The Best Friends you will make at Booth

By Gila Tolub

Always on strike despite the 6 weeks of vacation, 35-hour workweek, and retirement at 62…

Yup, you know who I am talking about. The lazy French that smoke and never shower. The pessimistic French, very judgmental, narrow minded and arrogant!

Well I am here to argue that despite it all, the French people are the best friends you can wish for.

To start with, we’re not politically correct and we have no problem admitting it. And that is so much fun!! We can say what we think, make fun of people, without ever feeling the least bit embarrassed.
We are loyal friends – always there when needed… or when there’s food.
And we give awesome presents!
When’s the last time the US got a present as big as the 302-foot Statue of Liberty? And who brought to you the Baguette, the smelly cheese, the two-hour lunch break and the French Kiss, huh?

That’s why you want to join the French MBA Club at Chicago Booth! The student group organizes social events to connect French and Francophiles (dinners, movie nights, wine & cheese…) and promotes the Booth brand in French-speaking countries. We organize events for prospective students and are the points of contact for DSAC when it comes to French speaking candidates. Members of our group come from every corner of the globe. They join the group to practice the language of love, to make new fun and fearless friends and to become a part of the tight French community.

Booth students also join our group to become part of one of the hottest groups at Booth. Because guys, let’s face it! French men are irresistible and I have proof!

When’s the last time a girl was very “entrepreneurial” with you? No, we’re not talking about that wink at the bar from that scary lady in her forties. We’re talking REALLY entrepreneurial!! Yeh… thought so.

Well French men get it ALL THE TIME. The first thing an American girl will say, after a guy casually mentions he speaks French, is: “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” Now that, my friends, is what we call irresistible!
By joining the French MBA club, you also know you will get to hang out with very pretty and classy looking French women. Their soft brown eyes, beautiful high cheekbones, and the curve at the corners of their shy smile that seem to want you and pity you at the same, will drive you crazy.
You may accuse me of using too many clichés… and you’d be right. But what can I do if all the clichés are so true?

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year from the French MBA Club co-chairs!

The best part of being a student has got to be … Winter Break! Some very serious first-year students spent time interview prepping and recruiting to make sure that this time next year they could be worry-free :-)

But others, and most of the second year students, travelled or stayed home to enjoy friends and family….

Some of us even spoke or met the newly admitted French students, the class of 2013, while in Paris. Admit Weekend I is coming up on February 11th and 12th.  On Saturday morning of that weekend, Booth hosts an activity fair and we will man a table with information for prospective students.  We are very excited to meet the 2013 class.

This is also the time of year when leadership positions turn over and we are looking for some new, dynamic and motivated Co-Chairs!  Co-chairs are responsible for planning a few events each quarter and managing the information and communications for the French community at Booth.  It is with great sadness that we will make room for the new generation of leaders. Please email the co-chairs to apply!

We’re looking forward to a new year filled with fun and great events :-)

French MBA Conference – 15-16 October in NYC

Expand your network, talk to future employers, hear about current trends…

Registration is now open for the 9th edition of the French MBA Conference that will be held on October 15th and 16th, 2010 in New York City on the Columbia University and New York University campuses. All conferences are in ENGLISH!

For more details, visit

Chicago Booth will be there this year!! Interested in going? Get in touch with your classmates: Vincent Chevallier (Class of 2011), Julien Haccoun (Class of 2011) and Antine Merour (Class of 2012) are planning on being there!

Welcome to the Booth Class of 2012!

We are delighted to welcome the Class of 2012 to Chicago Booth!

Things are very busy on campus. There are welcome events everyday and a lot of parties to attend.

Meanwhile, the second years are in full recruiting mode, attending networking events, dropping up their resumes and polishing their interviews skills. The first years are getting used to the new rhythm and are being coached by career services to prepare for the recruiting season that starts next week!

At the French MBA Club we are getting ready for our Welcome event that will be on October 14th at lunch. More details to follow but save the date!

Last event of the year !

People were very busy at Chicago Booth this week.

We all had our last classes of the year…

final papers to turn in, a few Lunch n’ Learns, and of course we had to start studying for finals!

But the French MBA Club know we still need to eat and organized a last event of the year. We went to a very nice restaurant on 57th street, two blocks away from the campus. It was a small and intimate event on the patio of the restaurant and we enjoyed the sun, the food and the company.

Top-Right Picture from Left to Right : Juliette, Guillaume, Charles-Antoine and Vishal

Bottom-Left Picture from Left to Right: Marie, Jesus and Gila

Great turnout at the event tonight!

We’re very excited that you came tonight! We enjoyed great food (humm…croissants, eclairs au chocolat…), great music (from Claude Francois to MC Solar to Manau…), great pictures (from Paris, Strasbourg, Nice, Provence, and more…) and most importantly great company !

Enjoy the pictures from tonight’s event:

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Join us on May 12th for this University-Wide event !!

The French MBA Club of the Chicago Booth School of Business will soon be hosting a small get-together within the University’s Francophone community.

We cordially invite you to join us for this coffee mixer.

Refreshments and snacks will be served while we promote the exchange of French language and culture.

Date: Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Time: 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Location: Room C24 in Harper Center,
Booth School of Business

Please direct all questions and comments to

Join our Team !!

Hello Dear Compatriotes!

Please join team Lafayette for the Paintball Competition on May 8th!

Put your name on the Google sheet

Aux armes citoyens!

Lunch with Les Inconnus

We had a great time at Lunch on April 14th !

Enjoy the photos : French Club Pizza Party