Rose’s broken interior. But it is Danny McCarthy’s Sam that is the heart to the play. Transitioning between an obsession with Rose’s carefree spirit and fascination with Avery’s uncanny expertise at Six Degrees of Separation and budding friendship, Sam exudes the insecurities we all try to hide.

The Flick makes liberal use of long moments of silence and quick black outs to close scenes. In an early scene, Sam models cleaning the theater rows in silence as Avery looks on intently for several minutes. The scene gives us a glimpse into the simplicity of their work. In a talkback with Travis Turner, the actor informs that Baker is quite specific about what the characters are thinking during the lengthy pauses. The silence forces actors to explore uncomfortable places that parallel real-life.

The Flick won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and has much in common with the naturalistic, fully realized drama of Anton Chekov’s work. An exercise in the exploration of the “littleness of everyday life,” with a subtle commentary on race relations, The Flick is worth nearly every moment of its three hour running time.

The Flick by Annie Baker. Now thru May 8th at Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St, $15 students       

John studied English literature and theatre as an undergrad at UChicago. He hopes to be a famous child star one day.

 Promotional art for  The Flick  by Annie Baker at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago

Promotional art for The Flick by Annie Baker at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago

Don’t Give Up the (Intern)ship

 Eric Klein '16, Career Advisor

Eric Klein '16, Career Advisor

On January 8, 2005, the attack submarine USS SAN FRANCISCO (SSN-711) was transiting submerged at flank speed from Guam to Brisbane for a much-needed liberty stop. This Saturday morning was unfolding normally by all measures, as the crew cleaned their spaces and prepared for an afternoon drill set. Suddenly, at 11:42am, an earth-shattering crash rocked the ship’s hull, ejecting the crew twenty or more feet from their seats. Recognizing a collision had occurred, the Officer of the Deck ordered the Diving Officer to emergency surface the ship, and although the forward main ballast tanks had ruptured and were leaking air, the diving officer managed to surface the ship using an emergency blow to the aft main ballast tanks. One sailor, Machinist's Mate Second Class Joseph Allen Ashley of Akron, Ohio, tragically lost his life due to injuries from the collision, but the other 114 members of the crew were saved.

Much like USS SAN FRANCISCO struck an uncharted underwater seamount, unplanned events and sheer bad luck can affect even the most prepared. But the Principles of Shipboard Damage Control can help you get back on track in your internship or full-time search, even if you feel like you are floundering.

Know how to use and maintain damage control equipment. Ensure you are using all available job search resources to their fullest extent.

  • GTS Job Postings contain hundreds of new job opportunities, with new ones posted every day. For example, at the time this article went to press, GTS contained 456 full-time and 151 internship job postings.

  • In addition to the public Employment Report, Career Services also publishes an internal Employment Report containing five years of data on where specific students accepted internship and full-time offers. You can access this report through the Career Services webpage on the Booth Intranet. This can help you in identifying companies that may not be on your radar, but ones that have hired from Booth in the past.  

  • Booth has reciprocity agreements with several other top MBA programs, which gives you the ability to view job postings at partner schools, if you are willing to visit in person. You can email crc@lists.ChicagoBooth.edu to arrange an appointment.

  • Career Advisors and Career Coaches offer their time throughout the Spring and can help you refine your search strategy.

Know your way around the ship, even in the dark. Continue to refine your elevator pitch, your “walk me through your resume” story, and your SOAR frameworks. Solicit and apply feedback on these stories from your peers.

Have confidence in your ship’s ability to withstand severe damage. You’ve trained for this moment, and no one else has put in the work that you have. Remember that you are a student at the world’s premier MBA program, Chicago Booth.

Finally, remember the 10th Principle: Keep cool – don’t give up the ship.


Eric recalls passing a placard of these principles countless times on his daily pre-watch inspection.

OUT OF THE LOOP

A biweekly feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop

 Alex Aksakov '17

Alex Aksakov '17

The majority of Boothies live and play in the Loop, and while there is nothing wrong with that, getting out of the Loop opens us up to one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The Loop is a great place for meeting with study groups and hanging out with friends, while also being home to cool parks, bars and restaurants. However, the downside to living in such a vibrant area of town is that many Boothies rarely explore the city beyond the Loop or Hyde Park. And it is a pity, because the Windy City has a lot to offer. Here are some hot places that are well worth a quick Uber ride from the Loop.

 

Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N Sangamon St, West Loop

  Fulton Market Kitchen

Fulton Market Kitchen

Technically located in the West Loop, but typically farther west than most Boothies might normally frequent, Kitchen is a mix of an art gallery, a restaurant and a craft cocktail bar. The place opens its doors in the evening for dinner and then turns into a DJ bar towards the night. Kitchen boasts lofty design with contemporary art pieces hung along the wall, tasty food by Chef Kyle Petersen, and top-notch signature cocktails. It’s the perfect date night spot.

Bordel, 1721 W Division St, Wicker Park

A relatively new cocktail bar from Daniel Alonso, the creator of Fulton Market Kitchen, this speakeasy is situated on the second floor of Black Bull, a Spanish small-plate restaurant. An unmarked entrance enhances the alluring vibe that greets patrons at Bordel. The interior boasts bohemian style, red velvet décor and outstanding old-school cocktails. On top of this, Bordel hosts live events every week: Wednesdays are popular for jazz enthusiasts, Thursdays for Flamenco, and Fridays feature a rotating cast of burlesque performers, magicians, and palm and tarot card readers.

  Bordel Chicago

Bordel Chicago

Danny’s Tavern, 1951 W Dickens Ave, Bucktown

  Danny's Tavern

Danny's Tavern

Located in the trendy residential area of Bucktown, this unique establishment looks like a typical house from the outside. While there is typically a 20-minute wait to enter, it is well worth it because once inside, patrons are submerged into the dark and funky atmosphere of one of the finest dance bars in Chicago. Drinks are cheap and tasty, but Danny’s is really a place for those who love to dance and have fun. The DJ spins records on vinyl turntables, and rarely does the music get boring. From 80s disco with a transition to hip-hop and on to reggae and Chicago House, Danny’s is pure fun. Cash bar only.

 

Chicago is known for its great music scene and nightlife. I urge you to get out of the Loop and discover one of these great places or another of the many hidden gems in the city.

 

Alex Aksakov is a first year from Russia and newly appointed Co-Chair for Audiobooth. When not DJing and getting people crazy hyped up, Alex is busy devising his plan to overtake some of Russia’s largest and most powerful investment banks, to the sound of a killer soundtrack.