Road Trip Tips

My MBA program is in full swing and it’s crazy how fast time is flying. Between classes, group projects, individual homework, job applications, networking, extracurriculars, and socializing I spend more time doing business school activities than I ever did at my full-time job. While it’s tough, I’m more engaged than I’ve been for some time,…

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Chicago Bucket List

After a very long application process and excruciating waiting period, I was accepted this past February into the MBA program of my dreams, which means I’ll be moving to Seattle in two months (holly guacamole!). During my four short years in Chicago I’ve seen so many bands and landmarks, consumed pounds of hotdogs and pizza,…

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Music Taste is Forever: Wavves + Best Coast Review

Music taste is a funny thing. There’s supposedly good taste, bad taste, and then there are people who don’t listen to music (which I don’t understand). “Taste” (good vs. bad) is so subjective it’s barely worth discussing. What interests me is that there are sounds we organically like and don’t like, but it seems to…

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Run to Play: Mission Completed

Well, in the past two months I’ve taken the GMAT twice, turned in 1 business school application, moved to a new apartment, raised $1,400, and run 26.2 miles. I have to write these things down in one spot to serve as a lesson in time management for myself, and for anyone else with a bad…

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Let Me Talk About Riot Fest: Favorite Sets

Riot Fest happened two weeks ago, and I’m still not over it, so I’m going to talk about it some more. Riot Fest is by far my favorite Chicago music festival, it may even be my favorite thing about Chicago. For starters, all my teenage wishes came true at my first Riot Fest a few…

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Run to Play: Training for Travel

While “summer” in Chicago is probably the only time you’ll have consistent enough weather to train for a marathon outside, the more consistent weather also makes these months the best time to travel to and from Chicago (I say “summer” because we really only have 2 months of nice weather). With weekend trips, weddings, family…

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Run to Play: Do It For the Kids

The phrase “do it for the kids” evokes a few different things for me. This saying often ends up being the rationale for people’s misguided causes, like when a gaggle of grownups tried to get Harry Potter banned from libraries and schools when it was first released. They thought magic was bad for children or something, but…

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Run to Play: Motivation is a Finite Resource

Being the over-analyzer I am, it’s no surprise I gravitated toward psychology in college. Not to sound like a total nerd, but I really really loved my psych classes (well.. the learning parts, not the essay, test, and presentation parts). My favorite (yup, favorite) branch of psychology is cognitive, which focuses on mental processes, including…

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Pre-training: Running Is Hard

So pre-training isn’t a real phrase because if you’re training for something, you’re doing so before the event, thus prior to, thus ‘pre’. But anyway, as soon as I joined Urban Initiatives’ Chicago Marathon Team (see Thoughts On “Getting Involved”) I started my “pre-training”. Basically, I started running around like my life depended on it.…

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Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Tour: The most important album & show of the year

The title of this post is a tad dramatic, and bold considering we aren’t even halfway through 2015, but if you’re still able to get tickets to a nearby performance I would recommend doing so immediately. Before I actually go into the new album and concert, I feel I need to give some background on…

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