Undergraduate School/Major: I attended the University of Southern California and majored in computer science and economics.
Prior to Booth: I spent over six years in the US Marine Corps as an infantry officer, but I've also worked as a computer programmer, small business owner, university lecturer, and most recently, a humanitarian aid worker in Thailand/Myanmar.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, General Management and International Business.
Activities: Member of the Armed Forces Group, Chicago Asia Pacific Group, Emerging Markets Group, Management Consulting Group, Middle East/North Africa Group and the International Development Group.
Career plans: I will be recruiting for consulting in Southeast Asia.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I was first attracted by the international programs and presence of Booth. I decided to attend for several reasons: Booth adopted a very veteran-friendly program in the summer of 2012; I had never been to Chicago or the midwest and wanted to experience a change of scenery; and I am interested in concentrating in International Business, and maybe doing the IMBA program.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Diverse, interesting and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? I really enjoyed the Mesopotamian exhibit at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, just a block away from Booth. It's free, and it reminds me of a famous fictitious alum of the University of Chicago, Indiana Jones.
Ask me about...: Applying to Chicago Booth with an unconventional background.
Undergraduate School/Major: I received my degree from the University of Texas at Austin and majored in economics and accounting.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked at Deloitte & Touche on financial audits of clients spanning various industries. I also worked at Motorola Inc. in business development and enterprise risk management and traveled to the company's various global locations including China, UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong amongst others.
Activities: Member of the Dean's Student Admissions Committee (DSAC), the Investment Banking Group, Chicago Women in Business, Chicago Global Citizens and the Energy Group.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? Attending business school was an important decision I took a year ago. I had the opportunity to work at Deloitte and Motorola and really hone my accounting and operational skill set. I had exposure to various transactions that either my clients or the company I was working for had undergone (IPOs, and spin-offs to name a few). I even had the wonderful opportunity to work on some of these transactions from an accounting or operational standpoint, but I really wanted to get exposure to the management rationale and strategy behind these decisions and advise management on whether these decisions would be suitable for their companies. I realized that I would need to build a strong finance skill set as well. This is the reason I came to Booth, a school renowned for its finance curriculum. Additionally, the flexible curriculum was another attractive feature for me. Having worked and lived in Chicago previously, I had the opportunity to interact with students and professors and that made it more clear that Chicago Booth is a place where ideas compete and discussions are valued. And that was really an experience I was looking for.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? You must go for an early morning jog by Lakeshore Drive - it really makes you appreciate a beautiful city. Be sure to visit Gino's East - my favorite Chicago style pizza. Be prepared to have just one meal (i.e. pizza) that day!
Ask me about...: The most authentic Thai restaurants in Chicago, and my first quarter experience at Booth.
Undergraduate School/Major: I received my degree from Chulalongkorn University and majored in engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked in entrepreneurship, patent application, commercial banking, engineering consulting, and R&D.
Activities: Member of the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Group; Chicago Asia Pacific Group, the Management Consulting Group, the Investment Banking Group, Chicago Global Citizens, the Energy Group and the Food, Environment, Agribusiness, and Development Group.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because of the culture of rigorous analysis of data, which then takes it to the next-level thoughts, equipping its students for the future's toughest problems. The program's flexibility is also way more meaningful than I have ever thought - you can accelerate/decelerate and design your own curriculum. The community here is amazing and inclusive.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Architecture boat tour, cool bars in Lincoln Park.
Ask me about...: Booth's resources to help you improve your spoken English.
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended Bogazici University and majored in chemistry.
Prior to Booth: I worked as an account manager at Michelin and as a business development director within our family corporation.
Concentrations: Operations Management and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Business Solutions Group, Management Consulting Group, Risk/Gaming Club and the Epicurean Club.
Career plans: I will be recruiting for consulting.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I thought Booth would be a very good school to balance my abilities and help me acquire hard skills that I found crucial especially for working in dynamic, emerging markets. Its structured approach to education, the flexibility its curriculum provides, along with the incredible academic staff intrigued me very much; not only the fact that the professors are rock stars and Nobel prize winners, but the fact that they approached all concepts in a practical business sense. Also, the school is very diverse. The social, professional and academic environment it provides enables you to be versatile, and strong at all fields. Last but not the least, the students; from the friendly current students trying to chill me out before my interview, to the dynamic classroom discussion I viewed during my campus visit, I felt that there was a true sense of community and involvement.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Diverse, involving and flexible.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A must do is the Architectural Boat Tour! After you have seen the amazing urban scenery, I believe a stroll at a contrasting neighborhood, Bucktown, would be pleasant. Vintage shops and cafes there are amazing. For foodies out there, I really recommend The Girl and the Goat (Contemporary), Le Coloniel (Vietnamese), Untitled (Contemporary American), and Lou Malnati's (Chicago style deep dish pizza), and Aroy Thai (Casual Thai). And if you are into jazz, you must grab a drink at a jazz bar, preferably Andy's.
Ask me about...: Switching careers and recruiting for a job outside the US.