Yuri Hamamura Class of 2016
Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from the University of Tokyo and majored in economics (finance and game theory).
Previous Industry: I spent two years at the Government of Japan overseeing financial markets and acted as a policy planner.
Career plans: I will continue working as a policy planner for the financial industry in Japan and globally.
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? I chose Booth because of high reputation of its courses, enormous resources and opportunities, and the city (you might wonder why - but I love this beautiful city.)
Activities: Member of the International Development Group, Public Speaking and Communication Group,Chicago Women in Business, Japan Club, Chicago Asia Pacific Group, and the Dean's Student Admissions Committee.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspiring, challenging, exciting
Ask me about...: Nontraditional professional background; being a corporate sponsored student; being an international student at Booth, living in Chicago, ...
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? Hawaii
Masanori Kobayashi Class of 2016
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Tokyo and majored in system engineering.
Previous Industry: Transportation and energy
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? I chose Chicago Booth for three reasons; its rigorous quantitative culture, the most flexible culture and Booth's people.
Activities: I am a member of the Japan Club, the Chicago Asia Pacific Group, the Booth Hacks and the Booth Technology Club.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Eye-opening, dynamic and fun.
Ask me about...: Applying to business school with nontraditional work experience, how an MBA from Chicago Booth can help you and the random walk experience.
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? I have not decided yet, but I'm planning to go to South America if time and money permit. Otherwise, I'll stay in Chicago or go back to my home country, Japan.
Taiga Oki Class of 2015
Undergraduate School/Major: I graduated from Keio University and I majored in laws.
Concentrations: Finance and general management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Management Group, Corporate Finance Group, Japan Club, and the Epicurean Club.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth for the flexibility of the curriculum, the world-class faculty, and the friendliness of the students.
Use three adjectives to describe your Chicago Booth experience: Exciting, adventurous, and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Visit buildings in downtown to see the district students tend to live, tour the Art Institute of Chicago, and sit in a class at Booth.
Ask me about...: The random walk experience or about moving to the US from Japan.