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Tuesday, April 16

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Julia Heath celebrated New Year's Eve at a bar on Rush Street that she'd never been to with people she hoped she'd never see again. At 1:20, she ran out to catch a cab, waving her goodbyes to the people she's known since college orientation and jumped into her new life.

Junior Trader
Dynamic, informal atmosphere with a focus on innovation and learning. PPO health insurance, employer matching 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, lunch provided daily, stocked fridge, and other excellent benefits.

-Help execute trades using automated algorithms
-Research macroeconomic and company-specific news
-Evaluate portfolio risk profiles
-Adjust trading strategies based on market conditions
-Contribute to strategy development and refinement

A bachelor’s degree with minimum 3.0 GPA is required. The successful junior trader candidate will also possess:
-Excellent quantitative and problem-solving skills
-Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial drive
-Good communication and interpersonal skills
-High level of computer literacy
-Exceptional attention to detail
-Demonstrated interest in financial markets and trading

She always had a head for figures, that Julia. It's what always made her mother say that she should find a nice trader to date. But she wanted to get into the game herself, make her own money. And if she hated it, she'd quit. But something told Julia (actually, it was her own flourishing portfolio) that made her think she'd like it.

$1425 / 2br - Beautiful 2 bedroom apartment
large 1400 sq ft
Wood floors
IKEA kitchen
new bath
in-unit storage room
new back porch
heat included
washer & dryer in the basement

2nd floor apartment in a 3 unit, owner occupied building with new steel deck and large backyard. Beautiful place. Located near Lawrence and Damen, on Wolcott Ave. Short walk to Metra Ravenswood station and Damen brown line stop. Street permit parking was just approved for the block. To come shortly. Walking distance to Lincoln Square and Andersonville restaurants and shops.

When Julia went home, she immediately got to work filling the U-Haul parked in front of her apartment. She didn't even change out of her party dress, just strapped on some Nikes and started carrying boxes. Over the course of three hours of packing, her fake nails broke, her hairdo came loose and all of her tarty makeup melted off.

glasses at mca first friday - w4m - 28
We met by the iMacs and you asked me about my dot sticker. I had glasses and long dark hair, a black shirt. You had glasses and a navy jacket over a white button down with a cool design. My friend hauled me off to look for her friends, and I tried to spot you again in the crowd but couldn't. Would have liked to keep talking! Maybe we can.

A week later, ensconced in her new apartment, happy in her new job, Julia met up with some of her old friends at the MCA. Ten minutes into it, she was over it. It's easy to get lost at First Fridays, so for the rest of the evening, Julia looked for him. And on Wednesday, she found him. Geoffrey emailed her back and they've been trading flirty emails and calls since. When they have their first date, it will be for coffee, not cocktails. And Julia will wear jeans, no makeup, and an open heart.

What are the changes you're making in the new year? Big? Small? None at all?

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Shylo Bisnett really does only sleep four to five hours per night. And while she loves being alone, she needs a bodyguard type to accompany her to laundromats in the middle of the night.

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