Christian Aparicio Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Universidad del Pacifico and majored in economics.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked in corporate credit banking and private equity.
Activities: Member of the Private Equity, Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition, and Latin American Business Groups, and the Soccer Club.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose Chicago Booth because I was searching for a highly quantitative and rigorous school that would give me a solid theoretical foundation and the well-recognized Booth Career Services team. As an international student with no US experience, this was an important aspect to consider. The flexibility: I wanted to leverage the things I knew from my past working experience or undergraduate work to accelerate the pace of my learning. I have been able to move past all the basic courses regarding economics, investments, accounting, and statistics, and during my first quarter I am already learning new subjects and increasing my base of knowledge. The city of Chicago offers an infinite range of possibilities that only one of the biggest cities in the world can give you. Being in one of the most important financial and commercial cities in the world, you are exposed to unique recruiting opportunities. Moreover, in terms of having fun activities, the city offers museums, concerts, sports, and more.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago?
I have so many! The boat tour through the river passes by the most interesting buildings of Chicago and in front of Navy Pier (with an impressive view of the city's lakeshore); the bar at the top of the Hancock Center (amazing view of the whole city), and the Skydeck at the top of the Willis Tower; a walk during summer/spring along the lakeshore or through Millennium Park with the amazing sculptures, such as the gigantic "Bean"; the Shedd Aquarium; a baseball, football, or basketball match in one of the amazing stadiums.
Ask me about...: My experience as a Peruvian at Booth (what challenges I have faced so far that I have not anticipated, how I am dealing with it, and what I may recommend for those experiences). My experience as a couple at Booth (my wife and I are students here at Booth and there are particular challenges and advantages to this).
Norma Melgarejo Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and majored in industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked in the Corporate Banking Division of Banco de Credito BCP, first in commercial banking and after in credit risk.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of Management Consulting Group, Marketing Club, Corporate Finance Club, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, FEAD, Chicago Women in Business, AudioBooth, Volleyball Club, and the Latin America Business Group.
Career plans: Recruiting for corporate roles: corporate finance or strategy/consulting.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because I wanted to expand my knowledge of finance and Booth has the best tools to do it. Here, the quality of the faculty is unique and you learn from the best theorists and practitioners of economics, finance, and business. Moreover, I am very interested in joining the New Venture Challenge and starting entrepreneurial projects. I attended the NVC finals last year and I was amazed not only by the preparation of the groups competing and the quality of projects presented, but also by the interaction with venture capitalists who were part of the jury and the feedback received from them. It was there that I realized Booth is a place with unique opportunities and I really wanted to be part of it. Finally, as a partner of a Booth student, I was familiar with the program and the environment of "challenging everything" that makes classes so much fun. Here I've found people not only really intelligent, but also very fun, humble, and very down-to earth; people willing to help you whenever needed.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, fulfilling, and fellowship.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? In Hyde Park, the neighborhood surrounding Harper Center, visit the quadrangle and the Joseph Regenstein Library (famous for its architecture) located on the U of Chicago campus; visit Hyde Park's best culinary places, such as Medici on 57th Street. In downtown Chicago, everyone must go to the Girl and the Goat, with a very delicious and different menu; to the top floor of Water Tower Place; and to the Signature Room, the best place to have a drink and see Chicago. For the most adventurous, you will love kayaking in the Chicago River.
Ask me about...: Recruiting for corporate roles in the US, Peruvian restaurants in Chicago, and the experience of a partner at Booth.
Natalia San Roman Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I obtained my economics degree from Universidad del Pacifico.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I was a management consultant at APOYO Consultoria and a freelance consultant/project manager/strategic planning manager at Calzado Kone (children's footwear manufacturer/family business).
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, General Management, Marketing Management, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Corporate Management & Strategy Group, Marketing Group, Management Consulting Group, Latin American Business Group, Family Enterprise Club, CWiB, PhotoBooth, Giving Something Back Club, and Retail Apparel & Luxury Group.
Career plans: I will be recruiting for brand management (more related to general management) and consulting (strategy).
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I applied to and decided to attend Booth because it allows students to make their own decisions. It is the most flexible program, which allows us to take electives in the first quarter, meet more people (taking classes with second-years and getting to know first-years in different classes), become more responsible, and get closer to what you really want to know. The Booth community (students, faculty, admissions, Career Services, administration) are very collaborative. During my application process, everyone at Booth was willing to help and wanted to talk to me about the school. Now that I am here, I am still living in that same collaborative, challenging environment. I was on the wait-list; Booth was the only school that encouraged me to keep working in order to show them I was a good candidate for the class of 2014. In addition, Career Services and Academic Services work hard to help us be more prepared for the recruiting process and the two years of study.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Flexibility, professionalism, and collaborative.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? See the skyline (above the lake), and try to find new places to see it from. I am a huge fan of photography, so finding the best landscape picture is a must for me. In Chicago, there is always a new place to take a great picture with an amazing sky over the lake. I live at MPP and have a small view of the lake; seeing it every morning over there is one of the things that makes me smile. One of my favorite pictures is of Lake Titicaca, Puno, Peru. Even though Chicago and Puno are very different, the lake brings those memories to mind. Moreover, you can and must go to the beach (yes, there are beaches in Chicago!) during summer.
Ask me about...: Switching careers from consulting to marketing; any of the student clubs I am enrolled in; the application process; LEAD; moving to Chicago; Peruvian food in Chicago (how not to miss Peruvian food without knowing how to cook it).