Transforming the Norm
Eunhee Sumner, '98
I was destined to obtain a graduate degree. My father immigrated to the US after the Korean War and subsequently spent 40+ years as a professor. The importance of higher education was ingrained in me. I sought out a rigorous and challenging program that would best complement my liberal arts education; this led me to Booth.
In the late 90s, Booth was undergoing a transformation in the student body, branding, and even the building. Our class was able to benefit from the precedent the class before us set to “work hard, play hard.” We mirrored and improved upon that. Socially, we had great fun at TNDC and I ran Brats ‘N Brew on Fridays where we brought microbrews to campus and invited the professors to our events!
While these events were great, I do think the smaller, more intimate study groups were where our class ended up having deeper conversations where we learned about our professors and fellow classmates’ backgrounds - what drove them to attend Booth, how their different perspectives could enrich others, what were their thoughts on the latest case study. I think that was really positive and was the building block of relationships that have remained strong for 20 years.
I love Chicago and am excited to return; I think it’s an extremely vibrant city full of culture, music, and food. I know Reconnect will be an amazing event. Booth has stepped up with the orchestration of Reconnect events and has made impressive investments in the school and community.
Most importantly, I’m looking forward to returning to Chicago for the people – sharing stories about the good ole’ times and learning about everyone’s families, adventures, and accomplishments since we last got together.
Bottom line - it will just be downright fun. See you there!
Eunhee Sumner is vice president, Marketing Operations at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle and is co-chair of the Class of 1998 reunion committee.