Michael Gandy Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the Grenoble Institute of Technology and majored in electrical engineering.
Prior to Booth: I was an engineer in telecommunication and energy.
Activities: Member of the Energy, High-Tech, Marketing, Management Consulting, Public Speaking, and French groups.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Simply the best! Quality of the curriculum and faculty, very strong Career Services, and my fit with the Booth culture while meeting alumni.
What do you consider a "must visit" place of "must do" activity in Chicago? For prospective students, Harper Center and University of Chicago new library are a must-visit to realize the quality of the facilities. More broadly, one visiting Chicago for the first time should walk the Magnificent Mile and drink a 312 beer in a bar during a Chicago Bears game.
Ask me about...: Chicago Booth and/or Chicago and I will tell you most of their secrets, but keep in mind that they have both so much to offer in terms of opportunities and diversity that an exhaustive list is hard to make.
Agnes Gebus Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Universite d'Auvergne and majored in wealth management.
Prior to Booth: I worked for eight years in wealth management, as a private banker at Societe Generale for two years, and then as a consultant and head of wealth advisory at Aforge Finance for six years in Paris.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Operations Management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Private Equity Group, Adam Smith Group, Wine Club, Milton Friedman Group, and Chicago Asia Pacific Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for VC, PE, or IB in Singapore.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth for the flexible curriculum, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, and because I loved the students and alumni that I met.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Awesome, intense, and diverse.
What do you consider a "must visit" place of "must do" activity in Chicago? Concerts in the Millennium Park in August, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ask me about...: Recruiting in Hong Kong or Singapore or for VC/PE.
Ruben Kogel Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Ecole Centrale de Paris and majored in engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked for seven years in Silicon Valley in engineering and marketing functions.
Concentrations: Econometrics and Statistics, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing Management.
Activities: Member of the Energy Club, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Group, Management Consulting Group, Net Impact, Technology Club, Photobooth, and I'm on the Gargoyles Cohort Board (historian).
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting and entrepreneurship for my internship and possibly for venture capital in my second year. I'm interested in the fields of renewable energy and social impact.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because its MBA program offered the best combination of rigorous academics, outstanding faculty, outstanding network, and superior recruiting opportunities. As a prospective student, I was especially attracted to the discipline-based and rigorous curriculum. I wanted a program that acknowledged the science foundations of the business disciplines. I felt that Chicago Booth more than any other school embodied this approach. Furthermore, I was extremely impressed by the accessibility, curiosity, and humility of its students and alumni. Finally, a look at the recruiting figures convinced me that the career opportunities would be equal or superior to those of any other program. Taking these factors into account, Chicago Booth was a clear number one for me. And so far, my experience has met or exceeded every bit of my expectations.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspiring, supportive, and demanding.
What do you consider a "must visit" place of "must do" activity in Chicago? The John Hancock Observatory, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ask me about...: Switching careers from engineering to consulting or relocating to the US (including work authorization issues).