Victor Garrido Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I hold a degree from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico with a major in economics.
Concentrations: Strategic management and entrepreneurship.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Latin American Business Group, Media, Entertainment and Sports Group, Boxing Club, and Epicurean Club.
Career plans: I'm recruiting for management consulting in Latin America.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I had three main reasons for choosing Booth. First, the people I interacted with were amazing. I found a community, of both alumni and students, where people were outgoing, fun, intelligent, and went out of their way to be helpful. Second, since I had a previous background of economics and finance, I was attracted to Booth's flexible curriculum, which allowed me to build a more customized program. Finally, location; not only is the Harper Center an amazing building but Chicago is a diverse and amazing city where I could explore my interests beyond business school.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Transformational, challenging, and exciting.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Satisfy your taco cravings in an authentic taqueria in Pilsen, roam the halls of the Art Institute and discover your new favorite artwork, and attend a beer tasting event to try craft and artisanal beers.
Ask me about...: Applying from a nontraditional background, recruiting for job in Latin America, and Chicago nightlife.
Carmen Smith Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I have a degree from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major in engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked for two years at Endeavor, an organization dedicated to aiding high impact entrepreneurs in developing countries, and for two years at an infrastructure construction company.
Activities: Member of Chicago Women in Business, Latin American Business Group, Investment Management Group, Wine Club, and Leadership and Influence Group.
Career plans: I'm recruiting for investment management.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? First, Chicago Booth's flexibility; the possibility to design a "tailor-made" MBA based on my needs was one of the program's main advantages. This will enable me to focus on specific courses that are highly relevant to my career goals. Secondly, the community; I couldn't wait to learn from the most renowned professors and exchange ideas with my classmates. I had been a close witness of the personal and professional transformation that students undergo and the way the MBA at Chicago Booth unlocks their potential. Experiencing that same growth and evolution is the main reason why I decided to attend Booth and be part of such an outstanding community.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Enriching, life-changing, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Two years ago, I fell in love with the city by doing the Chicago Triathlon, the largest in the world. It is an incredible experience that allows you to get to know the city in a completely different way. The bike ride to Harper Center along the river is definitely a must, as is biking through the university campus - the best way to see it. The culinary life of Chicago is amazing, and Lollapalooza is a must. The standup comedy at Second City is a classic.
Ask me about...: Entrepreneurship in developing countries, post-MBA plans in Mexico, the application process, why Booth should be your first choice, and switching careers.
Luis Nanes Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I have a bachelor of science degree from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major in industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: After finishing undergrad, I worked in equity research and afterward I joined my family business.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, and strategic management.
Activities: Co-chair of the Latin American Business Group (LABG), Family Enterprise Group, and Soccer Club. Member of the BoothTechnology, Wine Club, and Epicurean Club.
Career plans: I spent my summer internship at Google (Mountain View, CA) and I’m going back after Booth.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I applied to and chose to attend Booth due to four reasons: I identified with the unique, down-to-earth, diverse, and engaging culture where ideas compete but people collaborate; I needed the flexible curriculum, which enables me to tailor my experience to my specific needs; I required an approach to learning based on strong analytical thinking and the core of business fundamentals; and I felt attracted to the unique opportunity of living in Chicago, a dynamic and vibrant city offering almost everything you could be looking for.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Eye-opening, self-challenging, and nonstop.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Chicago has a lot of things to offer for every different taste, from eating in 17 different restaurants in one night on a dinner crawl around Wicker Park to enjoying live blues on a Sunday night in Kingston Mines's glowing atmosphere. And if you like to mix sports with fun, don't miss the annual 5k Color Run! A truly unique experience.
Ask me about...: How to make the most from your MBA experience by balancing the academic side, social activities, and all of what Chicago has to offer. Also, ask me about Random Walk, LEAD, and applying from a nontraditional background.
Fernando Ramos Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I have a bachelor's in business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Concentrations: Accounting, finance, and entrepreneurship.
Activities: Member of the Private Equity Group, Investment Banking Group, Latin American Business Group, Net Impact, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, Booth Education Group, and Food, Environment, Agribusiness, and Development (FEAD) Group.
Career plans: My plan is to return to Mexico to continue working in investment management with a focus on solving Mexico's greatest social challenges.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? An MBA at Booth was the best opportunity to solidify my career by building on my existing skills in finance and by expanding my perspective on areas with a high degree of social impact. Booth stood out by having a highly demanding academic program and one of the broadest curriculums. What fully convinced me was getting to know my future classmates at Admit Weekend. Everyone had amazing energy to get involved, and the opportunity to promote their own passions and interests. Moreover, I noticed that everyone really cares and that the atmosphere at Booth is as challenging as it is friendly and social.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Community-oriented, stimulating, and humbling.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Walk the historic streets of Lincoln Park with a Chicago-style hotdog (no ketchup), take a sailboat out to Lake Michigan with your friends and enjoy the view of the skyline with a couple of beers, go to the University of Chicago and randomly enter a lecture that will force you to think.
Ask me about...: What makes Booth's MBA so broad, transformative, and unique, how people with financial backgrounds can leverage Booth to strengthen existing skills and explore new horizons, Random Walks.