Alex Guo Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Sichuan University and obtained a bachelor's of engineering in software engineering.
Prior to Booth: I spent four years as an auditor in Ernst & Young, Chengdu and another year in M&A advisory at Deloitte, Shanghai.
Concentrations: Accounting, analytic finance, economics, entrepreneurship, and finance.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Greater China Group, Basketball Club, and AudioBooth.
Career plans: I'm recruiting for investment banking in New York and Hong Kong.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because I want to further my career in finance, and Booth is the best finance school in the world!
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspiring, intense, and exciting.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The "must visit" place is the MPP building where over 300 Booth students live, and "must do" activity is the "nine-hole" party in MPP.
Ask me about...: Recruiting for a job in East Asia and how to adapt to life in Chicago as an international student.
Yixing (Jared) Li Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and majored in finance.
Concentrations: Strategic management, finance, and managerial and organizational behavior.
Activities: Member of the Greater China Club, Management Consulting Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Net Impact, Public Speaking Group, Volleyball Club, International Development Group, OUTreach, Emerging Markets Group, Epicurean Club, and Christians in Business.
Career plans: My plan after Booth is to work in management consulting in the US or assume a corporate strategy role at a large multinational firm.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because I wanted to be at a school with grounded curriculum, world-class professors, abundant career resources, and strong alumni network. I also wanted an environment where I would be surrounded with the best and brightest and be constantly challenged intellectually, professionally, and socially to become Jared versions 2.0, 3.0, and more. Booth easily satisfied all my criteria; in addition, I realized the unmatched academic rigor and data-driven problem solving approach championed by Booth can best prepare me for a career in management consulting by sharpening my quantitative acumen and shaping my analytic mindset. Last but not least, I simply couldn't say no to Chicago's diverse economy, vibrant culture, beautiful lakefront, Midwest hospitality, and amazing food scene.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, awakening, and transformative.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Playing sand volleyball at North Ave Beach on a sunny summer day.
Ask me about...: Studying, working, and socializing in the US as a foreign national and switching careers to management consulting.
Emma Tan Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Fudan University and majored in management information systems.
Concentrations: Strategic management, finance, and operations.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Booth Tech Group, Greater China Club, and Chicago Asia Pacific Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting and general management.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I always admired the rigorous academic approach of Booth. Before applying to Booth I had the opportunity to get to know a lot of Booth alumni. I found that Booth's collaborative environment could unite these extremely talented students to study and work in a very supportive way, which maximizes the value of our business school experiences. My experience at Booth is very consistent with my impression during application process, and I feel blessed to be here.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Amazing, life-changing, and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Have lunch at one of the food trucks on the UChicago campus, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio, and attend Booth's semiformal party at Navy Pier.
Ask me about...: The differences in the education system China and US, to embrace the changes we experience studying at Booth and how to maximize your time here.
Karen Wu Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended New York University and majored in finance.
Concentrations: Strategic management, finance, and economics.
Activities: Member of the Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Corporate Finance Group, Chicago Women in Business, Greater China Club, Chicago Asia Pacific Group, and the Dean's Student Admissions Committee.
Career plans: I am currently recruiting for a corporate role, most likely in corporate finance, in the consumer goods industry.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I had three main reasons for applying to and attending Booth. First was for its reputable faculty and flexible curriculum. I want to take classes that interest me and develop the areas where I have less experience, which is especially important since I am a career changer. I also love having the opportunity to take classes with the reputable faculty. Secondly, I choose Booth because of the city of Chicago. Spending most of my life in big cities, I wanted to find the perfect balance between a busy city and a comfortable lifestyle. Chicago is not only convenient and beautiful, it’s also a wonderful place to live (its variety of Chinese restaurants is also a plus!). Finally, what compelled me to attend Booth the most was the community. I was impressed by Admit Weekend and the helpful alumni and students.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspirational, rigorous, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The steak restaurants in Chicago are pretty amazing.
Ask me about...: Applying to and attending Booth with a spouse/partner, bringing pets to the US, classes and activities at Booth, my experiences here, the cold, anything else (even if you just want to chat!).