Santi Acosta Lievano discusses his experience at Booth and how the Hispanic American Business Student Association continues to elevate his MBA experience.
- October 06, 2022
- Full-Time MBA Blog
To me, National Hispanic Heritage Month is an intentional way of promoting and celebrating Hispanic culture. As the Hispanic and Latinx community continues to grow in the United States, it’s nice to be able to celebrate and share our culture with people who aren’t as familiar on campus and across the city.What does National Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
My heritage has taught me the importance of being kind and welcoming to others. The intentionality behind supporting other people and making sure they feel welcomed are virtues that I saw a lot of growing up. With that being said, keeping those positive virtues in mind when working in business has allowed me to remain connected to my heritage.What has your heritage taught you? How do you remain connected to your heritage?
HABSA is planning an event for National Hispanic Heritage Month! We plan on renting out a restaurant space to provide attendees with Hispanic food and music as we celebrate with other students within the Booth community. As for celebrating personally, I make an effort to eat Hispanic food or connect with the community here in Chicago every week.
Being in Chicago during this time has been a great experience. From being around tons of people who speak my native language, to always having delicious authentic cuisine options to choose from, Chicago is filled with things to do to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.How are you planning to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month?
"I'd describe my Booth experience thus far as extremely supportive – HABSA has been an incredibly supportive group on campus. From a professional and personal standpoint, you form meaningful relationships with people during your MBA experience."
The HABSA community has always been readily available to support one another. The relationships formed within HABSA are truly authentic and meaningful. Knowing that we are a minority group on campus with members who have likely gone through similar experiences allows us to form tight-knit bonds with one another.
HABSA has everything from social events to helping out with recruiting programs. For instance, when I first moved to Chicago I was in need of somewhere to interview and many HABSA members were kind enough to let me use their living space to interview. The HABSA community also has a WhatsApp chat that constantly promotes community building at Booth even before arriving on campus. We also host a Capstone dinner every year to bring alumni and current students together—this dinner is our signature event of the year.
Overall, my experience within HABSA has been amazing as the organization continues to provide students with a sense of community that you can always rely on at Booth.
HABSA plans a weekend retreat every year to welcome incoming students to Booth. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience as it gave me insight to leadership opportunities available, along with how to navigate academics, recruiting, and my social and personal life while being in a rigorous program. The retreat encompassed a great combination of informative and social events—truly was an awesome way to kick-start my experience at Booth and I met so many wonderful people.
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