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A Booth Story with a Surprise Ending

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Fridays from the Frontline

Scanning the web recently for interesting content to share from current MBA students, we couldn’t help but notice the following touching story out of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. It arose as part of Booth Stories, which is a storytelling hour similar to The Moth, in which first- and second-year MBA students share personal stories with classmates in an intimate lunchtime setting. The gatherings, which take place two to three times each quarter, feature three to six student speakers each, according to Charlotte Guy (MBA ‘18), one of the student organizers. After sharing their Booth Stories, the students then answer questions from their classmates.

“Topics for each Booth Stories event are selected to provide inspiration and thought-provoking self-reflection about the experiences, people, and places that have shaped Boothies’ lives,” explains Guy. “Past topics have included ‘Where I’m Coming From,’ ‘Missed Connections,’ ‘Failure,’ ‘Thank Goodness,’ ‘Tipping Points,’ and ‘What I Take from Booth and What I Leave Behind.’”

Booth Stories started a couple of years ago as an organic student initiative in response to the collective experiences of the MBA life, Guy told Clear Admit. “It was created as a space where students could share honest and personal stories about themselves as a way to connect with classmates,” she says. “While Boothies come from incredibly diverse backgrounds with differing experiences, the stories shared and the truths told are very much universal and invite the audience to learn more about their classmates in a way that is novel and authentic.”

For more on this Booth tradition, check out the recently launched Booth Stories website. Our thanks to Chicago Booth and especially Scott Rupnow and Rawan Allozi for giving us permission to share this Booth Story with the Clear Admit audience.

The following post has been republished in its entirety from its original source, the “Booth Experience” blog.

A Booth Story with a Surprise Ending

by Eli Feret, MBA ‘18

Our friend Scott Rupnow was in the middle of a touching Booth Stories talk (a TED-style series) when he asked his girlfriend, Rawan Allozi, to join him in front of dozens of close friends, family who we had snuck into the back of the room, and a few random students who had no idea what was going on.

Here’s what happened next:

So here’s to Scott and Rawan from all of us at Chicago Booth—congratulations, and thanks for reminding us what really matters!

If you’d like to see the longer version of the video, check it out here.

Posted in: Feature Small, Fridays from the Frontline, Weekly Columns

Schools: U. Chicago Booth

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