Month: May 2015

Facing Finals

Facing Finals

 

Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, you’re final exams are incredibly important to your collegiate futures. Colleges pay close attention to your freshman – junior year grades when making admission and scholarship decisions and colleges can revoke admission or scholarship awards from seniors who let their grades slip. All of this just stresses the importance of final exams no matter your year in high school, so below, I’m sharing a few tips on how to do your best on these tests:

  • Sleep: Make sure to get some sleep two nights prior to the exam. Not only does the night before matter, but so does the day before. You’ll want to make sure you’re rested and alert, so avoid pulling all-nighters.
  • Eat: Make sure to eat before your test as you don’t want to be distracted by your growling stomach or the number of minutes until lunch.
  • Maintain a Routine: Sitting in your normal seat and retaining your normal schedule before the exam can help you feel more at ease and might even help your memory.
  • Ask Questions: Ask as many questions as possible about the test so you know what to expect. Make sure to clarify any uncertainties with exam content with your teachers before the test. This means you’ll have to study and review early enough in advance to figure out what you don’t know; then spend the rest of the time learning those items.
  • Learn how to Study: Not everyone learns the same way, so figure out if study groups, re-reading the textbook, making note cards, writing outlines, etc. works best for you. It might even be more beneficial to study a couple different ways to make sure you’ll be ready to ace the test.
  • Avoid Senioritis: Even though there is so much to be distracted and excited about, you need to maintain your focus and motivation to do well on finals. As listed above, there can be some very serious and expensive consequences if you let your distraction get the best of you!

GOOD LUCK!!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

 

This week on campus we are celebrating the 145th annual commencement ceremony of our Class of 2015 graduates! Needless to say, it’s an incredibly exciting time for the thousands of students graduating after putting in years of hard work and effort. You can’t miss the mix of emotions in the faces of the grads as they walk across the stage and are handed their diploma, it’s a mix of excitement, fear, hope, sadness, optimism, relief, and maybe even a little exhaustion leftover from finals week.

The Loyola community is incredibly proud of this year’s class and knows they will go on to lead extraordinary lives and that they will remain part of the Loyola community as newest alumni.

While many of our students are completing their time at Loyola, we’re equally as excited to welcome the Class of 2019 to campus next fall! But before we can do that, we know they have graduation ceremonies all over the world to attend first, so to them we say CONGRATULATIONS!

Embrace every last moment of high school and make sure to thank and cherish all of those – teachers, counselors, coaches, supervisors, lab partners, teammates, classmates, parents, grandparents, relatives, siblings, friends, and best friends – who contributed towards your experiences and success.

Completing high school is an accomplishment to be proud of, but your journey is just beginning. We look forward to transforming your life during the next 4 years so that you, too, can become Loyola alumni who are leading their own extraordinary lives!

 

Congrats, grads!

Job Hunting

Job Hunting

 

My graduation is T H I S Friday at 3 pm!  I am so excited, but so are my parents so I can start job hunting!  I want to share a website that has really helped me out to get organized on my job search.  Sorry for the short post, but after having a semester full of detailed posts, I figured I would end by keeping them shorter. 🙂  One more post…wait for it!

Click the link below:

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/professors-guide/2010/03/31/10-tips-for-college-students-looking-for-a-job-in-a-tough-market

Why Your Next Semester Should be at the JFRC

Why Your Next Semester Should be at the JFRC

They say a semester abroad will change your life. They say it will be an unforgettable experience where you learn so much about yourself and the world around you. They say your mind will be opened to new ideas, cultures, and people. Well, after my semester in Rome I would have to say that I agree with all of “them”. Spending my spring semester at the the John Felice Rome Center was the best decision I’ve made in my college career, and I think it very well could be the best one you’ll make too.

Here’s why you want to become a JFRC alum…

  1. The JFRC is as much Loyola’s campus as the Water Tower Campus, so all of your credits transfer and you don’t have to shed an ounce of your Rambler pride.
  2. Living in a building with 200 other students gives you an instant and welcoming community. Plus plenty of travel buddies to choose from.
  3. Pizza. Pasta. Gelato.
  4. No classes on Friday means you always have an extra long weekend for your European travels.
  5. The experienced Student Life Team always has your back–whether that means giving you directions in Rome or figuring out how to order Chinese food in Italian, they’ll help you out.
  6. The Eternal City will offer you (nearly) an eternity of adventures.
  7. You get to learn Italian, a bellissimo language that will help you feel more at home in Italy.
  8. You’ll learn to appreciate the way Italians live life–slow walks, fast espresso, and the most inconsistent bus system I’ve ever seen.
  9. When you get tired of planning trips for yourself, you can sign up for a pre-planned study trip led by the JFRC crew.
  10. You will be changed over the course of the semester, but all for the better.

