Making The Most Of The New Year: Insights From Students

Happy New Year!

It's a New Year. And with that comes a fresh start to setting goals and figuring out how to maximize the next 365 days. One of your goals may be to learn a new leadership skill, better manage your time, or perhaps pursue your MBA.

While adding MBA coursework into an already busy life schedule may seem difficult, at Chicago Booth’s Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs we have over 1400 students who have found ways to make it work. From finding work/life balance, to investing in their health and making time to socialize, let Booth students inspire you to make positive changes in your life.

1. Work/Life Balance.

“One key is to prioritize-I have become much better at prioritizing my time as a part-time student. And that doesn't mean not having any leisure time-I’m very busy, but I still spend plenty of time relaxing, hanging out with friends, and enjoying life. By prioritizing the things you want to do and then planning ahead, you can make sure you get to the things you care about.”

Ian Adams | Evening MBA student

2. Invest in Your Health.

One of the important things that you need when getting an MBA and continuing to work concurrently is that you need an outlet for the balance in your life, so for me that has primarily been training for and competing in triathlon’s. it is such a great opportunity here in Chicago that I can get up and I can train right there along the lake whether I am running or swimming, or cycling and it is such a great start to my day.”

- Brad Hurwitz | Evening MBA

3. Make Time to Socialize.

Make sure you make time for fun. Booth is a lot of fun. It may sound crazy, but after you sit in class from 6 to 9pm with a group of people you go upstairs in the Midway Club and grab a drink. Booth is a very social place- something I wasn’t fully expecting when I came, but it was a pleasant surprise. We’ll grab dinners together at cultural restaurants, well go out to summer festivals, or we’ll just celebrate someone who had a child recently. It’s a great place to meet people and have fun, too.”

- Liz Tillati | Weekend MBA

4. Invest in Yourself.

”My decision to get an MBA had to do with really thinking about the future. I always try to think one, two, three years ahead. I think long term and getting an MBA made sense for what I want to do. Where I work now and where I see myself in the future is related to finance banking, but also management. I want to lead people and when I thought about my future and what I needed to do to get to the next step an MBA made sense” - Jon Park | Weekend MBA

5. Set Goals While the New Year is Fresh.

Did you know on average the length of time when someone first begins to consider an MBA to the time they apply is about 2 years? The typical Booth Evening or Weekend student completes their MBA in 2-2.5 years. By the time you decide to pursue an MBA you could actually be finished. So what are the steps? First we’d encourage you to attend an information session in Chicago, or if you live outside of Chicago, we encourage you to attend one of our many dinners in a city near you. Second, visit a class and see Booth firsthand. Third, study for and take the GMAT. Step four, start your application for the Evening MBA or Weekend MBA Programs. We look forward to getting to know you in the New Year!