Aakash Jain Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Jacobs University in Germany, where I received a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
Concentrations: Accounting and finance.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, the Dean's Student Admissions Committee, Public Speaking and Communications Group, and Booth Technology Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for technology investment banking.
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? My first interaction with Booth was at the information session on the London campus. I was immediately impressed by not only the quality of the presentation, which highlighted the Booth faculty and academics, but the personable nature of the alumni present. This notion was further strengthened as the list of Booth students and alumni among my close friends and associates grew. It was their advice and guidance that convinced me of the strength of the Booth brand, making it my top choice business school.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Intense, thought-provoking, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A long run along the Chicago river and the lakefront.
Ask me about...: Starting business school after several years of work experience, and a spouse who is still weighing the pros and cons of quitting her job and moving to Chicago to join me.
Hugh Gibbons Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Trinity College Dublin, Johannes Kepler University Austria, and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, majoring in law and German.
Prior to Booth: I worked in finance.
Concentrations: Accounting, finance, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, European Business Group, Private Equity Group, Distressed Debt and Credit Group, and Soccer Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment banking.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? The reasons are many: the flexible curriculum, as I have master's in finance already and I wanted to challenge myself with more advanced and interesting courses from the first semester and Booth allowed me the opportunity to do this; the globally recognized brand as a leading school in finance; the enthusiasm and passion of the students for Booth when I visited the school; the support and encouragement by Admissions, alumni, and students throughout my application process; and because Chicago is a great city.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, exhilarating, and educational.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The Chicago marathon is a "must do" activity. Obviously, you have to like running for it to be a "must do" though! The course itself is spectacular; the atmosphere around the city is amazing; and the Sunday night after the race in the city is sensational!
Ask me about...: Being an international student at Booth; living in the US as a European; careers in finance, investment banking, and recruiting; why I choose Chicago Booth; why I love Booth and Chicago; working in Dublin, London, New York, Vienna, and Cajamarca (Peru); the application process; which classes to take; Gaelic Football, Ireland, or Tottenham Hotspurs.
Jennifer Phillips Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I obtained my degree from the University of Bath and majored in business administration.
Concentrations: Strategic management, managerial and organizational behavior, and economics.
Activities: I'm a member of the Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Chicago Women In Business, and Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group.
Career plans: I plan to intern in either a general management or HR role.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because I really liked the culture. It was important to me to find a program that would allow me to challenge myself academically, and I also wanted to be able to connect with others and feel part of the school community.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Energizing, challenging, and exciting.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Try the Lincoln Park area for some great restaurants. I also really enjoyed walking from the Loop up to Lincoln Park and visiting the free Lincoln Park Zoo.
Ask me about...: Moving from the UK to go to business school or about starting business school with a spouse.
Nuwan Samaraweera Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and majored in accounting.
Concentrations: Strategic management, managerial and organizational behavior, and marketing management.
Activities: Member of the Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group, and Net Impact.
Career plans: I am recruiting for corporate strategy, social sector consulting, or education management.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I wanted to change the way I viewed the world. After reading books such as Nudge, Freakonomics, Why Not, and Thinking Fast & Slow (all behavioral economist books), I became fascinated with the type of thinking that used data to challenge the flaws of human intuition. Chicago Booth is the best place in the world to embrace this philosophy. The history of the university, the flexibility of the curriculum, and the reputation of the faculty provided additional reasons to support my decision to attend Booth. Being able to tailor your time at Booth and have the final say in the classes you take is a priceless asset the school has created. Having completed a structured undergraduate degree, Booth has been a liberating change.
Use three words to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Transformational, humbling, and collaborative.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? There is an elevated landing right by the Shedd Aquarium that provides a stunning view of Chicago by day and by night. It is by far the most breathtaking view of the city and provides a wonderful photo opportunity. It truly demonstrates the "City by the Lake" and beautifies Chicago. All of my friends and family refer to that view when they reflect on their time in Chicago. Walking through Grant Park and Millennium Park, north to south is also an excellent experience. It shows off how clean Chicago is and you can share with tourists how historic it is as the site of President Obama's election party in 2008.
Ask me about...: Recruiting for jobs in the US, which I had to navigate as an undergraduate as well, having experienced the H1-B visa process firsthand along with the green card process and know them in detail, about Chicago or Midwest America (I have spent much of the last nine years in Indiana and Chicago) or about Chicago history (I have invested much of my spare time learning about the city through books and volunteer activities).