Mantana Lertchaitawee Class of 2015
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Thammasat University and majored in monetary economics.
Concentrations: Strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Chicago Women in Business, Chicago Asia Pacific Club, PhotoBooth and the Boxing Club.
Career plans: I will be recruiting for consulting (strategy/management) and start-ups.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? Booth offers rigorous academic opportunities and world-class career services that transform and reinforce students to reach new potential frontier as well as to find best fit career. The school emphasizes offering students lifelong frameworks to think critically and systematically. The unique personality of Booth students that maintains an eagerness to learn all the time and puts a priority on integrity is also a great reason why I chose Booth.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Rigorous, eye-opening, and challenging.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Kayak along the Chicago River and watch a water show in the summer.
Ask me about...: Recruiting outside the US (Asia), switching careers from non-business to business and coming to business school without an international background.
Sevgi Yumlu Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Bogazici University and majored in chemistry.
Prior to Booth: I worked as an account manager at Michelin and as a business development director within our family corporation.
Concentrations: Operations management and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Business Solutions Group, Strategy Gaming Club, and Epicurean Club.
Career plans: I will be going back to our family business.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I thought Booth would be a very good school to balance my abilities and help me acquire hard skills that I found crucial especially for working in dynamic, emerging markets. Its structured approach to education, the flexibility its curriculum provides, along with the incredible academic staff intrigued me very much; not only the fact that the professors are rock stars and Nobel prize winners, but the fact that they approached all concepts in a practical business sense. Also, the school is very diverse. The social, professional, and academic environment it provides enables you to be versatile, and strong at all fields. Last but not the least, the students; from the friendly current students trying to chill me out before my interview, to the dynamic classroom discussion I viewed during my campus visit, I felt that there was a true sense of community and involvement.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Diverse, involving, and flexible.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? A must do is the Architectural Boat Tour! After you have seen the amazing urban scenery, I believe a stroll at a contrasting neighborhood, Bucktown, would be pleasant. Vintage shops and cafes there are amazing. For foodies out there, I really recommend The Girl and the Goat (Contemporary), Le Coloniel (Vietnamese), Untitled (Contemporary American), and Lou Malnati's (Chicago-style deep dish pizza), and Aroy Thai (Casual Thai). And if you are into jazz, you must grab a drink at a jazz bar, preferably Andy's.
Ask me about...: Switching careers and recruiting for a job outside the US.