Sandra Oberhollenzer Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: The University of Queensland, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Australia) / SUPAERO/ISAE and The University of Pisa, Master of Science in Space Technology (France & Italy)
Previous Industry: Aerospace
Career plans: Consulting
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? Academics, career services, pay-it-forward culture, and reputation
Activities: LEAD Facil, MCG, BSG, IDG, Net Impact, Giving Something Back, Triathlon & Running Club
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Whirlwind, opportunity, network
Ask me about...: Consulting, non-traditional background, Australian at Booth, living in Chicago / New York as a foreigner, IBEP exchange program, and any clubs I listed!
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? Sunshine Coast, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa
Undergraduate school/major: I graduated from the University of Sydney, and majored in Finance and Economics.
Previous Industry: Prior to Booth, I worked in investment banking -- first, in the industrials sector coverage team working on M&A transactions, and then in equity capital markets working on IPOs and capital raisings.
Career plans: I am recruiting for management consulting.
Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? A mix of great things! The passionate and curious students, the rigorous academic program delivered by Booth's impressive faculty, and the boundless opportunities to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone.
Activities: At Booth, I am a member of Chicago Women in Business, Management Consulting Group, Net Impact, and the Dean's Student Admissions Committee. Outside of school, I love running along the lakefront, and exploring different restaurants and bars in the city.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Engaging, transformative, fun.
Ask me about...: Moving to a new country, the business school application process, the student experience at Booth, investment banking... Really, anything!
What city/country will you be in during the winter break? Sydney, Australia.
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!