Son Nguyen Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Trinity University and majored in economics and finance.
Prior to Booth: I worked as an equity analyst in a US-based investment management company.
Concentrations: Analytic finance and managerial and organizational behavior.
Activities: I am a member of the Hedge Fund Group, Student Managed Investment Fund, Epicurean Club, and I am a career advisor.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment management.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth to push myself; I wanted to learn new things (strategy and operations), to study under the best professors (I am taking a PhD-level class with Eugene Fama), to travel to new places (Random Walk!), to meet amazing people (too many to name here), while having the time of my life (I can't praise my Booth experience thus far enough). At the end of the day, I believed I would grow far more during two years here than I would in any other jobs. I have yet to regret my decision.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Rigorous, transformative, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Go for a bike ride or a jog along the lake or visit The Art Institute of Chicago.
Ask me about...: Anything at all!
Khanh Nguyen Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Carleton College and majored in economics and math.
Prior to Booth: I worked for Brattle Group (Economic Consulting) in Washington, DC.
Activities: I am a member of the Energy Group, Investment Management Group, and Hedge Fund Group.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I was drawn to Booth's "Challenge Everything" motto, its flexible curriculum, and its reputation for a strong finance program.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Humbling, exciting, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Attending a few Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz concerts.
Ask me about...: Switching from economics consulting to finance, working and recruiting in the US, general stuff about school and life in Chicago.
Youngrak Kim Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Yonsei University and majored in business administration.
Concentrations: Accounting, finance, and strategic management.
Activities: I am a member of the Investment Banking Group, Investment Management Group, Basketball Club, Christian in Business, Real Estate Group, and Armed Forces Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment banking now and plan to do my summer internship in the same industry. My short-term goal after business school is to work as a M&A banker, and long-term is to establish a private equity specialized in sports industry.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? The most important reason I chose to attend Booth was its people. I met many people who graduated from various business school, but nobody was like the Boothies I met. They are all very humble, supportive, and smart, which made me feel at home whenever I met them. I was convinced that Booth was the best fit for me, as I thought the people represent its culture. Booth's solid reputation for finance and accounting was also attractive to me.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Supportive, challenging, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? You have to visit Kuma's corner and Piece if you want to try world's best hamburger and pizza. Kayaking on the Chicago River might be good workout after having these high calorie foods!
Ask me about...: Recruiting for investment banking, student groups, Random Walks, and how to get an Illinois driver's license as soon as you arrive in Chicago.
Nishant Ranka Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and majored in electrical engineering.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, accounting, and managerial and organizational behavior.
Activities: I am a member of the Booth Technology Group, the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, the Corporate Management and Strategy Group, and the South Asia Business Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting hoping to intern at either at a tech-firm or a large tech-startup in the product management, sales or operations side, or join a leadership development program with a large corporate.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because I wanted to invest my time attending a school that takes academics seriously. I remember reading about David Booth and Eugene Fama while I was applying; it was an 'aha' moment in my school search. The flexible curriculum was also a draw. Apart from allowing me to take courses I want to take, I also saw a lot of value in being part of a class of people who are all doing different courses, and the ability to leverage their experience, as well as teach others. Additionally, I was pleasantly surprised to know how active Booth and Chicago is the tech and entrepreneurship areas. I was clear that I want to work in these sectors (going back to my engineering roots) during my MBA and post-MBA, which made Booth a top choice for me. My mentor at A.T. Kearney connected me to his friends from Booth, all of whom had excellent things to say about their experience. Finally, I was quite excited to be in a city where it snows! I am still excited about winters.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspiring, motivating, and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Visit Devon Street and China Town, bike from Hyde Park to the Loop while the sun sets over the lake and the Chicago skyline starts to glow, visit the Water Tower Place mall to see the Chicago skyline in Lego form (The Trump Tower is about eight feet tall!).
Ask me about...: How an MBA from Chicago Booth can help you if you plan to settle in Vietnam, about my time working and backpacking in Vietnam (without being fluent in Vietnamese), or about the consulting industry in Southeast Asia.