Read Before You Kick the Kettle Now!


Need to catch up on the Before You Kick the Kettle blog? Click here to see all Jaela's posts for upperclassmen. Follow the series as she explains what needs to be experienced before leaving the LUC Read more

Read Freshmen 101 Now!


Need to catch up on all of the Freshmen 101 posts? Click here to read all of Dina's tips about being a freshman at Loyola. From roommates to ramblin' around campus, Dina will give you the deets on all you need to know before your first Read more

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The wait is finally over! We're excited to announce our next mainstage performances for the 2015-2016 season. We know that you're all dying to see the shows, so here is an opportunity to get a head start and buy all of your tickets in Read more

Freshmen 101: What to Do the Summer Before College (Pt 2)

Posted on by Dina Puthenpurakal Posted in Blog Series, Freshmen 101, General | Leave a comment

Yayyy, welcome back to PART TWO of the post I started last week! As the oldest in my family, I really wanted to get a handle on how to have a great college life and I really did find some of these things useful to do the summer before entering college. I hope you guys feel the same.

1) It’s always helpful to think ahead a bit. Don’t stress yourself out, you have plenty of time to have profound thinking sessions. But what exactly do you want to do in life? What are you passionate about? What are your goals for the future? Sure, everyone wants to get rich but exactly how can you set yourself apart from other candidates in job interviews? Like I said, this is nothing to stress yourself out about. One of my favorite parts about Loyola is that the staff here help you progress on your own path in your own time. Just keep these questions somewhere in your subconscious!

2) Going off of preparing for your future, you should look into classes that you’ll be taking for your major. Or if you’re undecided, you can explore options on the Career Development Center website or look at the different CORE classes that you might want to take.

3) One thing that a lot of people don’t know about Loyola is that you can’t take any classes outside of Loyola once you start your freshmen year. Unless the course is not offered at Loyola during the summer, you cannot take classes at your nearby community college. I’m not sure how it works for out-of-state students but this is a general rule. So if you’re bored, take PSYC 101 or some introductory level course at your local community college this summer and get ahead!

4) July is a good time to start ordering books. Keep in mind that all professors don’t actually use the textbooks that are listed on Locus so you might want to email them ahead of time and politely ask. While I love Loyola, I cannot deny that the bookstore is quite pricey. Amazon is my go to place but there are so many other textbook rental/sales places online to get books so look around before you click confirm on the order!

5) Here’s something that you might not think about. Memorize your social security number! While usually you only need to know the last 4 digits for different occasions, my Psych prof asked us to put our last 5 digits down for identification on tests and I had no idea what it was…oops!

6) If you don’t have one already, it might be a good idea to get a credit/debit card. Keep in mind that you’ll be living in the city though. I only went shopping like twice but even then I spent wayyy too much each trip. I recommend having a debit card on hand or cash instead of a credit card if you’re a shopaholic like me. Remember that you’ll need to start keeping track of your expenses since you’ll be living on your own. Read more

Call for Artists | Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art

Posted on by Mary Montemayor Posted in Around Town, Competition | Leave a comment

260874730cc96f5e088e9eb96c2cce8f“Do jewelers belong to the world of art or craft?” asked New York Times writer Victoria Gomelsky in an article on contemporary wearables she penned in 2014.

Woman Made Gallery, a not-for-profit organization helps “female-identified artists” in an era where feminism is taking a spotlight. Their goal is to nurture and sponsor artists through “exhibition opportunities, professional development, and public programs”.

Their upcoming show: Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art showcases works that are, well, wearable. Works said  to show a great deal of innovation and creativity.

If you are an aspiring artist that would jump at an opportunity to showcase your work, well here’s your chance! The submission deadline is July 15, and the show will run from September 11 – October 22 2015. Click here for more information and to submit your art!

Before You Kick the Kettle

Posted on by Jaela Hall Posted in Blog Series, Kick the Kettle | Leave a comment

4. Check Out the Arts 

rsz_1clicktoregister2The plays, the exhibitions, the festivals, the showcases! Honestly, if you haven’t plugged yourself into the Chicago arts scene, you’re dead to me. Call it extreme if you want. My response is one hundred percent warranted. Okay, maybe not the whole “dead to me” thing. But I didn’t see a better way to convey the proper level of intensity. So there ya go.

Anywhoo, back to the important stuff. Ah, yes. The Arts. We are lucky enough to be plopped right in the midst of a city just beating with artistic spirit. The even better deal is that you’re all students. There’s more benefits to that student ID than access to De Nobli and a free ride downtown on the shuttle. STUDENT DISCOUNTS! After you leave this fine institution, the opportunity to take advantage of your age circles slowly down the drain. At least until you’re like sixty, but that’s a ways away to say the least. Use it or lose it, people. In this post, I’m gonna give you some info on a couple of spots you’ve got to visit if you want to fully experience Chicago arts on all levels. Read more

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