ARE YOU A COMMUTER? OR A STUDENT OF COLOR? DON’T WORRY!
Check out SDMA! SDMA stands for Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and while this organization is dedicated to helping first-generation students, those of the LGBTQIA community, and students of color, they also have special programs for commuters! They give out coffee and donuts specially for commuters occasionally. Make sure to read more about them here.
Try Campus Ministry! Loyola’s Campus Ministry really is great and encompasses a variety of faiths. While we are a Jesuit institution, everyone of all faiths are welcome to attend Loyola and practice their faith. We have religious spaces not only for Christians, but for those of other faiths as well. Take a tour and check them out!
Campus Ministry also takes Loyola students on service trips during school breaks! You can go all around the world with them. There are also different retreats. I just want to mention the 360 retreat, which is specially for freshmen! It isn’t really a Christian-based retreat, but rather it helps all students who attend to try to figure out who they really are inside. It’s pretty awesome and I would definitely recommend going!
Campus Ministry also hires First Year Companions, who you will see in your residence halls once in a while. They’re the friends that Loyola gives you and will check up on you occasionally to see how you’re doing. They’re really sweet and nice so make sure to give them your time
UNDECIDED MAJOR? NO PROBLEM.
Visit the CDC! The Career Development Center is honestly such a great resource. You can set up appointments with them and they’ll help you practice for interviews or help you choose a major, double major or minor! They’re honestly really helpful. They don’t force you to do anything but they help you figure out what you want and what would be best for you at the current time. If you’re undecided, this is the first Campus Resource that you have to visit.
The CDC also hosts different jobs fairs and programs that will help you get a job/internship/volunteer opportunity. Loyola actually cares about its students, and every staff member wants you to succeed. Check out the Career Development Center website in your free time and just browse through the different tabs and online resources that they have.
Another great resource for helping undecided people is your advisor! Your advisor is your first line of defense. If you need help with anything and everything, they’re your go-to people. You get two advisors throughout your time at Loyola, one for your first two years of college, and another one depending on your major. Visit your advisor and bond with them. Not only are they like a good friend, they also tend to write amazing recommendation letters! If your advisor isn’t available for an appointment, the First and Second Year Advising Office also offers Walk-In hours where you can visit another advisor to answer your questions.
STRUGGLING WITH PAPERS?
The Writing Center is your new favorite place if you are someone that struggles with writing papers. While you can’t expect them to do all the work for you, they will help you brainstorm, organize and edit your papers! Just remember to keep in mind that you’re not the only one who struggles. The Writing Center can get crazy booked at times, especially near finals time! Make sure you set up an appointment early. For more information about the Writing Center, please click here.
The Digital Media Lab is a real hidden gem! Located in the IC, you can create and edit videos here. You can probably do more that I don’t know about, but this place is perfect to hit when you need a creative innovation for a class!
I hope you can remember all the different resources on campus when you’re in a bind. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but gee, doesn’t hearing how much Loyola cares for us as students really make you glad that you decided to come here? It sure does for me