First Years' First Impressions

Mairen Foley – First Year and First Time Business Woman

Hometown:  Glencoe, Illinois

KV:  Hardest part about not coming from a business background?

Mairen Foley, Class of 2018

Mairen Foley, Class of 2018

RA:  My background is in architecture, so a lot of what I am learning is completely new to me.  The learning curve can be quite steep at times.  However, I have not found anything to be overwhelming difficult because I am not the only one coming from a non-business background.  I kind of feel like we have the “we are all in this together” mindset.  It has been very helpful to work through assignments and projects with my classmates.  Additionally, those classmates that have business or finance backgrounds are very willing to help get everyone up to speed.  

KV:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

MF:  Coming in, I thought my background would be pretty non-traditional.  However, I learned that everyone at Booth is non-traditional.  Everyone has a unique story - where they are from, what they did before, or what they want to do.  It has been incredible learning in this diverse environment.

KV:  #WhyBooth moment?

MF:  When I got on a plane with 18 people I did not know to travel to some far away land that I knew nothing about...Random Walk South Africa was an awesome experience.  It was the perfect way to kick off my two years here at Booth – I made a lot of great friends and learned a lot about Booth before even stepping foot on campus.

Ruchira Amin – First Year and First Time to the U.S.

Hometown: Vadodara, India

KV:  Your arrival at Booth also marked your first time to the U.S. – how was the transition?

Ruchira Amin, Class of 2018

Ruchira Amin, Class of 2018

RA:  The first couple of days were crazy!  Everything was new to me – the food, the public transportation, the interactions with people.  Fortunately, I had some time to get settled in before Orientation+ began.  I was surprised to learn how automated and efficient some things are in the U.S.  In India, something like setting up a bank account can take days – there is a lot of bureaucracy and paperwork.  A lot of the processes in India are not nearly as efficient as they are in the U.S.

KV:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

RA:  The pay-it-forward culture here is very real.  I first experienced it as a prospective student when researching schools.  I reached out to 23 Booth alums on LinkedIn and every single one of them responded and was willing to chat.  I was really shocked.  I did not experience anything close to that with the other schools that I was considering.  Now, I experience the pay-it-forward culture daily.  Everyone in the Booth community is so willing to share advice and provide assistance.  I really think the culture is such a unique part of Booth.

KV:  #WhyBooth moment?

RA:  When selecting classes before the first quarter began, I emailed Professor Fama with a question about his class.  I was very surprised and very excited when he emailed back!  Although I did not end up taking his class, I did keep the email.  I tell my friends at home that I correspond with a Nobel laureate.

Kyle Veatch, Class of 2018

Kyle Veatch, Class of 2018

Kyle is a first-year MBA student who enjoys giving his classmates an insight into their peers’ thoughts