After enduring a tough Chicago winter, myself and 22 other first-year Booth students headed south to Colombia for Spring Break. I haven’t had Spring Break in six years, so it definitely felt a little like being back in college. But then again, what part of b-school doesn’t feel like college?
The week involved a combination of relaxation, culture, water sports, eating, and socializing. Our accommodations comprised two beautiful villas in the center of Old Town Cartagena. Amazing beaches, cigar shops, and seafood restaurants sat at our fingertips. The setup could not have been more perfect.
But best of all, I got to spend quality time getting to know my friends even better. Although we often hang out as a group, we’re usually together in the context of larger social settings, which aren’t very conducive to meaningful conversation. There’s still so much I don’t know about some of my best friends, and this trip gave me the opportunity to change that. Everyone has a story – so on strolls through Old Town’s cobblestone streets or over a ceviche and sangria lunch, I started learning about some of those stories. Unbelievably, each one amazed me more than the last.
Everyone talks about business school as a place that brings together talented and ambitious people, all from different backgrounds. This trip showed me just how true that is. Chicago Booth has so far been one of the best experiences of my life, and I consider myself very fortunate to have such an extraordinary group of friends.
Here’s a video I made from our trip – hopefully you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!