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.

What a Difference Six Months Make

By Rafael Tuachi, Class of 2017

Rafael Tuachi, Class of 2017

Rafael Tuachi, Class of 2017

As  a native Chicagoan and role model once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I believe this is especially true for  Boothies. Don’t believe me? Think back to six  months ago. For first years, ,  we were just starting our tenure at this institution, fresh off a job some place amazing, expectant and unsure about our new peers, and as excited as one can be about our new lives. For most of us, this “new life” also came with a new place to live, and for a select few, a very new marital relationship. We didn’t know what the hell we were going to be, and we had no knowledge of what the next few months held in store.

For second years, you were fresh off a temporary job that you may or may not have liked. A select few of you had future plans  set in stone, while others were just starting to explore the future.  And you were now the experts  at Booth. Just six months ago, you changed from looking up to people to being the people others look up to.

Six months time is nothing  compared to a lifetime. Nonetheless, six months ago we were trained on at least six fewer areas of expertise. We knew ourselves and each other far less than we do now, and we had not yet decided some of the  things that will forever impact our lives. We had read a lot less, seen a lot less, and met fewer people.

Over the last six months, TNDC frosty beverages have started to taste  better, student groups have become more active, and classes have become increasingly more entertaining and interesting. Relationships have flourished and strengthened. Things have become much clearer.

The sad part is that all good things must come to an end (for some of us sooner rather than later), which is precisely why the statement is so important. If six months at Booth feel like a week in the professional world, and if we are capable of such powerful change, then we should be careful with how we use every moment .  and we should  heed caution to how we enjoy the moments . Because remember: Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Rafa (’17) needs to start paying closer attention to what events transpire around him, but enjoys all of them nonetheless.