Ruchir Agarwal Class of 2014
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended the Delhi College of Engineering and majored in civil engineering.
Prior to Booth: I did engineering consulting in private real estate development and infrastructure industry.
Concentrations: Accounting, finance, and general management.
Activities: I am a member of the Investment Banking Group, South Asian Business Group and Booth Tech Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment banking.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I applied to Booth because of its flexible curriculum, which would let me focus on my interests early on - an important consideration for a career changer like me. I came for the campus visit and admired the preparedness and the organized approach of the school which helped me get the most out of my time here. And finally, the interactions that I had with the current student community and the alumni - they were willing to help me with my decision making process objectively and offer guidance for my future career plans even before I accepted my offer.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Inspirational, transformative, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Have coffee with someone special at John Hancock Observatory, explore all the delicious eating options in Devon Avenue, and catch the free concerts and dance evenings in Millennium Park.
Ask me about...: Switching careers, starting business school with a spouse, living in the US, visa questions, or any other question related to social life in big US cities.
Sid Dhapola Class of 2014
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended University of Pune and majored in engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked for HSBC, India in a tech role, for Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore as a business analyst and for TeamTrade Consulting Group, New York as a consultant.
Concentrations: Finance, general management, marketing management, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Corporate Management & Strategy Group, Booth Tech Club, Business Solutions Group, Leadership & Influence Group, and the Booth Soccer Club.
Career Plans: I am for management consulting.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? There were a plethora of reasons why I chose Booth, chief among them the inherent flexibility that it offers. I know exactly what I want out of my MBA, and Booth provides me with the opportunity to tailor my MBA according to my needs. Initially, I was torn between a few schools, but after attending Admit Weekend, I was convinced that this was the right school for me. Also, Chicago is an amazing city with so much to do. I must also mention the strong reputation that the career services team boasts! Being in an environment where one's limitations are constantly challenged is conducive to one's overall development. Lastly, the "challenge everything" approach makes classes a lot of fun and meeting such an unbelievable bunch of talented (and helpful) peers, both first years and second years, has convinced me that I made the right decision.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Engaging, evolving and humbling.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Pumpkin picking in Cider Hills - a very midwestern thing to do!
Ask me about...: Leveraging past international experiences to demonstrate credibility for switching careers from tech to consulting.
Vineet Gupta Class of 2013
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended Indian Institute of Technology Madras and majored in engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked in high tech - research, design, and development.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, operations management, and strategic management.
Activities: I am a member of the Management Consulting, Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, Private Equity, Energy, High Tech, South Asia Business and Business Solutions Groups.
Career Plans: I am recruiting for consulting or corporate roles.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth for three main reasons. First, it's the flexible curriculum at Booth. Having gone through some of the basic courses in finance, operations and economics prior to Booth, I did not want to take the basic classes in these areas that I would need at most other schools. Booth gave me the flexibility to pick and take advanced classes in these areas straight away and that has significantly helped me build on my previous knowledge and helped me explore new areas I had no exposure to before coming to Booth. Second, it's the people you meet at Booth. I met a number of Booth graduates in my firm and when I visited the campus. I was really impressed by their intellectual curiosity and friendliness. After one year at Booth, I can confidently say that my impression has not changed at all. Finally, the Career Services team at Booth. I wanted to switch careers from R&D to Business Development. As a career switcher, the guidance and support I got from the career services team at Booth was extremely important for me to best prepare myself for the new roles. After one year at Booth I can confidently say that Booth's career service team's reputation as the best among top business schools is not exaggerated at all.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Incredible, stellar, and life-changing.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Walking the streets of downtown Chicago is the best way to explore the art, culture, and people of the city.
Ask me about...: Switching careers, why I chose Booth for my MBA, and my favorite Booth experience.
Japjit Singh Class of 2014
Undergraduate School/Major: I have a bachelor's of engineering information technology from Army Institute of Technology Pune University.
Prior to Booth: I worked in the software development arm of Infosys in Bangalore and Houston. Later on I moved to a technology start-up based out of Houston.
Concentrations: Economics, entrepreneurship, finance, operations management and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, the High Tech Group, the Energy Group, and the South Asian Business Group.
Career Plans: I will be recruiting for consulting and working on developing my own idea for a startup over the summer.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because of the strong reputation of the school and faculty, the excellent entrepreneurship program; specifically avenues like the New Venture Challenge, Hyde Park Angels, the flexible curriculum.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Stimulating, exciting, and eye-opening.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity activity in Chicago? It is a paradise for an outdoor person. I would definitely recommend taking a sailing class on Lake Michigan and kayaking on the river and cycling on the lakefront. Chicago also has some amazing clubs and pubs.
Ask me about...: Why I chose Booth, life as a first year, the entrepreneurship programs at Booth, and how to brave the cold in Chicago.