Daniel Atri Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I hold a degree from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major in industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I created and operated a retail company during college. I also worked for two years at a start-up developing emission reduction and renewable energy projects. I also worked for three years in management consulting focused on the energy industry.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and General Management.
Activities: Member of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Group, Energy Group, Dean's Student Admissions Committee, Net Impact, Public Speaking Group, Leadership and Influence Group, and the Jewish Business Students Association.
Career plans: Creating a start-up, recruiting for venture capital/start-ups.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? There are a couple of reasons why I applied to Booth: I was impressed by the alumni and students that I met from Booth before and while visiting schools; the flexibility of the study plan; things happening around entrepreneurship and energy; and the classes offered and the professors teaching here. I chose to attend because of the contact I had from Booth's alumni network in my country. Several events where organized and I felt a great interest in me and in my choice of schools. During Admit Weekend, I could feel how thrilled everybody was about being accepted to Booth.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Transformational, challenging, and supportive.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Jazz and blues bars - Rosa's, Kingston Mines, Green Mill, and many more I need to discover.
Ask me about...: Clean tech, renewable energy, or emission industries; about getting married, moving to a new country, and staring school with a spouse; about the difference between being in the operations and the consulting sides of businesses.
Carmen Smith Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I have a degree from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major in engineering.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked for two years at Endeavor, an organization dedicated to aiding high impact entrepreneurs in developing countries, and for two years at an infrastructure construction company.
Activities: Member of Chicago Women in Business, Latin American Business Group, Investment Management Group, the Wine Club, and the Leadership and Influence Group.
Career plans: I'm recruiting for investment management.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? First, Chicago Booth's flexibility; the possibility to design a "tailor-made" MBA based on my needs was one of the program's main advantages. This will enable me to focus on specific courses that are highly relevant to my career goals. Secondly, the community; I couldn't wait to learn from the most renowned professors and exchange ideas with my classmates. I had been a close witness of the personal and professional transformation that students undergo and the way the MBA at Chicago Booth unlocks their potential. Experiencing that same growth and evolution is the main reason why I decided to attend Booth and be part of such an outstanding community.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Enriching, life-changing, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Two years ago, I fell in love with the city by doing the Chicago Triathlon, the largest in the world. It is an incredible experience that allows you to get to know the city in a completely different way. The bike ride to Harper Center along the river is definitely a must, as is biking through the University campus - the best way to see it. The culinary life of Chicago is amazing, and Lollapalooza is a must. The standup comedy at Second City is a classic.
Ask me about...: Entrepreneurship in developing countries, post-MBA plans in Mexico, the application process, why Booth should be your first choice, and switching careers.
Luis Nanes Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Universidad Iberoamericana with a major in industrial engineering.
Prior to Booth: After finishing undergrad, I worked in equity research and afterward I joined my family business.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, General Management, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Latin American Business Group (LABG), Management Consulting Group (MCG), BoothTech, Wine Club, Net Impact, and the Soccer Club.
Career plans: I am currently recruiting for consulting.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I applied to and chose to attend Booth due to four reasons: I identified with the unique, down-to-earth, diverse, and engaging culture where ideas compete but people collaborate; I needed the flexible curriculum, which enables me to tailor my experience to my specific needs; I required an approach to learning based on strong analytical thinking and the core of business fundamentals; and I felt attracted to the unique opportunity of living in Chicago, a dynamic and vibrant city offering almost everything you could be looking for.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Eye-opening, self-challenging, and nonstop.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Chicago has a lot of things to offer for every different taste, from eating in 17 different restaurants in one night on a dinner crawl around Wicker Park to enjoying live blues on a Sunday night in Kingston Mines' glowing atmosphere. And if you like to mix sports with fun, don't miss the annual 5k Color Run! A truly unique experience.
Ask me about...: How to make the most from your MBA experience by balancing the academic side, social activities, and all of what Chicago has to offer. Also, ask me about Random Walk, LEAD, and applying from a nontraditional background.
Alan Solis Ostrosky Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I have a bachelor's in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
Prior to Booth: Prior to Booth, I worked for four years as a sell-side research analyst at Credit Suisse, covering construction and infrastructure companies in Latin America.
Concentrations: Analytic Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Private Equity Group, the Investment Management Group, the Latin American Business Group, and the Milton Friedman Group.
Career plans: I'll be working in private equity.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? Curriculum flexibility, outstanding academics, strong finance reputation, and diversity. I was also drawn to Booth's impressive track record to truly impact business reality with academic theory.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, pivotal, and stimulating.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Millennium Park for an outdoor concert in the summer.
Ask me about...: Job opportunities for investment management as an international student and the best places to eat authentic Mexican food in Chicago.