We would like to introduce you to a new member of the UIC Business Student Services staff, Mayra Sanchez. Mayra joined the Student Services team as an Academic Adviser this January, and she will be working specifically with UIC Business Scholars. Prior to this role, Mayra worked as part of the college's Events Team for the past three years. We have put together some fun facts about Mayra, so please read on. And make sure to say hello when you see her around!
Favorite Chicago Activities/ Places: I love attending summer concerts and festivals. I am a big country music fan so you will definitely find me at a few country music concerts throughout the year. I also enjoy talking walks along the Riverwalk (Chicago and Naperville) and visiting rooftops in the summer.
Favorite Chicago Restaurants: I have a long list…but I definitely love pizza, tapas, and seafood. Some of my favorites are Café Ba-Ba Reeba, Tapas Valencia, Lou Malnatis, and Catch 35. I love dining “al fresco” in the summer so I am always looking for restaurants that have a patio. Meson Sabika in Naperville is my favorite.
Hometown: Melrose Park, IL
Tell us a little about your personal/professional background: Prior to becoming an academic advisor, I served as an event planner for UIC Business for three years. I was able to plan and execute over 150 events and establish relationships throughout the college and university. Prior to that, I was a Marketing Supervisor for the Hershey Company where I worked on local marketing and branding for five years. I earned my B.S. in Marketing from UIC and my MBA from Roosevelt University.
How did you end up working at UIC? As a former undergraduate student, I always envisioned coming back to UIC. I truly enjoyed my time as a student and love everything that UIC has to offer, its diverse student body, dedicated faculty, quality education, and its array of resources. It’s been great working at UIC for these past three years and I look forward to many more in this new role.
What are you most excited to do in your new role? I am looking forward to working with the Business Scholars students as their advisor, getting to know them and offering them all my advice and support.
What critical information should students know about? I am available and will be flexible for our students. I am here to offer my advice or just to talk about anything that’s on their minds. As a UIC alumna, I hope to also serve as a resource for their current and future goals.