Paritosh Kumar Class of 2016
Undergraduate school/major: Symbiosis International University, Business Administration
Previous Industry: Hedge Fund, Consulting and Non-profit
Career plans: A business role in the technology industry or general management
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? The list is endless but Booth was a great fit for me because of the grounded student body, the outstanding culture of teaching and the programming in entrepreneurship. The Polsky center provides so many opportunities that help students leverage our Chicago location to work with start ups, VC firms and PE firms.
Activities: I am part of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Booth Technology Group, BoothEd - the education group and South Asia Business Group (SABG). Just before I wrote this, I was at a lunch organized by SABG with Dean Sunil Kumar where he shared his story about moving from India and engaged in a wide ranging discussion about business schools in general. I am also a Booth representative for the UChicago Graduate Council which is the overall university student government body.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Stimulating, humbling and exciting.
Ask me about...: Applying to business school (you can count on me to be candid), consulting, social impact, living in Chicago, recruiting for technology.
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? USA
Neha Poddar Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, majoring in chemical engineering.
Previous Industry: I worked as a vice president in fixed income structuring at Nomura Holdings in Mumbai.
Career plans: I am recruiting for fixed income roles and private equity.
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? I chose Booth because of its intellectual capital. Booth has the best faculty, especially for finance, and the number of Nobel laureates the university has produced is testimony to this. The intellectual capital extends to its student community as well, who are very curious and engaging. Booth also appealed to me because of its flexible curriculum. I wanted a curriculum that would let me choose the level of difficulty of the courses and directly go for advanced courses if I had previously taken the basic ones. I also chose Booth because of its cooperative and friendly community. I had experienced this through my interactions with alums before coming to Booth and my views were only reinforced after I landed here. From classmates to graduates, from the admissions committee to Career Services, everyone is very helpful and collaborative.
Activities: Co-chair of the Investment Banking Group and the South Asia Business Group.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Incredible, fun-filled, and transformative.
Ask me about...: Careers in finance, life at Booth, pursuing an MBA with your spouse, or about transitioning to the US.
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? Puerto Rico
Rohan Chandrasekhar Class of 2016
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Arizona, where I majored in Mechanical Engineering.
Previous Industry: I worked at Dimensional Fund Advisors in a portfolio management role before coming to Booth.
Career plans: I am recruiting for Investment Banking roles in New York.
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? Three main reasons: the academic experience, the people and the city. I'm interested in economics, finance and policy; for someone with those interests, there's no better place to be. The people here are smart, intellectually curious and grounded. Chicago is a fabulous city - nice architecture, great food and winters you can tell stories about!
Activities: I'm a member of the Investment Banking Group, South Asia Business Group and Booth Soccer Club.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Invigorating, challenging and fun.
Ask me about...: The application process, avoiding FOMO (fear of missing out) in B-school, life in the US/Chicago, careers in finance.
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? I'll be in Chicago, studying for interviews.