Featured Volunteer - Darrylyn Bakshi

Darrylyn is a graduate of Booth '97 and is an attorney who resides in Germantown, MD

Darrylyn M. Bakshi Bio

Darrylyn currently serves as the Alumni Law Society’s Communications Chair and the Programming Chairperson for the ALS’s DC Chapter. As Communications Chair, Darrylyn coordinates and publishes several online marketing efforts for ALS chapters nationwide. Moreover, Darrylyn actively plans, coordinates, promotes and participates in DC Chapter events.

Darrylyn is a graduate of UChicago’s Booth School of Business (MBA ’97) and obtained her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School. Prior to obtaining her J.D., she worked in the Retail Banking and Technology industries.

Darrylyn is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and has interned and clerked in federal and state courts, federal banking agencies, and most recently at the Financial Services Roundtable focusing on industry and Congressional policy efforts supporting the Dodd-Frank Act and ERISA.

Darrylyn is married and resides with her husband, Pradeep, and their two kids in Montgomery County, MD.

How I Ended Up At UChicago’s Booth School of Business:

When I left undergrad at the University of Notre Dame and headed back home to Florida to a banking job, something within me had changed. Prior to undergrad, I had spent most of my life in a mid-size city and sought big city life. Moreover, while interning in banking during my college years, I encountered a few C-Level executives who opened up a new world for me and propelled my thinking along the management track. They convinced me that to climb the corporate ranks and to potentially reach the C-Suite, that I would need to obtain an MBA from a top school.

I knew also that to be personally happy that I would need to pursue my MBA in or proximate to a larger city. A larger market would offer ample opportunity for heightened exposure to corporate operations and business opportunities, as well as more options for fun and entertainment. It helped that I had friends already living in Chicago and many Notre Dame Alumni also settled in Chicago.

At the end of the day, I was offered a full scholarship to another top MBA program, but declined it when I received my acceptance to the Booth School. From my first day on campus in Hyde Park, I knew that I had made the right choice for me. Booth’s program clicked. My peers clicked. Also, since I grew up next to the ocean in Florida, living a few blocks from Lake Michigan really clicked. Moreover, the shopping and entertainment offerings in Chicago, from the Bulls and Bears to the Blues and Jazz, rounded-out the exposure that I had been searching for in a big-city graduate school environment. The UChicago fit was "practically perfect in every way".

Although turning down a very good MBA scholarship meant that I had to pay for my UChicago MBA education, I harbor few regrets. Even today, nearly 20 years post-graduation, the admiration and respect that I hold for the University of Chicago has not diminished. To the contrary, it has only grown stronger with time.

Taking Advantage of Networking:

While at the Booth School, one of my peers advised me to get to know as many of our classmates as possible, and to get the best possible grades. I did okay with grades, More...