A Network of Amazing Friends
Rahul Sachdev, ’99
I arrived in Chicago as an international student from the UK and landed with nothing but two suitcases in my hand. I’d applied from overseas and had not even been to campus before, so I had little idea what to expect.
I was part of the Rockefeller Cohort—what a great group of friends we had. I'm still actively in touch with a lot of them. What some people call a network I would call friendships. For me, Booth (formerly known as GSB) created a depth of relationships that’s hard to find elsewhere. We've been to each other’s weddings, watched our families grow, and now we’re starting to see some of our kids go to college.
I had a wonderful broad-based academic experience at Booth. Some of my most interesting classes were those from Steven Kaplan, James Schrager, Marvin Zonis, Pradeep Chintagunta and Ann McGill (her first year of teaching Marketing at Booth). I am always pleasantly surprised about how much I truly walked away with that still applies today.
I’ve made a point of coming to my reunion every five years; this year will be my fourth. I always find it's wonderful to go back, see how the school has evolved and see some old friends. You hear first-hand how everybody has grown, and yet remained the same. I really would urge everybody to think hard about coming. It's easy to say, "Hey, I'm busy," but catching up with old friends is what keeps the spirit of Chicago in our lives, and the experiences that we went through together. It's up to us to maintain that connection.
Rahul Sachdev is the cofounder and CEO at Fortella in San Francisco, California.