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 for the Army as an infantry officer.
Concentrations: Analytic finance, economics, accounting, and entrepreneurship.
Activities: Co-chair of the Chicago Asia Pacific Group, Dean's Marketing Advisory Committee, and the Soccer Club.
Career plans: I will be pursuing investment banking in New York.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because of its strong reputation in finance and its sincere, down-to-earth community. The experience so far has been truly amazing.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Intense, fun, 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: Co-chair of Investment Banking Group (Markets), and a member of many other social groups.
Career plans: I will be working in management consulting in Singapore after graduation.
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 at Booth and the wider university and I wanted to continue learning with this faculty. The flexibility of Booth's curriculum was also a huge plus as I have varied interests and want to gain a broad education. 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: Inspiring, surprising, and life-changing.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A night time walk along the lake from Hyde Park to Michigan Ave (takes three hours at a leisurely pace), a ride on Navy Pier's Ferris wheel in the summer, the Lincoln Park Zoo (free and beautiful open concept!), the 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. For the more active people, consider kayaking on the Chicago River - lots of fun in Spring! Chicago is also a great place for foodies with treasures in every neighborhood.
Ask me about...: Career switching or working in the US versus Asia.
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.
Gary Ng Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I received a degree from Connecticut College and majored in mathematics.
Concentrations: Strategy, marketing, and analytic management.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Club, BoothTech, BoothEd, OUTreach, Armed Forces Group, and the Boxing Club.
Career plans: I'm exploring internship opportunities in management consulting and tech.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I like the idea of charting my own path under Booth's flexible curriculum; its rigorous, data-driven approach also resonates with me. And there's a wealth of resources - from Nobel laureate faculty to top-notch career services. Above all, the school just felt right when I visited - everyone was smart yet down-to-earth and the "pay it forward" culture was palpable between first and second years!
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Eye-opening, stimulating, and humbling.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Catch a Cubs game at Wrigley and then grab a drink in the adjacent Boystown neighborhood.
Ask me about...: Anything about the LGBT community, work visas, and career-switching from finance to consulting.