Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Stanford GSB | Ms. CPA To MBA
GMAT 710, GPA 3.9
MIT Sloan | Mr. Michelin Man
GMAT 780, GPA 8.46/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Airline Developer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Latino Banker
GRE 332, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Lean Manufacturing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Native Norwegian
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Tuck | Mr. First Gen Student
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Go-Getter
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Global Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Social Impact To Tech
GMAT -, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD Explorer
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Automotive Project Manager
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Honor Roll Student
GRE 320, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Social Entrepreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.0

Chicago Booth: Where Fun Comes To Live?

Boothies proving that fun can actually live at the University of Chicago

Boothies proving that fun can actually live at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago has long been known as an academically grinding place for true bookworms and serious thinkers–so  much so that over the years the more sardonic students have rolled out a series of T-shirts with slogans to reinforce the stereotype.

You’ve heard some of them: “The place where fun comes to die.” “The level of hell Dante forgot.”  “The University of Chicago: if it was easy it would be…your mom.” And a more recent, if slightly off-color, catchphrase, “The University of Chicago: where the only thing that goes down on you is your GPA.”

Well, the MBA students at Chicago’s Booth School of Business apparently want to counter the notion of their school as merely an academic bootcamp. At the school’s recent follies show, students romped around campus lip-synching and flash dancing to “The Best Days of Our Lives,” proving that fun can actually come to live at the Charles H. Harper Center. And then there is a lively hip hop dance interpretation of a job interview set to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Page.”

Of course, even in this lighter portrayal of the Booth culture, you’ll find plenty of ultra-serious students in classrooms and study rooms–and even worse, professors teaching. One skit, built around the ubiquitous song from the movie Frozen, “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” humorously rephrases the question asking “Do You Want To Build A Model?”

It is, after all, the University of Chicago.


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.