Back to Real Life – How to Become an ex-Boothie

By Giuliana Reis,    Class of 2016

By Giuliana Reis,    Class of 2016

Some people live the MBA as if it would last forever, but we know that’s not true. In any case, I was shocked when I got the “ReOrientation” email, telling me that Booth would help me transition back to “real life” (as if partying five days a week is not real life).

ReOrientation is not as fun as Orientation. We don’t take trips to Lake Geneva or have frosty beverages with complete strangers in costumes. The discussions cover topics such as “how to donate money to the school” (oh yeah, tell me you didn’t see that one coming), and “optimal loan repayment strategy” – so yes, my trip to Japan was not free after all.

First years, beware: you’ll see a load of posts during the spring with name tents saying “last class ever” (really, who’s in for a PhD? You guys must be crazy), pictures with family, runs near the lake, “springtime is here” and all the like. Don’t say anything about Lollapalooza in August, because second-years will be very, very mad.

So now, I’m struggling to get over the “last firsts”. The last “first round of bidding”. The last “first kiss at TNDC” (I’m kidding – okay, I’m probably not). The last “first day of classes”. The last First Day.

Booth gave me so much. Knowledge, albeit very valuable, was the least important of all. Of course, now I know more about regressions, marketing and finance. The network is amazing – business contacts all around. But most important: Booth gave me friends. I did not, at age 26, think I could become best friends with people whom I’ve met 2 years ago. But I did.

Y’all: enjoy your last quarter. I know you’re excited about the trip to Vegas and Derby, but don’t forget about Battle of the Bands and Spring Fling. Don’t forget about Sunil’s mustache. Don’t forget about us. The Class of 2016 went through a rough patch getting over the class of 2015. We hope your class of 2017 will miss us as much as we missed them.

2015 Japan Spring Break - the trip that was not for free.

2015 Japan Spring Break - the trip that was not for free.

There is a reason for “why you are here and not somewhere else”. It might be because you didn’t want to do your work anymore. Or because you felt that those businessmen/women would not answer your email. Or because you wanted a break. But now is the time to ask: what did you get?

My second-year friends: I know it’s sad, but you’ll always have a home to come back to. First-years, business camp will be over before you know it. You have no idea about how it will feel this time next year. Seize every single TNDC, LPF, NVC, whatever it is. When you’re done with Booth, every acronym will just be boring as hell.

Giuliana Reis is a second-year in denial.