Rocio Pillado Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I hold an engineering degree in computer science from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and another from the ENSIMAG in France.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth I worked in a French bank in trading and sales technologies in the US and Asia. Also, I co-founded the website www.club-mba.com.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship and finance.
Activities: I am the co-chair of the International Development Group and the Public Speaking Group. I am also a member of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group and Net Impact.
Career plans: I plan to work in a venture capital firm in Spain.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to attend Booth for the flexible curriculum, faculty, social impact opportunities, labs, and the amazing location.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Passionate, diverse, and unforgettable.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? See the skyline of the city from the Shedd Aquarium, Michigan Avenue Bridge, and Lincoln Park.
Ask me about...: Switching careers at Booth or careers in social impact, impact investment, or entrepreneurship. Also, feel free to ask me about applying to Booth, life in Chicago, and anything else you think of.
Juan Rubio Martinez-Salanova Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended CEU San Pablo University and majored in business and economics.
Prior to Booth: I worked for BBVA, New York office, in the corporate and investment banking division.
Concentrations: Economics, Finance, Managerial and Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the European Business Group, Latin American Business Group, Management Consulting Group, the Milton Friedman Group, and the Rugby Club.
Career plans: I plan to work in management consulting, possibly in the US.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose Booth because of my admiration for its rigorous academic program. I also have admired the University of Chicago's historical importance in two of my favorite disciplines, economics and physics, since early college. The Booth alumni that came across my way in the past few years all shared brilliant academic and professional backgrounds, while being approachable and humble.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, fun, and intense.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The bike ride from downtown to Harper Center is just phenomenal, it makes me want to come down to campus as often as possible! Also, do not miss the Chicago dining scene; fantastic restaurants at affordable prices. Finish off the night with a drink at Chicago's temple of blues: Kingston Mines.
Ask me about...: Being European in the US, restaurants, traveling around Latin America, live music, and rugby.
Sergio Sanchez Pacheco Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain and majored in Ingenieria Tecnica Industrial. I also attended Teesside University in the United Kingdom and majored in chemical engineering.
Prior to Booth: I was an executive manager with Euromaquina SA (Sales & Trading and Engineering) in Madrid.
Concentrations: General Management, International Business, Marketing Management, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the European Business Group, Latin American Business Group, Corporate Management and Strategy Group, Marketing Group, International Development Group, and the Soccer Club.
Career plans: I'd love to pursue an internship in either strategy consulting or in corporate strategy in Europe or Latin America.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? Chicago Booth stood out as the best fit for me for a number of reasons: a flexible curriculum allowing me to build up my classes according to my needs, a best-known faculty, a name for innovation and rigor, and the passion I felt from students, alumni and professors when discussing the experience here. The warm welcome that second years offered me after being admitted and through the following months greatly contributed to confirmed once and again that there was no better place for me. In fact, I kept coming across this sentence about Booth: "the most thriving and enlightening experience of my life!". I'm becoming just as passionate about it as those I talked to and I'm starting to recognize an proud overtone in my voice whenever I say "I'm part of it, part of Booth ... and shall always be from now on".
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Exciting, challenging and catalytic.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? For friends and prospects, a must-do activity is the "shadow activity", to stand in my shoes for one day, to come with me anywhere I go, to listen to whatever I listen to and to see what I see on a daily basis. The Booth experience is so wide and intense that a class visit is just too short to grasp a sense of what Booth is.
Ask me about...: Entrepreneurship; business development; family business; the fashion, manufacturing, or steel processing industries in Europe and Asia; or solar power generation.
Borja Soldevila Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended ESADE Business School and majored in law.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I was a tax associate in one of the biggest Spanish law firms and I was involved in the management of the Family Business Office.
Concentrations: Accounting, Finance, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Investment Management Group, Warren Buffet Group, Family Enterprise Group, Public Speaking Group, and European Business Group.
Career plans: I am recruiting for a position in an investment management firm.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to apply to Booth because of its diverse and warm student community and its academic rigor, with arguably the most flexible curriculum and one of the most reputed faculty. Moreover, the final objective of the MBA experience is to land a job in my desired industry, and Booth's career services team is second to none.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, fun, and enriching.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Explore Lincoln Park's unique restaurants, shopping in the trendiest boutiques in Wicker Park and enjoy River North nightlife!
Ask me about...: The application process, switching careers, moving to the US from Europe, the student groups, or Booth's flexible curriculum.