First Years’ First Impressions

Author: Jordan Cleare (Class of 2019)

Jun Liang (Class of 2019)

Jun Liang (Class of 2019)

JC:  How have you enjoyed returning to Chicago?

JL:  Moving back to Chicago has been an awesome experience - I missed the Midwest a lot. I am originally from the Midwest and I worked in Chicago right after undergrad, but I spent the last few years in Boston. I really love the architecture of Chicago – it never ceases to amaze me. Every time I walk outside, especially after TNDC, the architecture looks even better than before. So far Chicago has been a great blast from the past, and I look forward to sharing my love of Chicago with my new classmates.

JC:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

JL:  The people are not as nerdy as I expected. I mean…have you been to TNDC? Or any other social gathering? Students love to let loose and have fun.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

JL: I know everyone who went on a Random Walk had a great time. I had a blast on my Random Walk. The Italy group is a great group of people who I will be friends with at Booth and beyond. From the lost luggage in Florence to staying in the servants’ quarters in Tuscany at the villa - I wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you [RW Italy] for making my first Booth Moment a fantastic one!

Jess Lai (Class of 2019)

Jess Lai (Class of 2019)

JC:  What has been the hardest part of transitioning back to school?

JL: Re-learning how to organize my time. I used to work in finance and my days were organized into specific fragments of time that were centered around the financial markets. At school my days are more fluid, so learning how to schedule and prioritize new things has been a little difficult.

JC:  What has surprised you most about Booth?

JL:   I knew about the "flexible curriculum" and how we can "make our own path" here at Booth, but I didn't realize how that would really translate into having the autonomy to decide what's important to me. There is so much programming going on all the time, but I have the power to decide what I attend and how I make the most of my time here. Everyone is doing something unique, and I think that's great.

JC:  What is your #WhyBooth moment?

JL: Throughout LOR and LEAD I've been able to build on my relationships with my squadmates and through every exercise we've become closer. So by the time we sat down together after only knowing each other for a week to reflect on our first impressions, it felt like we had known each other for forever! Sharing our thoughts about our first impressions of one another showed how far we had come in such little time. We trusted one another to be honest and were also willing to be vulnerable to feedback. It just solidified the idea that while we're here to further our careers, we're also here to find a supportive network, and I know I've found one that I can count on.