Julian Gil Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I obtained my degree from University of California Santa Barbara in linguistics
Prior to Booth: I worked for nearly five years for Kroll in Dubai, London, and Madrid.
Concentrations: Economics and Finance.
Activities: I'm a member of the Emerging Markets Group, Sales and Trading Group, Soccer Club, Dean's Student Admissions Committee, and the Middle East North Africa Club.
Career plans: I will be using the summer internship to do something completely different!
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? As a kid, whenever I had questions about the stock market or the economy, I'd regularly be pointed towards a major paradigm that, as things happen, was developed at the University of Chicago. When all roads point to here, it's got to be for a reason, and I always knew I wanted to come here. What I found upon closer research is that the school has taken its expertise in economics and analytics to carve out its own identity in entrepreneurship and marketing. It's not as common these days to find an institution that is true to its history, so it's a pleasure to be at one.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Intense, fulfilling, and liberating.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Figuring out where scenes of major films were shot - particularly Chicago as Christopher Nolan's Gotham!
Ask me about...: The case for being a student in the city of Chicago as opposed to other major metropolises, especially if you're targeting a career in finance and the resulting financial centers.
Mina Zaki Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I obtained my degree from American University in Cairo in electrical engineering.
Prior to Booth: I worked in the telecommunications industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, European Business Group, and the Volleyball Club.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose Chicago Booth to establish a solid knowledge base in finance.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? The architectural tour on the Chicago River and the Skydeck at the Sears (Willis) Tower.
Ask me about...: The University, the MBA program, what to expect, and how to prepare.