Juan Pablo Garavito Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from Universidad de Los Andes with a degree in engineering.
Concentrations: Strategic management, finance, and entrepreneurship.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Investment Banking Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Latin American Business Group, and Soccer Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for management consulting. I will be looking for positions both in Latin American and the US.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I applied and decided to attend Booth because I was sure there was no other school that would give me the skills, experiences, and challenges that would make me a well-rounded individual. I truthfully believe Booth is the perfect place to constantly challenge my comfort zone. I knew no other place would give me a perfect combination between a world famous and rigorous academic approach, cutting-edge business practices, the best of the best classmates, and a wonderful city.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exceptionally fulfilling, extremely constructive, and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? If you get to be in Chicago during the summer I would the open concerts in Millennium Park. It is not only a unique opportunity to enjoy jazz, classic, piano, funk, etc. concerts, but a matchless way to experience the friendly Chicago culture. You will see families organizing picnics, which almost always will include a good selection of wines and spirits, and improvised potlucks. As any big metropolitan city, Chicago has a very diverse population living in very different neighborhoods. The best way to experience this is renting a bike (Divvy bikes could be an option) and riding it around the city. You could start by riding along the lakefront, then visiting the downtown streets, switching to River North, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and get back on the lakefront until you get to Evanston. Chicago has been constantly ranked as one the best cities to enjoy different food. I would recommend trying several ethnic restaurants in Boystown, West Loop, and Wicker Park.
Ask me about...: Recruiting for a job in Latin America and in the US, living with your girlfriend for the first time and where to find the best food and beer in Chicago.
Angela Mendoza Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from Tulane University and Los Andes University and majored in finance.
Concentrations: Strategic management, finance, and entrepreneurship.
Activities: Member of the Family Business Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Latin American Business Group, and Wine Club.
Career plans: I plan to return to consulting as an associate and find entrepreneurship opportunities.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I applied to Booth because I worked with Booth alumni at McKinsey and noticed that they were excellent problem solvers and critical thinkers. When I looked further into the Booth culture, I loved its academic rigor, the flexibility of the curriculum (especially because I was a business major and wanted to be able to take more advanced classes), and the outstanding faculty. Also, I loved that it was in Chicago! I visited Booth and confirmed that I was a perfect fit, enjoyed the class interactions, and had great interactions with the Admissions team.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, inspirational, and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Go underground to "lower Chicago" between Michigan Avenue and Lakeshore Drive and have dinner at Avec on Randolph Street.
Ask me about...: Working at a consulting firm, succession process in a family owned business, looking for a job at a start-up, and the best places to eat Latin food in Chicago.
Cristina Pereira Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from Texas Christian University and majored in economics and finance.
Prior to Booth: I worked at Credit Suisse Equity Research (NY), for World Teach as a volunteer teacher in Namibia, and at Araujo Ibarra, an international trade consulting firm in Bogotá, Colombia.
Concentrations: Accounting, economics, and finance.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Club, Emerging Markets Club, Latin American Business Group, Chicago Women in Business, Epicurean Club, and the Public Speaking Group.
Career plans: I plan to work in investment banking in New York.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because I valued the opportunity to attend a program where personal trajectory, goals, and interests play an integral role. Talking to students, I realized that the flexibility in the curriculum reflected a much bigger picture - the ability to make this experience my own, take risks, and explore new opportunities. In addition, I knew Booth's academic rigor would provide a stimulating learning environment and help to successfully position me toward my career goals.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Stimulating, challenging, and welcoming.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Taking a nontouristy tour to explore neighborhoods around Chicago. One of my Random Walk friends who is a Chicago local volunteered to give me a tour and it was a great opportunity to walk around many of the neighborhoods that make this city unique.
Ask me about...: Recruiting in the US, Random Walk trips, and what makes Booth unique.
Angela Samper Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from Universidad de Los Andes with a joint degree in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked for two years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company Colombia, Inc. I also worked as a project manager in a nonprofit organization in Bogota, Colombia (Fundación Proyectos Tecnovo), which was created to build new businesses with the purpose of employment generation.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, and strategic management.
Activities: Co-chair of Net Impact, member of the Latin American Business Group, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Group, Business Solutions Group, Engagement Manager, and a Career Advisor for those interested in social impact.
Career plans: I am returning to consulting and pursuing social entrepreneurship.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I applied to Booth because one of my most inspiring leaders was a Booth alumnus and he introduced me to the distinctive features of the Booth program. The flexible and versatile program, the quality of the courses and the impressive amount of career support convinced me it was an outstanding place to be. I came here because I knew I was going to be able to explore my interests way beyond the level I was exploring them at the time. I also knew Chicago was an amazing, balanced city to live in that would fulfill my expectations.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspiring, eye-opening, and versatile.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Walk throughout downtown, visit all of the University of Chicago's amazing "Harry Potter-like" facilities, and go have dinner at the Purple Pig.
Ask me about...: Social entrepreneurship, careers in Social Impact, long distance relationships, and improving your work-life balance.