Full-Time MBA


Kingston Wong Class of 2014


Kingston WongUndergraduate school/major: I attended Wesleyan University, majoring in economics and music.

Prior to Booth: I worked for six years at CIFC Asset Management in New York with roles that spanned credit analysis, market research, and business development.

Concentrations: Economics, finance, and strategic management.

Activities: Member of the Graduate Business Council, Management Consulting Group, Marketing Group, Booth Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (BETA), Adam Smith Society, Leadership and Influence Group, and OUTreach.

Career plans: I am recruiting for corporate strategy and/or corporate development.

Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? Booth is well-recognized around the world as a leader in economics, finance, and data-driven marketing, which are areas I have interest in developing. Having had quite a few years of business experience, I was also attracted to Booth's flexible curriculum, allowing me to take courses that sufficiently challenge me. Besides, Booth is located in the wonderful city of Chicago, which is a big factor in and of itself.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Diverse, intense, and fun.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Second City. Period.

Ask me about...: The intersection of business and government, being an international or an out LGBT student at Booth and in Chicago, and about good eats around Chicago.

Neha Poddar Class of 2015


Undergraduate school/major: I attended the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, majoring in chemical engineering.

Prior to Booth: I worked as a Vice President in Fixed Income Credit Structuring at Nomura Holdings in Mumbai.

Concentrations: Finance, entrepreneurship, and economics.

Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, Private Equity Group, Chicago Women in Business, Chicago Asia Pacific Group, and Dean's Student Admissions Committee.

Career plans: I am recruiting for fixed income roles and private equity.

Why did you choose to apply to and attend Booth? I chose Booth because of its intellectual capital. Booth has the best faculty, especially for finance, and the number of Nobel laureates the university has produced is testimony to this. The intellectual capital extends to its student community as well, who are very curious and engaging. Booth also appealed to me because of its flexible curriculum. I wanted a curriculum that would let me choose the level of difficulty of the courses and directly go for advanced courses if I had previously taken the basic ones.  I also chose Booth because of its cooperative and friendly community. I had experienced this through my interactions with alums before coming to Booth and my views were only reinforced after I landed here. From classmates to alums, from the admissions committee to Career Services, everyone is very helpful and collaborative.

Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Incredible, fun-filled, and transformative.

What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Take a tour of the Art Collection at Harper Center and attend a Food Truck Social.

Ask me about...: Careers in finance, pursuing an MBA with your spouse at Booth, life at Booth, or about transitioning to the US.