Julian Gil Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I obtained my degree from University of California Santa Barbara in linguistics
Prior to Booth: I worked for nearly five years for Kroll in Dubai, London, and Madrid (my hometown).
Concentrations: Economics and finance.
Activities: I'm an admissions fellow, and a co-chair of the Middle East and North Africa Club. I'm also actively involved with the Sales and Trading Group, Soccer Club, the Milton Friedman Group, European Business Group, Emerging Markets Group, and Latin American Business Group.
Career plans: I will be joining Citigroup after graduation.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? As a kid, whenever I had questions about the stock market or the economy, I'd regularly be pointed toward a major paradigm that, as things happen, was developed at the University of Chicago. When all roads point here, it has got to be for a reason, and I always knew I wanted to come here. What I found upon closer research is that the school has taken its expertise in economics and analytics to carve out its own identity in entrepreneurship and marketing. It's not as common these days to find an institution that is true to its history, so it's a pleasure to be at one.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Intense, fulfilling, and liberating.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Figuring out where scenes of major films were shot - particularly Chicago as Christopher Nolan's Gotham!
Ask me about...: The case for being a student in the city of Chicago as opposed to other major metropolises, especially if you're targeting a career in finance and the resulting financial centers.
Arin Aghazarian Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the American University of Beirut and majored in finance.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, marketing management, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital club, Corporate Management and Strategy Club, Booth Technology Group, Chicago Women in Business, Middle East and North Africa Club, and Epicurean Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for a general management role/rotational program during the summer.
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? I chose Booth because I met some of the alumni while I was applying, and they went out of their way to make me feel part of the Booth family. I realized that if I joined Chicago Booth, I would have a huge community of people around the world who would be helpful throughout my life. Additionally, the city of Chicago is amazing, and the faculty at Booth are top notch.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, exciting, and fun.
Ask me about...: Switching careers from consulting to corporate roles or working for start-ups.
Ahsan Kirmani Class of 2015
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended Lahore University of Management Sciences and majored in economics.
Concentrations: Strategic management and entrepreneurship.
Activities: I am a member of the Management Consulting Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Booth Technology Club, Epicurean Club, and Giving Something Back.
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting.
Why did you choose to attend Booth? I applied because I felt that at Booth, you can really carve out your own path. The flexible curriculum is truly awesome! You can take the courses you want, and it offers an opportunity to meet and network with second-years. I chose to attend Booth because the staff, the current students, and the alumni all reached out to me after I was accepted and encouraged me to ask questions about Booth and living in Chicago that would make it easier for me to choose the right school. Whether it is professors, students, or alumni, the people at Booth are some of the most helpful I have ever met.
Use three adjectives to describe your Chicago Booth experience: Exhilarating, collaborative, and transformative.
What do you consider a "must visit" place in Chicago? Explore the different neighborhoods of Chicago through food crawls! To name a few, have South Asian food on Devon Street, dumplings in Chinatown, and go to the Ukrainian Village for a lot more than just Ukrainian food.
Ask me about...: Moving to and settling in Chicago from outside the US and how to balance business school with a family.
Vidur Sehgal Class of 2015
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended Yale University and majored in economics.
Concentrations: Strategic management, marketing management, and international business.
Activities: I am a member of the Management Consulting Group, Marketing Club, Epicurean Club, South Asia Business Group, and Middle East and North Africa Business Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for strategy consulting and corporate strategy roles for the upcoming summer.
Why did you choose to attend Booth? I applied to Booth because of the school's analytical focus, flexible curriculum, and location in a vibrant and bustling city. I chose to attend because, above all else, I was impressed by the strong sense of community among Booth students and alumni. Even as a prospective student, I was surprised to find alumni who reached out to me and were willing to help me. Through Admit Weekend, admitted student events in DC, and admissions events in Dubai, I got to witness more of the collaborative and supportive nature of the Booth community, a community that I knew I had to be part of.
Use three adjectives to describe your Chicago Booth experience: Busy, diverse, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place in Chicago? Recently, I went on a Taco Trek to the Maxwell Street Market with the Epicurean Club. I would definitely take visitors to this weekly market. Chicago has a reputation as a foodie's paradise, and the food at this market (homemade tacos and warm churros) is delicious and cheap. The market is also a great place to snag a bargain on everything from spare electronic items (TV remotes, cables, etc.) to ethnic, handmade jewelry. As an international student who has had the opportunity to travel a fair bit, I am amazed by the market's diversity and how it reflects the eclectic Chicago community.
Ask me about...: Booth's amazing academic, extracurricular, and career offerings.