All posts by Aliy Markowski

Hyde Park’s Best Outdoor Spots to Get Work Done

Spring is here! This winter was a long one, but that only makes us better appreciate this week’s 70-degree days. In April of last year, I really started exploring the rest of UChicago’s campus, checking out places around the neighborhood, and finding spots to spend time outside between classes on beautiful days.

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Building My Booth Network

Ask just about anyone, and you’ll hear that a big part of a full-time MBA program is the networking. Entering Booth with a non-traditional background (I worked in urban turnaround schools for six years), I had no idea what this meant.  Networking with companies? With classmates? With alumni? With big name professors? Honestly, the prospect of constantly mingling with a motive with any of those audiences sounded intimidating.

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Second-Year Bucket List

Full-time student life is pretty great. With just five months left until most of us second years re-enter the working world, now is the time to make sure we’re maximizing the precious hours, resources, and opportunities.

Taking inspiration and suggestions from lots of my classmates, I give you my Booth Second-Year Bucket List: an ambitious collection of personal, academic, and professional must-dos before our summer start-dates. 

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Top 5 Spots for Hyde Park Coffee Chats

It’s that time of year. In true pay-it-forward fashion, second years are meeting up with first years for a ton of “coffee chats” to talk recruiting, summer internships, and all things Booth. After sitting on both sides, I know two things for sure: there aren’t enough tables in the Winter Garden for all ~1100 of us, and every chat is better with good food and drinks.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, here are my top five Hyde Park meet-up locations, all within walking distance from the Harper Center.

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