I’ve only been gone for 2 days and I’m already wishing I was back. So do yourself a favor and give the John Felice Rome Center a chance. Oh and when you get there, have some gelato for me.

First Year of College: Check.

First Year of College: Check.

The myth goes that as you get older, time seems to go by faster. Each day may feel long, but the year passes by in the blink of an eye. Moving into my freshman residence hall feels like it happened just yesterday. Now, I’m officially a rising sophomore in college.

It is hard to remember everything that I did this year, but fortunately, I have a calendar that I turned into a scrapbook to look back upon some of the activities that I was lucky enough to participate in.

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The Welcome Week Bahai Temple Bike Ride and the New Year’s Party on the quad.

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The Joyola concert during the winter holiday season.
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A Social Justice Dinner Dialog and Be the Change Week.
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Seeing Jason Derulo and Gabriel “Fluffly” Iglesias for Collossus.
Blog Post 50 - Photo 5Becoming a SGLC Senator as well as attending my first Cubs game.

 

Well, that’s it for now, and as I clear the last doo-dads out of my very first college dorm room, I see my Loyola bucket list, beckoning me to hurry back for more adventures in the fall.

Time for a Study Break…or a Trip to Pompeii

Time for a Study Break…or a Trip to Pompeii

Since the beginning of the semester my friends and I have been talking about taking a trip to Pompeii. We talked about going a few different weekends, but we never got ourselves together and made the day trip. Then all of the sudden it was the week before finals and we decided we needed to get our act together and head down the coast to Pompeii.

To get to Pompeii from Rome we took the train from Termini station to Naples where we transferred to a local train that dropped us off just down the street from the city’s ruins. We ended up buying tickets for Pompeii and Herculaneum for 20 Euro—another city that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption that we visited later that day.

With help from the guide book I had with me and the brochure provided we gave ourselves a pretty solid tour of the city. Pompeii was a lot bigger than I expected and not covered in ash at all like I thought it might be. The city was set up like a typical ancient Roman town with a large gate at the entrance, a Forum where most of the political, judicial, and religious matters would have taken place, and cobbled streets lined with villas.

Many of the buildings in the city were actually quite well preserved so we got a glimpse of a traditional Roman bathhouse and several villas with beautiful frescoes and mosaics. The Romans were masters of engineering as can be seen in marvels like the Colosseum, but I was just as impressed by the no-slip tiled floors in the bath. And especially impressed by the “fast food restaurants” we saw throughout the town. It was uncommon for Pompeiians to cook lunch at their homes so there were counters set up with spaces for pots to keep warm or cool for people to enjoy quick lunches together during the day.

Pompeii’s most famed remnants are the plaster casts of the people who once lived there. These eerie molds show them in their final moments and left me feeling uneasy. Without these casts it’s easy to imagine that this city just deteriorated over time, but these offer a reminder to the devastating end of this city. Most of the plaster molds are actually in a museum in Naples, which we were unable to visit, but I’m sure it would be worth the trip.

After lunch, we spent the rest of our afternoon in Herculaneum. This smaller town closer to the coast was even more well-preserved than Pompeii. And because it is lesser known there weren’t as many tourists—never a bad thing. If you ever get the chance I would visit both of these cities since they offer different looks into the past.

Even though we were cutting it close to the end of the semester, we managed to sneak this trip in and it worked out as quite the nice study break. I’m still a little taken aback by the fact that a trip to Pompeii could count as a Finals study break. Yea, I don’t mind studying in Rome at all.

Some Final Words

Some Final Words

Hi everyone! This is my final blog post and I just wanted to thank anyone who actually reads these. I hope they have been helpful, insightful, but most of all, have helped you to see how truly wonderful life at Loyola can be. In one weeks’ time, I will walk across the stage and step out fully into the real world. Loyola has prepared me for that. So if you are already at Loyola, I hope you can appreciate your time here and have a ton of fun learning and making friends. If you are an incoming student, I have the same advice. Here at Loyola you will take interesting classes, learn new things, get involved with the community, make friends, challenge yourself, and have fun! Best of luck Ramblers! Keep ramblin on!!

