When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
Business school candidates who decide to attend Chicago Booth can look forward—with approximately 500 of their closest friends in the community (partners are invited as well)—to the school’s annual ski trip, which takes place over winter break. The trip is held in a different location each year; at the end of the 2014 fall quarter, more than 330 Chicago Booth students and partners traveled to Vail, Colorado. After a full first day of skiing and snowboarding, trip attendees enjoyed back-to-back themed parties—donning bathing suits and Hawaiian shirts for a “Summertime Fun”–inspired celebration. Other theme parties that took place during the 2014 trip included Ugly Holiday, Choose Your Decade, and Broomball Costume. Members of the Chicago Booth Ski and Snowboard Club also participate in the annual Tuck Winter Carnival (at Dartmouth), for which many of the country’s top business schools send teams to compete in a ski race—though we learned the event tends to be more about beer than competition.
For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Chicago Booth and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.