Final Quarter Reflections

Chase Gosselin

KV: Fondest Booth memory?

CG: Spending a month traveling with Booth friends after summer internships. I started in Australia to see wildlife, continued through Asia to experience new cultures, and ended in the UK to attend a Manchester United match (one big check mark on my bucket list).

KV: Most surprising to you about your time at Booth?

CG: That Booth offers any sort of programming on Fridays. Surely by now the school knows about TNDC…

KV: Anything you are doing now that you would not have predicted two years ago?

CG: Sleeping in past 10:00am six days a week. The life of a second-year business school student in spring quarter is going to make the real world that much more painful of a reality check.

KV: Advice for current first years or incoming students?

CG: Develop a list of goals that you want to achieve while you are in school and dedicate yourself to them. Put people first, prioritize experiences such as travel, and seek to become a better person outside of school. Business school is full of distractions, so be selective with your time – going to a friend’s birthday party instead of studying the night before a midterm is always the right call.

KV: Anything you wish you would have done differently?

CG: I did a good job of getting to know most of my class, but I regrettably never really prioritized getting to know enough people a year above and below me. In hindsight, I would have enjoyed meeting a lot of those people.

KV: What will you miss most about your time at Booth?  What will you not miss?

CG: I will miss the five day weekends with friends where social events actually count as being productive. I won’t miss the Chicago winters that somehow seem to linger until April.

KV: Anything on your bucket list for the last few weeks of school?

CG: Developing relationships has been the most important aspect of business school. Really, it’s making time for friends before we scatter into the real world.

 

Priyanka Prakash

KV: Fondest Booth memory?

PP: Being a Career Advisor. Being able to influence career decisions and seeing people get their dream offers is extremely gratifying and incredibly motivating.

KV: Most surprising to you about your time at Booth?

PP: How holistic the experience is. It's been a transformational experience from a professional, academic, social and lifestyle perspective.

KV: Anything you are doing now that you would not have predicted two years ago?

PP: Several things! For starters, baking and spin! I recently had the opportunity to speak at the TEDx UChicago conference - that was a huge surprise, totally didn't anticipate it when I started! From a skills standpoint, I'm thinking more cross-functionally now, particularly on economics and marketing versus thinking financially - classes and conversations with classmates has been instrumental in making that happen.

KV: Advice for current first years or incoming students?

PP: Make mistakes. Be unafraid to make them. Your community always, always has your back.

KV: Anything on your bucket list for the last few weeks of school?

PP: Since I'm moving out of Chicago, going to all my favorite West Loop restaurants is on my bucket list!!

 

Anna Chaldysheva

KV: Fondest Booth memory?

AC: I enjoyed both of my spring break trips very much, but who doesn’t like a vacation!

KV: Most surprising to you about your time at Booth?

AC: I was surprised at how much I would be learning every single day for two  years. I was also surprised at how giving and supportive my classmates, as well as professors and staff members, have been with their time.

KV: Anything you are doing now that you would not have predicted two years ago?

AC: I did not realize how transformative the MBA experience would be. Today, not only I know a lot more, I also gained a lot more confidence in my business judgement.

KV: Any advice for first years or incoming students?

AC: Soak it all in for two years: go to a random talk, take a class outside your comfort zone. But make sure to leave a bit of room in your schedule to relax and be spontaneous. When it comes to career and recruiting goals, go after your dream. Don’t doubt yourself. You can do it! The amazing Booth community will provide plenty of support – just ask. On the other hand, if you are unsure of which path to pursue, don’t stress over the choices. Just pick a path. It will be a great learning experience.   

KV: Any regrets?

AC: I wish I took at least one more marketing or soft-skills class, rather than focusing on finance.

Also, I regret getting injured while skiing over the spring break. But if I could go back to spring break, I would go ski anyway!

KV: What will you miss most about your time at Booth?  

AC: I have tremendously enjoyed learning something new every day, but now I feel it is time for me to get out there and do! I will miss the spontaneity of student life, and the awesome people that became my friends.

KV: Anything on your bucket list for the last few weeks of school?

AC: A few friends and I are planning to take half a day and explore the beautiful UChicago campus and take lots of pictures. And then there are Booth things I really want to do once more before the school year ends: one more random talk, one more drink at Ida Noyes, one more Battle of the Bands, and one more TNDC.