Summer Business Scholars

Hurd

Ed Hurd

Normal, Illinois
  • Education

    Illinois State University

  • Major

    Finance

  • Graduation Year

    2015 (Expected)

  • SBSP Class

    2012

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What made you decide to attend Chicago Booth SBSP?

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One of the major appeals of SBSP was that business and non-business majors attend. I know that some summer business programs do not include business majors. In retrospect, including those with business backgrounds alongside non-business majors allowed for enhanced collaboration. For example, my roommate was an engineering major. I was able to help him with major accounting concepts in our accounting class. Despite having no business background, he was able to quickly understand many of the financial equations we learned in class due to his high-level math proficiency. This sort of collaboration was very constructive, and I appreciate that Booth fostered a multidisciplinary environment.

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What was the best part of your academic experience?

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Working on the marketing management case studies with my group was definitely the most formative academic experience I had at Booth. We tackled real world cases in a way that emulated exactly what we’ll be doing as working professionals in the future.

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What was the best part of the corporate visits?

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Having the opportunity to see Cubs owner Tom Ricketts discuss the business aspect of his beloved baseball franchise was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of SBSP. His combination of passion and business acumen was readily apparent when he spoke to us. Topping it off with a Cubs game was a great way to complete the experience.