Wei Hao Cho Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I received my degree from Nanyang Technological University and majored in business.
Prior to Booth: I worked at Credit Suisse (Singapore) in Private Wealth Management as assistant relationship manager and for the military (Singapore) as an Air Force pilot and the Army as an infantry officer.
Concentrations: Analytic Finance, economics, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Chicago Asia Pacific Group, Armed Forces Group, Net Impact and the Soccer Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting or finance.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Ever since I attended the information session where I met the admissions team and Booth students and alum, I knew that Booth was my first choice. When I came to Booth for Admit Weekend, I was blown away by how well everything was organized and how genuine and fun Boothies were. The experience so far has been truly amazing.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Amazing, amazing and amazing!
Ask me about...: Playing sports in Chicago (and anything else you can't/don't want to ask the admissions team!).
Tiffany Choong Class of 2014
Undergraduate School/Major: I received a degree in economics from the University of Chicago.
Prior to Booth: I worked in investment banking, Debt Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan in New York. I was involved in all aspects of high grade debt issuance and liability management across several different sectors in North America.
Concentrations: Analytic finance and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Graduate Business Council, Investment Management Club, Hedge Fund Group, Credit Restructuring Distressed Investing and Turnaround Group, Chicago Asia Pacific Group and Belgian Business Students Association.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment management, planning to return to Asia.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I came to the University of Chicago for college and really enjoyed the culture of academic rigor and open debate. The quality of the faculty is phenomenal both in Booth and the wider University and I wanted to continue learning with this faculty (which is especially strong in finance). The flexibility of Booth's curriculum was also a huge plus as I have varied interests and want to gain a broad education. Career Services is one of the best on the Street; and they are serious about plugging us in into a very strong network. Last but not least, the city of Chicago is vibrant, welcoming and extremely livable; it gives you lots of opportunities to explore and bond with your new classmates and gives you a fuller two-year experience.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Experience-broadening exciting and thought-provoking.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Night time walk along the lake from Hyde Park to Michigan Ave (takes 3 hours at a leisurely pace), a ride on Navy Pier's ferris wheel in the Summer, Lincoln Park Zoo (free and beautiful open concept!), Garfield Conservatory (stunning collection of botany), exploring various neighborhoods like Belmont and Wicker Park, three MUST-SEE paintings at the Art Institute: "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper, "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Seurat and "Picture of Dorian Gray" by Ivan Albright - finally someone puts imagination on paper! For the more active people, consider kayaking on the Chicago River - lots of fun in Spring!
Ask me about...: Living in Singapore, a career in investment banking and working in J.P. Morgan, recruiting in the U.S. as an international, switching careers from sell side to buy side.
Samuel Lim Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I received a degree from National University of Singapore and majored in law.
Prior to Booth: Before coming to Booth, I was on a general management rotational program with Far East Organization, the largest private property development company in Singapore. My prior background was in law, with three years of legal practice in commercial litigation and capital markets. Building upon my background in law, which had given me problem-solving and communicative skills, I decided to pursue an MBA at Chicago Booth to complete my transition from law to general management in the real estate industry.
Concentrations: General management and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Real Estate Club, Asia Pacific Club, Epicurean Club, Audio Booth and Giving Something Back.
Career plans: After graduation, I plan to return to Far East Organization in Singapore to continue on a career path in general management in the real estate industry. Over the summer, I hope to do an internship in a complementary function within the real estate industry, such as in real estate fund management.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Looking to balance out my legal background, I was immediately drawn to Booth for its unique culture of rigorous analysis and discipline-based business education. I was also attracted by the idea of being in the company of world-renowned professors and the brightest students from around the world. Through meeting with current students and alumni in my home country, I obtained a fuller, more attractive, perspective on Booth. I learned that Booth takes pride in its very diverse and engaged community, and in having a collaborative environment in which fellow students help each other to succeed. Last but not least, I chose Booth so I could live in Chicago - and what a great city it truly is!
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, inspiring, and awesome.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Get lost in the Pedway!
Ask me about...: Coming to Booth without a business or finance background or about recruiting for a job in real estate and/or in the Asia Pacific region.
Tariq Waheed Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I attended National University of Singapore and majored in computer engineering.
Prior to Booth: I spent four years in management consulting and technology consulting.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, Investment Management Group, European Business Group, Asia Pacific Group, and South Asia Business Group.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because of its flexible curriculum, strong brand name, and strong alumni network in Singapore.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A "must visit" place would have to be a cruise on Lake Michigan.
Ask me about...: Career switching opportunities to banking or finance for people with non-traditional backgrounds.