Lessons from My Sophomore Year

The semester is finally winding down, and my second year at Loyola is coming to an end. I’ve definitely learned a bunch in my classes, but it wouldn’t be a school year at Loyola if I hadn’t learned some life lessons along the way…

While I learned Greek and read Paradise Lost, I learned how to be silent. While I wrote countless research papers and tried to learn physics, I learned patience. I met countless wonderful people and reunited with old friends.

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So, what have I learned this year that won’t receive a grade?

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An Open Letter to All High School Seniors

Euphoria.
Freedom.
Responsibility.
Stress.
Under-prepared.
Torn.
Contemplative.
Excited.
Nervous.
Joy.

These may be some of the emotions you’ve experienced this school year, first as college acceptance letters start to roll in… then as you started visiting campuses… and especially now, as you prepare to make “the big decision” and enroll.

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Taking a Stab at Honoring History

Each year, Loyola’s Classics students celebrate the Ides of March (March 15) by stabbing Julius Caesar on the Quad.

“Hit the brakes… THEY’RE STABBING PEOPLE ON THE QUAD?!”

Well, not quite. We reenact scenes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in an attempt to remember this major turning point in Roman sociopolitical history, while also reaching out to the larger Loyola community.

Let me make very clear that no one gets stabbed during this reenactment (although there was a bruised knee this year).

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A Day in the Life: Vitaliy

LOYOLA STUDENT BLOGGERS OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO THE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LOYOLA STUDENT—WHICH, LIKE OUR STUDENTS, IS ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL.

 

5:26 a.m.
Yes, I’m up before the sun. Hard for many of my fellow Greyhounds to fathom, I’m aware.

But that’s precisely why I’m writing this, to tell you about a day in the life of a first-year commuter student at Loyola…

Once I’m up, I like to embody a simple Englishman, you know: a cup of green tea (no extended pinkie, though) with an electronic version of morning news. I get my fix of politics, culture, current events, and other highly entertaining stories that run through my mind for the rest of the day, feeding me energy.

My schedule this semester has mostly morning classes, which works well for me because I have work in the afternoon.

Let’s get it started [insert the rest of The Black Eyed Peas lyrics here]

Jacket zipped, scarf around the neck, a Washington Capitals beanie on, and here I go, stepping out into the real world.

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A Day in the Life: Kelly

Loyola student bloggers offer a glimpse into the day in the life of a Loyola student— which, like our students, is anything but typical.

 

8:15 a.m.
My alarm goes off. Waking up this early is always a struggle after sleeping in during the winter break, but it’s time to face the music, so I tumble out of bed to get ready.

I dress warmly for the walk across campus and head out the front door of my apartment in Seton Court.

Seton Courtyard

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The Ultimate Guide to a Successful First Year: Part II

We live in what can seem like a stressful and competitive world. The tendency is to work hard and play harder, or to burn the candle at both ends until you’re exhausted and can’t do either. Sometimes it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the things we need to do, let alone the things we want to do.

This post is part two of a post in which I share what I have found to be methods to help first-year college students like me have a productive and enjoyable experience…

(You can find Part I of my Ultimate Guide here.)

Study

Even homes is putting some hours in - but is he doing it right?

Let’s be honest: Every college student dreads studying. I can’t think of one person who doesn’t despise the hours spent in the library, taking notes and staring at pages until our eyes glaze over.

More than being prepared for a test, success in life is defined by knowledge, and you will never be able to hold an intellectual conversation without a base of appropriate information.

The most effective way to keep the information locked within your conscience is to study. Here are my top four ways to engage with information while studying…

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The Ultimate Guide to a Successful First Year: Part I

For most, the college experience is characterized by what you learn (academics and experience) and who you meet, forge relationships with, and go on to call life-long friends (social life). But beyond attending classes, studying and preparing for those classes, and making friends and having a social life, there are many other ways to fulfill a successful university experience. I am discovering more with each passing week here at Loyola: recreational opportunities, clubs, service, lectures, events on campus.

We live in what can seem like a stressful and competitive world. The tendency is to work hard and play harder, or to burn the candle at both ends until you’re exhausted and can’t do either. Sometimes it seems there aren’t enough hours in the day to do the things we need to do, let alone the things we want to do.

So I’ve started to pay attention to the following methods and behaviors to help me stay on track—and I’ve found a great improvement in my lifestyle when it comes to balancing my busy schedule, my responsibilities, and my schoolwork…

This post is part one of a two-part series in which I will share what I have found to be methods to help first-year college students like me have a productive and enjoyable experience.

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October: The Weirdest Month of the Year

October has always been one of my favorite months, yet it can also be one of the most stressful.

And weird. By weird, I don’t mean “spooky” or the obvious strangeness that comes with Halloween. Let me explain.

There are always a ton of projects, papers, and exams for classes, plus student clubs are finally getting into the swing of things. So my extracurricular responsibilities are a bit more constant.

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt “off” since October started…

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A Whole New World

College.

One word that has such a mammoth impact on our lives.

It shouldn’t scare you, though. It should excite you. Because while the concept of college can be “pee in your pants” terrifying, once you accept the thought of experiencing a whole new world full of exhilarating opportunities, the notion of college as a place where we go to be homesick will dissipate. And you will be OK.

I know because I just lived through it.

Though leaving home wasn’t the difficult part for me; I was ready to go. I was ready to leave the same friends I’ve known since kindergarten, and the same small town where I’ve spent my life for a while now, because I wanted to experience something different. Something new and invigorating.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t experience a moment of complete and utter panic on my first day of classes…

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Settling In

It’s been a flurry of activity since I moved back to Loyola a little over four weeks ago. I was fortunate enough to miss the craziness of upperclassmen move in day, since I’m an Evergreen, but that put me in the middle of a different kind of crazy: Fall Welcome Weekend.

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. My planner is completely organized and color-coded. My desk is semi-organized. I’m actually getting work done at a reasonable time, even if I’m still not going to bed at a reasonable time. I no longer feel like I’m drowning under pressure and stress; I’ve finally caught up and am looking ahead instead of looking behind.

It’s a great feeling, even if I know that it won’t last that long.

The View from my room

The view from my room

And then there’s this: I’ve started writing for A Hound’s Life.

If you didn’t notice, this is my very first article, so here, I’ll stop babbling and introduce myself…

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