Booth Voices Bring to life the Stories of the Our Dynamic Community By Cissy Zhou

The MBA experience passes in the blink of an eye.

One of the main reasons I came to Booth was to make lasting friendships. After being here for a year, I’ve gotten to know most of my classmates’ names and what they recruited for—but there is still so much more about them to discover. I have often asked myself: how can I take my Booth relationships to the next level? When I graduate, I don’t want to regret that I didn’t take the risk to push relationships beyond the surface level interactions that Boothies gravitate towards.

Last year, GBC’s Booth Voices was created as a first step to solving this problem: to help Boothies get to know each other on a deeper, more substantive level. Whether it’s talking about “the most defining moment in your life”, “if you can marry someone that your parents don’t approve of”, or “experiencing discrimination for your race, sex, or beliefs”, Voices is a platform to create conversation. Through three different formats (Insights, Stories, and Ignite), you’ll gain a better understanding of your classmates and help your classmates gain a better understanding of you.

GBC Voices has three different components and Boothies can choose to engage in one or all of them:

As our paths separate in a short number of months, I hope to leave Booth with meaningful and lifelong friendships. I want to remember my classmates not by what they recruited for—but by their passions, their motivations, and what they stand for.

So the next time I see you in the Winter Garden, instead of asking how TNDC was, I will strive to stop and have an actual conversation. I may even share something personal about myself so you can get to know me better. I hope you will return the favor.