Full-Time MBA


Cesar Fernandez Giove Class of 2015


Cesar FernandezUndergraduate school/major: I attended Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and majored in industrial engineering.

Concentrations: Strategic management, marketing management, and finance.

Activities: Member of the Latin American Business Group, Management Consulting Group, Dean's Student Admissions Committee, Soccer Club, and Ski and Snowboard Club.

Career plans: I aspire to start a career in management consulting.

Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose Chicago Booth because of the people; when visiting Booth I met extremely smart and accomplished people, who were also very approachable and outgoing. I was looking for a school that would challenge me to grow in the context of a collaborative and supportive environment. Given this criteria, I realized that Booth was the best place to be. Now that I am here, I am learning an incredible amount from my classmates and have already made friendships that will last me a lifetime. Also, Chicago is a great city to live in; there are so many different things to experience here!

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, exhilarating, and rewarding.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Listening to a blues concert at Kingston Mines, trying Chicago's craft beers and experiencing Midwestern culture. 

Ask me about...: Transitioning from finance to management consulting, living in downtown Chicago, being an international student at Booth, recruiting for a job in the US and the Booth Soccer Club.

Norma Melgarejo Class of 2014


Norma MalgarejoUndergraduate 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 and finance.

Activities: Co-chair of Volleyball Club and member of Corporate Finance Group, Marketing Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Food, Environment, Agribusiness and Development Group (FEAD), Chicago Women in Business, AudioBooth, and the Latin America Business Group.

Career plans: I’m taking a corporate finance role after graduation. 

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 UChicago 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


Natalia SanRomanUndergraduate 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, marketing management, and strategic management.

Activities: Co-chair for the Family Enterprise Group, PhotoBooth, and Giving Something Back.

Career plans: I am planning a career in consulting.

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 from which to see it. 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).

Arturo Guiterrez Fernandez Class of 2015


Undergraduate school/major: I attended Missouri University of Science and Technology and majored in economics.

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, general management, and strategic management.

Activities: Member of the Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Emerging Markets Group, International Development Group, Latin America Business Group, Hispanic American Business Student Association, and Triathlon and Running Club.

Career plans: I will be recruiting for a summer internship in general management or corporate role.

Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth for several reasons. First and foremost is Booth's flexible curriculum. This has offered me the opportunity to explore new and exciting subjects, which, as a career changer, has helped me immensely to focus on my future industry during my first year. Also, because Booth offers grade nondisclosure, I feel the freedom to take demanding and challenging classes over ones that may be easier or more known to me. Booth truly embraces a collaborative mindset both in its student body and its staff. The career services department is the best in the nation; they are always available to offer any assistance and they truly want you to be not only successful but also happy in your career choice. Lastly, the city of Chicago is a wonderful backdrop for the university. From its exciting nightlife to its delicious culinary options to the kind and helpful residents, Chicago is a metropolis with a small city feel. If you are looking for a real, transformative MBA experience, come to Chicago Booth.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Collaborative, exciting, and rewarding.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? I would highly recommend the newly-opened Peruvian restaurant Tanta. Tanta, owned by the world-renowned Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, is one of the finest authentic Peruvian restaurants in Chicago. We Peruvians are very proud of our gastronomy and having a place like this can help us feel closer to home.

Ask me about...: The application process, changing careers from consulting to general management, moving to Chicago with your significant other, and how to stay fit during business school.