Undergraduate School/Major: I graduated from Universidad Javeriana in industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked in corporate finance in CPG, construction, and retail industries in Colombia.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, General Management, and Marketing Management.
Activities: Member of the Latin American Business Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, High Tech Group, and the Soccer Club.
Career plans: I plan to work in general management or finance in a high tech company.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Booth was always my only choice for business school! For me, it is the perfect intersection between finance, entrepreneurship, and analytical thinking. I had big expectations coming to Booth and they have all been surpassed.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Mind-blowing, exhilarating, and eye-opening.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Eating hot dogs at Franks 'n Dawgs!
Ask me about...: Recruiting for high tech with a non-high tech background.
Undergraduate School/Major: I graduated from Universidad de Los Andes in industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked in investment banking.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Business Solution Group, Public Speaking Group, Net Impact, Latin American Business Group, and the Soccer Club.
Career plans: I will be working for McKinsey and Co. in Colombia.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because of two key factors: flexibility and rigorous analytical thinking. The curriculum allows you to create your own business school experience better than any other school's. Analytical thinking gives an awesome framework of how to think and challenge ideas. Additionally, after not being accepted the first time I understood how challenging and exciting the people I would meet in Booth would be, which gave me the strength to re-apply. Each time, Chicago was the only application I submitted because it was definitely my first choice.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The Architecture Boat Tour is my first recommendation to a person that lives in the city and has not done it or to a tourist that has just arrived. It allows you to learn about Chicago's history, get a better idea of the iconic buildings, and get a sense of how freedom of ideas have led to constant innovation in the city.
Ask me about...: How to balance your life between studying, meeting people, exploring Chicago, and social activities.
Undergraduate School/Major: I graduated from Texas Christian University and majored in economics and finance.
Prior to Booth: I worked at Credit Suisse Equity Research (NY), for World Teach as a volunteer teacher in Namibia, and at Araujo Ibarra, an international trade consulting firm in Bogotá, Colombia.
Concentrations: Accounting, Economics, and Finance.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Club, Emerging Markets Club, Latin American Business Group, Chicago Women in Business, Epicurean Club, and the Public Speaking Group.
Career plans: I plan to work in investment banking in New York.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because I valued the opportunity to attend a program where personal trajectory, goals, and interests play an integral role. Talking to students, I realized that the flexibility in the curriculum reflected a much bigger picture - the ability to make this experience my own, take risks, and explore new opportunities. In addition, I knew Booth's academic rigor would provide a stimulating learning environment and help to successfully position me towards my career goals.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Stimulating, challenging, and welcoming.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Taking a non-touristy tour to explore neighborhoods around Chicago. One of my Random Walk friends who is a Chicago local volunteered to give me a tour and it was a great opportunity to walk around many of the neighborhoods that make this city unique.
Ask me about...: Recruiting in the U.S., Random Walk trips, and what makes Booth unique.
Undergraduate School/Major: I graduated from Universidad de Los Andes with a joint degree in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked for two years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company Colombia, Inc. I also worked as a project manager in a non-profit organization in Bogota, Colombia (Fundación Proyectos Tecnovo), which was created to build new businesses with the purpose of employment generation.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of Net Impact, the Marketing Group, and the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Group.
Career plans: I will initially go back to work at McKinsey & Company for a minimum of 2 - 3 years, but I also want to explore venture capital opportunities especially in the nonprofit sector. For my summer internship, I am seeking an opportunity in emerging markets as well as marketing in organizations.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Because the leaders that have most inspired me (professionally and personally) in my work environment have been from Booth - having transmitted the Booth experience to me in such a way that I knew I had to come here. I also am aware of the program's strengths and integral approach to leadership.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Fulfilling, integral, and outstanding.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The architectural tour is incredible because it makes you see this city's beauty.
Ask me about...: Long distance relationships, being an international student, and tips to improve your work-life balance.