Why We Write: The Future of Chicago Business

By Harmesh Bhambra ‘16 and Aakash Degwekar ‘16

Harmesh Bhambra '16

Harmesh Bhambra '16

Many of our positive experiences at Booth are serendipitous -- that class we didn’t want to take, but ended up loving; that event we were dragged to, but at which we established our closest friendships.

Aakash Degwekar '16

Aakash Degwekar '16

We stumbled upon ChiBus -- Aakash by writing a heartfelt story about identifying personalities based on how people load dishwashers and Harmesh by deciding to publish a motley collection of thoughts on the relationship between the US and the UK. But we can both say that since then, being involved in ChiBus as editors has been one of the best parts of our Booth experience. And as we look to choose the new editorial team we can reflect on its place within the Booth community and what it has given us.

The ChiBus motto is: “Professional, Playful and Provocative”. We -- the editorial team -- have sought to stay true to this motto by addressing the issues of the day, from terrorist attacks to race relations, and from Donald Trump’s White House plans to Justin Bieber’s lessons for MBA students. We don’t try to shield the student body from controversial topics and views -- we take our independent, student-led voice as an article of faith and believe that because of this we are making but a small contribution to the Booth community.

Writing for ChiBus has been liberating because it has freed us from the bullet-driven communication beaten into us from our years in consulting. We have had the opportunity to understand broadly the many parts of the Booth community in a way that few other student positions could offer. The weekly editorial meetings are one of the highlights of the job, particularly because of the engaging discussions led by people who love writing and who aim to reflect the interests, and views of the community. And, as much as we hate to admit it, the bi-weekly scramble of putting the paper together the weekend before we publish is something that we have come to love.

The Chicago Business archives date back to 1961.

The Chicago Business archives date back to 1961.

Our ChiBus experience has been enriching and we have developed skills over the past year that will be invaluable to our future in business: uncovering and understanding the facts to inform; gathering perspectives from peers and superiors (faculty), and quickly forming a conclusion; writing concisely and lucidly to entertain; having the strength of mind to critique and satirize; selling a product to a savvy market; and having the discipline to plan and manage a quickly turning product.

We are grateful to the previous editorial team for injecting a new lease of life into ChiBus, such as adding a new humor section and revamping the ChiBus website. In the end, ChiBus is a story of the Booth community (our archives date back to 1961) as well as a story of continuous improvement (we are constantly encouraged and surprised by our readership statistics and feedback). As we look to choose a new editorial team, ask yourself: do I want to be part of this story?

Harmesh is the current (and outgoing) Editor-in-Chief and News Editor, and Aakash was the Editor-in-Chief from Winter ‘15 until his graduation in Fall ‘15. ChiBus has made us writers.