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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Theatre Thrives at Loyola

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.

You’ve probably heard this quote from Shakespeare’s As You Like It at least a thousand times.

For many students and faculty at Loyola, their world really is a stage.

Housed in the DeChiaro College Center, the heart of the theatre department is McManus Theatre. Students from any major or minor are more than welcome to participate in any show, but the theatre majors and minors really drive the department. They serve as student directors, stage managers, stage crew, work studies, and, of course, as actors. And while faculty and staff have participated in the past, in recent years, the casts have been solely comprised of students.

Cabaret

Cabaret performed by the Evergreen Players in February 2014; directed by Natka Bianchini, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre

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Going home is just as good

As spring break winds down and I begin my frantic day-before-the-flight packing, I look at my phone and see the annual overdose of spring break pictures from every tropical place you can imagine. Spring Break is all part of the college experience, a time when college students become enamored with the idea of sunshine, parties, and large amounts of distance from their families. This week students took off to relax on beaches along Florida, Mexico, and various other islands. According to DoSomething.com, more than 1.5 million college students will jet off to these locations and will spend a total of over 1 BILLION dollars in the process. Continue reading

Snow Days

This winter has been a tumultuous one to say the least. With the polar vortex forcing itself across the United States, many states are reporting new records in almost every winter category. One of the states that was hit the hardest by the winter storms was Maryland, which, over the past month or so, has forced Loyola to cancel school five times. My good friend Ryan said it perfectly when he said, “I didn’t think there was anything better than having a snow day in high school, but I was wrong. Snow days in college are so much better.” Continue reading

BSA Fashion Show

March 28 at 8 p.m. is going to be Loyola BSA’s annual fashion show. I am so excited because I will be modeling in the show this year and a lot of hard work goes into the show. There will be four different parts of the show with an introduction scene and an outro scene. Besides modeling rehearsals, there are also people who volunteer to work with public relations, advertising, and helping to get all the models on the runway for the day of the show. It is a really fun student run event and that is what makes it so amazing. Continue reading

Winter Trends and Christmas Cheer

I love Christmas!! It is the time of year when I really look at what I have and I am grateful for all the things I have and people in my life. Giving gifts to people is an extension of that love and gratitude that I have in my heart. I have been on the lookout and I have noticed some winter and holiday fashion trends around campus. Continue reading

Without My Planner

Going back to the first week of college. The big hand strikes 2 in the MORNING. Maybe… I should stop procrastinating and start my homework. All college students go through this thought process. EVERYONE PROCRASTINATES. It is hard to escape procrastinating in college. Adjusting to college and the work load freshmen year is tough. The first few weeks of college, it was hard balancing my school work, exercising, and free time. Continue reading