Harrison Chan Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and majored in electrical engineering and economics.
Prior to Booth: I worked in strategy consulting and engineering consulting in the energy industry.
Concentrations: Analytic finance, economics, international business, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, the Energy Group and DSAC.
Career plans: I am going to recruit for investment banking for this summer but would like to remain connected with the energy industry.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? The decision to apply and attend Booth was very simple and straightforward to me. I started my first full time job in Chicago, and I had a great experience exploring this great city before moving to Boston. Coming with a very quantitative background, I knew I would fit into Booth's rigorous quantitative culture, and I also can focus my time more on developing my soft skills. In addition, Booth's flexible curriculum was a big selling point for me, a career switcher. Finally, I am a big fan of economics, and the idea that I will be able to take a few classes from some of the most well known Chicago School economists was a good reason for me to attend Booth.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Irreplaceable, stimulating, and intense.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A trip to the North Pond at Lincoln Park and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
Ask me about...: Energy industry, management consulting, and why living in the South Loop is awesome.
Sam Chen Class of 2013
Undergraduate School/Major: I completed my degree at NCCU and majored in computer science.
Prior to Booth: Before Chicago Booth, I spent seven years in high tech.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Private Equity Group, Corporate Finance Group and the High-Tech Group.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth for the Booth community, the strong alumni network in Asia and to obtain a solid business education.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? At Booth, I have loved the LEAD Program, going on a Random Walk trip and LPF on Fridays.
Ask me about...: My career plan and life at Booth.
Sam Kwei Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and majored in electrical engineering and computer science.
Prior to Booth: I have worked as a software engineer and systems engineer at large corporations, such as Google, and most recently at a startup that was acquired by Symantec. Although my initial career started in the United States, I have worked in business development in various Asia Pacific countries including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and Japan.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing management and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Booth Technology Group, Marketing Group and Asia Pacific Group.
Career plans: I founded a startup with a current fellow classmate at Chicago Booth. We are planning to work on our startup over the summer and apply for various angel funds. For my longer-term plan, I plan to join other startups or international tech corporations in the functions of international business development.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Booth is known to be a very entrepreneurial MBA program. It provides tremendous resources for aspiring entrepreneurs such as myself. Just by looking at the resources of the Polsky Center including all the in-house executive advisors, war rooms, and various tips given by previous Booth entrepreneurs, I knew that I chose the right MBA program to join.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Eye-opening, hopeful, and goal-oriented.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A "must-do" activity in Chicago for all first-timers is the Chicago Trolley tour. This tour will not only take you to all of the important historical sites and landmarks but also show you the surrounding unique neighborhoods including Chinatown, Greek Town, etc. All first-years will feel right at home after a few explorations; additionally the pass is usable up to 3 days!
Ask me about...: All the resources that Booth has to offer to aspiring entrepreneurs and about different Booth strengths such as marketing.
Johnny Pi Class of 2014
Undergraduate School/Major: I completed my degree at National Chengchi University and double majored in statistics and risk management and insurance.
Prior to Booth: I worked as a consultant for IBM's Strategy and Transformation Practice.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, general management, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, and Booth Basketball Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for management consulting.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I believe Booth will serve as the ideal springboard to attain my future goals. Booth's balanced curriculum will sharpen my core business competence and broaden my skills in various academic subjects. I particularly like Booth's flexible and diverse academic opportunities, with only one mandatory class, and other experimental learning, such as lab courses, competitions and the LEAD program.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Multidimensional, introspective, and exciting.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Attending to a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert is on the top of my list of "must-do" activities in Chicago. You can enjoy world-class performance in an extremely beautiful concert hall, Grainger Ballroom.
Ask me about...: Recruiting for consulting, the Booth application process, and academic planning for concentrations in strategic management, general management, or entrepreneurship.