10 Reasons to Love Loyola

There are many, many reasons to love being a student at Loyola.

And while I know every student has his or her own list, these are my top ten.

Some might seem silly (for instance, condiments I can only get from Loyola Dining Services) compared to others (like personal growth opportunities I’ve discovered during my time here), but that’s only until you experience them for yourself.

I can assure you they are all heartfelt and sincere. I miss them every summer, every time I’m home for break, and I will miss them more dearly after I graduate in May.

Without further ado, here are ten reasons—in no particular order—I love Loyola University Maryland…

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The Essence of Economics

Loyola, through its community of professors, students, and alumni, allows each individual to partake in a unique academic experience, one that converts theory into reality (and vice versa).

I’m studying economics and history… and I read a book last semester that helps me to articulate the complicated and compelling reality of my academic journey.

In his book Economics: The User’s Guide, Ha-Joon Chang, an American economist, academic scholar, and professor, provides two distinct perspectives through which the broad field of Economics is interpreted, studied, and practiced.

Economics: The User's Guide by Ha-Joon Chang

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Skill over task

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“C’mon, Grandma!” I exclaimed impatiently. “Let’s play doctor! Get the toys, Grandma!”

Grandma rushed quickly to gather the necessary materials for the night: stuffed animals that desperately needed proper medical treatment. They would be saved by a five-year-old whose fate may have as well been pre-determined, for I knew exactly how my life would look years from that very moment in the living room …

A physician, curing real people with real problems. And maybe a stuffed animal or two.

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I am a SuperFan

Super fan.

SuperFan. 

What’s the difference? I’m glad you asked…

Loyola SuperFans is a student organization that is dedicated to the promotion and publicity of Loyola’s Athletics program and to support the student-athletes.

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But for me, it is so much more than that. SuperFans is a lifestyle. It’s waking up every day, putting on a Loyola hat or Loyola hoodie, knowing that I’m representing this amazing University.

Come game day, this institutional pride gets taken to a whole different level…

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5 ways to combat stress this holiday season

Yes, the holidays are festive and fun… but also you have to admit they can be SUPER STRESSFUL.

From the decorations to the gift-giving, travel, added expense, and socializing, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year… and the craziest time of year.

Add in final exams and saying goodbye to friends who are leaving to go abroad, and it can be a very emotional time of year.

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Before you do a 180 from merry to cranky and overwhelmed this month, here are five common holiday season stress points—and tactics to combat them.

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No regrets

Something I read for a class this semester really made me stop and think, and I want to share it here, as the year comes to a close and we all shift mental gears for a New Year.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Sondra Guttman, an exceptional professor of literature at Loyola, offered a few worthy reading options which required further literary analyses. Overwhelmed by the diversity of each text, I decided to focus on one particular story, one that served as an invaluable reminder of life’s greatest (and perhaps most disregarded) gift: time.

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Young Man on Sixth Avenue (by Mark Halliday) is an extraordinary account of a lost opportunity to respect and treasure limited existence—a concept we all often fail to reflect upon, however essential it is for our very lives…

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Behind the scenes: A commuter’s life

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Walking across Loyola’s campus on a beautiful day, you’re bound to see many familiar and not-yet-familiar faces. 

But even for those faces you recognize, the mystery of the characters behind them remains: their backgrounds, their goals, their pet peeves, their struggles, their ambitions.

When I walk across campus, I wave hello and engage with my professors and fellow students, and I can’t help but wonder how many of them know…

I’m a commuter student.

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A few of our favorite things: Christmas traditions at Loyola

12301727_10153795449331563_5244460696509420787_nAs the Jesuit, Catholic institution that it is, Loyola celebrates the holiday season in a special way.

When students return from Thanksgiving break, campus has already been decorated for Christmas at Loyola. This not only puts you in the spirit, but also make campus feel merry and bright during finals and leading up to the end of the semester, when we head home to be with family for the holiday and winter break.

There are also several traditions Greyhounds look forward to every December involving generosity and giving, carols and Christmas readings, ugly sweater parties, festivals, and lights around Baltimore for the student body to enjoy during the most wonderful time of the year.

So whether its your first or your last holiday season here at Loyola, be on the lookout for a few of these seasonal favorites…

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Go for it and go alone

Hello again from abroad!

For those of you going to info session after in session on different study abroad options, you’ve heard this more than once: Study abroad is stepping out of your comfort zone.

If you’re like me, you may have rolled your eyes after the third time. Not because what they are saying is not true—quite the contrary—but because at the time I was a self-proclaimed traveler and felt I already knew it all.

I’ve been blessed to have traveled a decent amount in my life. I have family all over the world, and since I was a kid my parents have always encouraged the importance of traveling. I spent my first birthday in Guam, last summer studying in Portugal, and almost every year traveling somewhere, even if just to Connecticut.

With all these experiences under my belt, study abroad was exciting. I wasn’t nervous, just eager to jump right in.

That said, as I near the end of my first semester in Leuven, I understand what the comfort zone thing is, because I’ve learned the difference between being abroad and living abroad.

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Friendsgiving

There’s always been something about Thanksgiving…

More than any other holiday, it’s the one where I feel most like a kid again (I’m already in denial about my age, but that’s another story). Waking up and spending the whole day in the kitchen with my family is what I look forward to. Even though we bicker about whose turn it is to use the oven and someone always burns themselves, it’s time that I wouldn’t want to spend anywhere else.

This year is the first I won’t been home for Thanksgiving, and it feels weird. Usually by this time, I’m on a train headed to New York, wondering if I’m making apple or blueberry pie this year. I’m excited to see my dad at the train station. I’m excited to walk up my stairs and smell whatever is sitting on the kitchen counter for dinner. I’m excited to cuddle up next to my mom on the couch. I’m excited to be home. 

But this year, I’m in Belgium. Since Thanksgiving is strictly an American holiday, Christmas decorations are already going up around Leuven.

Being this far from home hasn’t stopped me from being able to celebrate Thanksgiving…

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