Farewell Loyola-Until Next Fall!

Farewell Loyola-Until Next Fall!

Can you believe it, Ramblers? This is my last post of the year! I certainly can’t believe it! I am definitely going to miss blogging for everyone and sharing my experiences throughout my first year at Loyola with all of you!

Our things are all packed and are being loaded up into cars, vans, planes and who knows what else! We are nearing the end of finals week and getting closer and closer to summer every day! My roommate and I have already moved almost everything out of our dorm, and I only have one final left! I will be out of here by 4:30 P.M. tomorrow for the entire summer! It’s a bittersweet feeling. I will be glad to have a break from schoolwork, but I am going to miss Loyola so much during the summer. I will miss the beautiful campus, stunning city of Chicago, all of my friends, and just college life in general! I already can’t wait to move in again in the fall and I haven’t even left yet!

My first year here at Loyola has been filled with many fantastic firsts. I’ve made so many new friends, learned how to live (sort of) on my own, passed all of my classes with good grades, made the Dean’s list, made good connections with professors, and have found the path I’d like to take in life! I couldn’t have done any of these things with out the support Loyola offers me with wonderful professors, counselors, and my amazing adviser.

As freshman year comes to a close, I look back with wonderful memories and look forward ready to plunge headfirst into my next three years here at Loyola! With that, I wish you all good luck for the future; especially those of you who have decided to make Loyola your home! For current students, good luck on finishing up your finals and moving out! And to all, have a fabulous summer and enjoy yourselves. See you next fall! ☺

Graduation Dress

Graduation Dress

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Graduation is quickly approaching, and who is freaking out about what to wear!?  Luckily, I already knew what I wanted for my special day.  I definitely wanted to go with a Lilly Pulitzer dress, so dress shopping was much easier for me.  I went to the Von Maur in Lombard, IL because they were the only ones that carried Lilly, anyway.  I found so many cute dresses, but I had arrived so late! 🙁 Most of the dresses were extra small or sizes way too big!

I was really hoping to buy a white dress, but I figured that would be too messy.  Therefore, I chose the same dress that I liked in white, but in a very pretty light blue color.  I hope it is not too bright, but it is very simple.  I cannot wait to wear it!  I am so happy that I bought the dress ahead of time because I hear too many people that are struggling.  However, if you are graduation next year: DO SHOP EARLY.  I mean about a month before, because two weeks before will only give you a dress that you like, but NOT love.

My boyfriend who will be joining me on the 8th was also debating on what to wear!  If there are any guys that have any ideas, let me know down below!  I want to hear feedback, please. 🙂 ttyl!

What You Actually Need For Your Freshman Year

What You Actually Need For Your Freshman Year

I wasn’t really sure what I would actually need while coming to college. Over the past year, I’ve learned a lot and made a lot of mistakes, and here I am to tell them to you. I bought a lot, and boy do I mean a lot, of unnecessary things. There were also things that I wish I purchased, as they would have made my life 20x easier.

1. Phone Insurance
Sometimes, you wash your phone along with your bedspread. Trust me, it happens. Having a phone is pretty much a necessity when you’re away from your parents, and being without one is kind of hard, especially when pulling out your laptop to find the time is inconvenient.

2. Paper Plates/Forks/Knives/Spoons/etc.
You’re not always going to want to do your dishes. Trust me, there’s a whole lot of other stuff that you’re going to be busy with, and taking time out of your day to do dishes is not top priority when you have a six page paper and a test to study for.

3. A Fan
Even though here at Loyola some dorms have an AC system which you can adjust, some don’t. It can get really hot in the rooms, and if you’re anything like me, that can be awful. Buy a fan, however large or small, and if anything it’ll be there for some noise.

4. Headphones. Lots.
The WORST thing ever is when you’re on the CTA or the shuttle and you forgot your headphones. Oftentimes you won’t take the same shuttle as your friends, and will have to ride alone, which can be boring and long. You’ll want headphones. Stock up on them, as if there’s one thing I’ve really realized during college it is how easily headphones break.