Sandra Oberhollenzer Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Queensland and majored in mechanical engineering.
Concentrations: Strategic management, finance, and entrepreneurship.
Activities: Member of the Business Solutions Group, Giving Something Back, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Chicago Women In Business, and the Triathlon and Running Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because of its strong reputation, especially in the US, where I want to work, because of its focus on academics, and because of the supportive Career Services.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, challenging, and impressive.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Get free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago with your U of C ID card (an amazing museum), check out the amazing views from the apartments of your classmates, or get a view yourself with the great Chicago apartment options.
Ask me about...: Looking for a job as an Australian in the US, switching from a nontraditional career, or moving to Chicago.
Candice Neville Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended University of Technology Sydney and majored in economics.
Prior to Booth: I worked in real estate acquisitions.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Management Group, Investment Banking Group, Real Estate Group, Private Equity Group, and Chicago Women in Business.
Career plans: I'm recruiting for investment management.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth because of the quality of its faculty, particularly in the areas of finance and economics, and the academic rigor of the program. I also have come to appreciate the benefits of such a flexible curriculum.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, challenging, and engaging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Heading for a night out to Blue Chicago to really appreciate the history of the blues here, and have dinner at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab restaurants - you will never want to eat anything but keylime pie again!
Ask me about...: Seeking a job within the US after school.
Matthew Thorne Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Queensland and studied law and finance.
Concentrations: Analytic finance, entrepreneurship, economics, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Management Group; analyst for the Student Managed Investment Fund; Hedge Fund Group; CReDIT Group; Warren Buffet Group; Risk and Gaming Group; Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group; Epicurean Club; Soccer Club; Rugby Club; and Basketball Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for the investment management/hedge fund field, while also looking into sports analytics.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because I was attracted to the school's approach to challenging ideas and developing rigorous support for such challenges. I was excited by the broad, flexible curriculum and the faculty present at Booth to teach classes and learn from beyond the classroom. I was intrigued by what I could learn from my fellow classmates. The decision to attend Booth was ultimately very easy.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, collaborative, and remarkable.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? For me, must-do activities in Chicago all relate to getting an authentic feel of the city through sports, culture, and food. Experiencing the atmosphere around Wrigelyville and an afternoon ballgame in the sun with a "Chicago dog" at Wrigley Field, a chilly evening at Soldier Field cheering on the Bears, or discovering the wide array of local food from barbecued game meats with a group of people (lamb, pig, or even alligator!) at Frontier to local farm-produced menus at a suburban cafe in Rogers Park.
Ask me about...: Booth and Chicago from an international student's perspective, my background in investment banking and switching careers toward investment management, and where to find authentic Australian products in the US!