Hassan Ayinde Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I hold a degree from Howard University with a major in electrical engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Chicago Booth, I was in investment banking and worked at JPMorgan in the Financial Institutions Group and Credit Suisse in the Structured Products Group.
Activities: Member of the Energy Group, Emerging Markets Group, Private Equity Group, Management Consulting Group, and Chicago Global Citizens.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I choose Booth for the school's reputation, the quality of its faculty, the flexible curriculum, great recruiting and networking opportunities, and the city of Chicago.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The Apollo Theater, the Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, and Chicago Bulls basketball.
Ask me about...: Living as a newbie in Chicago, life as an international student at Booth, and conducting recruiting as a semi-career switcher.
Oye Coker-Dickens Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Ibadan and majored in geography.
Prior to Booth: I worked for three years as a management consultant in KPMG's financial services practice.
Concentrations: Accounting, Finance, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Business Solutions Group, Chicago Africa Business Group, and Hi-Tech Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for strategy consulting/corporate finance in a tech company.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I applied to and chose Booth because I valued the academic rigor that is a trademark of the Booth experience. Beyond the highly valuable networks I will build with my classmates, alumni, and other members of the Booth community, I wanted a very strong learning experience. With the excellent learning opportunities from world renowned faculty as well as accomplished classmates, Booth was a very strong contender. The warmness of the Booth community was, however, the deciding factor. From admissions committee members to current students I reached out to before, during, and after the application process, there was always a genuine interest and a strong willingness to help and offer advice. This feature made Chicago Booth unique among other schools I was admitted to.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspirational, transformational, and inspiring.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Improv comedy shows are hilarious and an absolute "must do" activity in Chicago. I have attended shows at both the Second City and Improv Olympics. I wholeheartedly recommend these breathtaking displays of talent to anyone seeking a fun and memorable Chicago evening!
Ask me about...: Crop circles and the unique nature of recruiting in the United States, and successfully navigating the cultural and social differences you will experience as a first time visitor/international student in the US.
Edi Ekhomu Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Illinois State University and majored in marketing.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Chicago Booth, I worked in brand management in an advertising agency, did card and product development within a commercial bank, and did marketing strategy for a security firm, all in Nigeria.
Activities: Member of Chicago Global Citizens, the African American MBA Association, the Epicurean Club, the Management Consulting Group, and the Chicago Africa Business Group.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I was very drawn to Booth because I wanted to strengthen my analytic foundation. I believed in the "question everything" values that Booth stands for. It was also an aspiration from my childhood to get into Booth.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? I love the Magnificent Mile especially around Christmas time; it is a "must visit" for anyone who comes during the season. During the summer, I recommend the botanical gardens, seasonal beer gardens, the museums, Navy Pier, John Hancock Observatory, the summer dance fest, and other seasonal festivals. There are also great boat tours and architectural tours; it really depends on the season and what the visitor enjoys, but there is truly something for everyone.
Ask me about...: LEAD; I will tell you that it is the most thorough leadership training and feedback you will get. I was never a fan of feedback but LEAD taught me to truly internalize feedback and appreciate it. LEAD is one of the best times you will have with your classmates at Booth; it is a low risk and high energy environment, where you get to bond with a great deal of your classmates. I could not have thought of a better opening act for Booth.
Tolu Oyekan Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Howard University and majored in mechanical engineering.
Prior to Booth: I was an engineer in US and Japan and led teams that developed and transferred enabling technologies from research and development to worldwide manufacturing sites.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of Management Consulting Group, Energy Group, Chicago Africa Business Group, and the African American MBA Group.
Career plans: I plan to do an internship in West Africa.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because in addition to a rigorous curriculum, it provided unmatched opportunity to network with other students. As Booth students are not limited to taking classes with one group, they are exposed to a broader mix of students, creating an opportunity to build larger networks than at other programs.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Rigorous, stimulating, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Eat Nigerian food at Mama Osas, run the Lakefront Trail, see Chicago from the top of the Willis Tower at night, and visit the University of Chicago Harper Center, the Oriental Institute (free museum), and Rockefeller Chapel.
Ask me about...: Foodies should ask me about the best places to get good food; the differences between education in the US and outside the US; the best places to run; transitioning from being an engineer to attending business school; returning to school after working for an extended period of time; living in Hyde Park.