A biology major as an undergraduate, Peter Wilson had envisioned a career in medicine since his first science class in college. After being accepted to medical school, however, something clicked inside him and he decided not to go. “It’s all incredibly complicated,” he says, “but, simply put, it turned out it wasn’t the path I wanted after all. There were other things I wanted to do in life.” And so the question became how he’d achieve these other things. Working at the University of Chicago as a Director of Admissions, Peter couldn’t help but see Chicago Booth as a good option. And yet part of him had to admit that he didn’t really know what business school was like. Moreover, it seemed unreasonable to invest that kind of money in something he wasn’t absolutely certain about.
In fact, Peter’s questions went one step further. Fundamentally, he says, it was a matter of not knowing if he was the type of person who went to business school. He’d been a scientist throughout college on the path to becoming a doctor. And many of his closest friends were of a similar mold. Peter was concerned he might not click with his peers at business school. Part of him wondered how much he’d be able to click with the “approach to life” that was business.
Peter calls the GSALB a “no strings attached” view into all that business school has to offer. What he means is that by taking classes at the GSALB you’re presented with the whole package—you experience a Booth classroom, you’re taught by Booth faculty, and you’re surrounded by Booth students—while at the same time you’re just there to try it out. In Peter’s case, the classes he took through GSALB “sealed the deal.” They answered his questions and lifted his concerns. “My sense of business school was something limited before taking classes at the GSALB,” he says. “I didn’t realize how much was there.” Currently Deputy Dean of Admissions and Chief of Staff at the University of Chicago, he is slated to graduate from Booth’s Evening MBA Program in 2018.