Month: March 2017

Loyola Weekend

Loyola Weekend

Are you ready?! Here at Loyola’s Undergraduate Office of Admissions, we’ve been preparing for this event for months! Loyola is one of our biggest admissions event throughout the year to bring to you, the future Rambler, a great experience and good impression of Loyola University Chicago.


Loyola’s campuses will be on showcase for you to see Loyola inside and out. Especially at at our Lakeshore Campus, we’ll decorate everything and show you our pride. Get ready to see a lot of maroon and gold and Loyola logos on everything. Special tours will be offered, staff and students will be present to meet and greet, and facilities will be open for viewing!

On Saturday and Sunday, LUC will have special school sessions such as:

  • Diversity & Multicultural Student Reception

  • Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Reception

  • Quinlan School of Business Reception

  • School of Communication Reception

  • School of Education Reception

If you still don’t know what school you want to be in, these sessions will help you get a better idea of what the schools are like, what majors are in it, and the requirements to be in the school.

It may also be helpful to attend these general sessions as well:

  • Experiential Learning Presentation
  • Financial Aid Presentation
  • Freshmen Next Steps Presentation
  • Interdisciplinary Honors Program Presentation

Tours will be offered for other places around campus too (ones we normally don’t include in general tours!) Take this opportunity to come check stuff out!

  • Biology Lab Viewing
  • Campus Ministry Prayer Space Tours
  • Chemistry Lab Viewing
  • Engineering Science Lab Tours (Only open to admitted Engineering Science majors)
  • Forensic Science Lab Viewing
  • Halas Recreation Center Tours
  • Institute of Environmental Sustainability Tours

With that being said, mark your calendars for April 8 and April 9! This event is only for one weekend, so RSVP soon! For your convenience, I have included the link to the RSVP page:

Hope to see you there! I’ll be the photographer capturing pictures for our social media, so if you do see me, please do say hi! ūüôā

(Some of) the Best Places to Get Pizza Around Chicago!

(Some of) the Best Places to Get Pizza Around Chicago!

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We all know that if there’s one thing Chicago is known for, it’s definitely pizza (sorrynotsorry New York). As Ramblers, there’s plenty of places around the Chicago that are go-to’s to have some of the best pizza, outside the bigger names (Like Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s) that I personally love.

Pequod’s Pizza. Located on the corner of Webster and N Clybourn, Peqoud’s is very well known for their caramelized crust and their deep dishes, so if you’re looking for a filling and flavorful deep dish, this is the place to go. Deep dish within itself is a pretty big meal, but Pequod’s is a master of a flavorful, thinner crust while still holding together the rest of the pizza.

Bartoli’s. 1955 W Addison (A block west of the red line stop) is where you’ll find this gem. Owned by the grandson of a founder of Gino’s East, Bartoli’s is a Chicago pizzeria through and through. A sweet red sauce, and stacked high with mozzarella and toppings, if you’re looking for an “authentic” Chicago style pizza, Bartoli’s is definitely a place to head to (especially since it’s across the street from the home of the winners of the MLB World Series!!).

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Nueva Italy Pizzeria. Deep dish not your thing? Located not far from campus (7109 N. Clark St.), Nueva Italy Pizzeria is one of the many spectacular hole in the wall restaurants that you’ll find in Chicago. Their thin butter crust is the perfect thin crust if you’re looking to focus more on the cheese and the sauce, instead of a lot of crust. And they deliver to campus!!!

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Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. Not far from Lincoln Park Zoo at 2121 N Clark St, the Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. has a specialty on their menu that is unlike any other pizzeria around the city: Pizza Pot Pies. Loaded with cheese, homemade red sauce with Italian sausage, mushrooms, and pepper, and triple raised Sicilian crust, the pot pie is a must-try for almost every Chicagoan, I think. With a fluffy dough and a hearty center of meat, cheese, and sauce, this compactly combines a flavorful punch all that is good and right with a pizza. Despite loving all of the places listed above, I definitely saved the best (in my opinion) for last.

Chicago has hundreds of options for quality pizza, but if you want to break away and try out some other places around the North Side, here’s some of my favorites!

Rambler Experience: Making Commitments

Rambler Experience: Making Commitments

University is a time to develop yourself, to figure out what you want to do, and how you want to use your skills and talents in the real world. University is also a time to commit to your interests (clubs/organizations, Greek Life); commit to a program (major(s), minor(s), pre-professional program); and commit to being a Rambler! Along the way, you will make countless choices and decisions. Luckily, there are people here at Loyola who will help you along the way: your Academic Advisors, Faculty, and even your Peers.

May 1st: Decision Day

May 1st is the biggest day for seniors in my high school. On that special day, seniors wear their college t-shirt of where they are going and additionally post on social media, them wearing their university swag. By this date, seniors across the country formally declare that they are attending a certain institution. This is perhaps the step you are in right now. Maybe you made a list of pros and cons, you visited the school overnight, or attended an admitted student day. Regardless, this is a day to celebrate, you have decided where you are going to university for the next four years! (Hopefully it is Loyola!)

Committing to your Interests

Whether you were an all around student who was juggling many activities/organizations in high school or were the student who had fewer activities but took a leadership position with them, university is the chance to continue to pursue things that interest you and allow you to develop as a person as well. When I was in high school, I was highly involved in the music program. I played the bass trombone and was section leader¬†of the wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz ensemble, musical pit, and marching band. On the side, I was a co-captain of the varsity scholastic bowl and¬†danced Tinikling¬†(a Filipino traditional dance) for my school’s ethnic fair.

When I was in university, I also knew that I wanted to be highly¬†involved. Being one of the few minorities in my high school, I knew I wanted to be in Kapwa (the Filipino Student Organization), where I was able to become a Kuya (“Big Brother”) for first year students by acting as¬†a mentor. Wanting to continue my musical interest, I continued to play bass trombone in Loyola’s Wind Ensemble. In addition, I developed my skills to become a Peer Advisor for the First and Second¬†Year Advising office, helping first year students¬†transition¬†into the university. Likewise, I currently work in the Undergraduate Admissions office as a blogger and a¬†social¬†media specialist. Whatever you want to do, whatever skills you want to develop or expound, you will find something that will allow you to grow as an individual.

Academic Commitments

During your first two years at Loyola, you will be taking mostly core classes. Being a Jesuit institution, the school wants its students to gain a holistic approach to their education. Whether it be through philosophy, theology, the arts, ethics, and more. This allows students to have a basic understanding and have a taste of different fields and subjects that are not in their major. While you do not have formally declare your major until the end of your sophomore year, you can try some classes in majors that interest you and get your feet wet. Along the way you can find things that you add on as minors as well. Regardless, I believe that during your first two years, a spark will go off in your head, you will find something that you are passionate about and want to pursuit. For example, when I was starting college I initially wanted to be Pre-Med with a minor in psychology. However, after much thought and talk with my parents, I ‘switched’ my major to International Studies during my summer orientation before classes. Throughout the process, I had different minors that I thought I might want to pursue e.g. management, Spanish literature, anthropology. Yet, as my sophomore year is coming to close, I have determined what I was going to study, Advertising/Public Relations with minors in Marketing and International Studies. This decision was made through the help of my advisors, my faculty, and my parents.

Scholars Night – April 8, 2017

Scholars Night – April 8, 2017

Calling all future accepted Ramblers of the class of 2021! There is a chance you were invited¬†to attend Loyola’s Scholars Night hosted at the Field Museum, but maybe you don’t know what that is, if you’re required to go, or how it has to do with your acceptance. Fret not, because I will give you a breakdown of my own experience of attending it (3 years ago).


Scholars Night is exclusive for YOU, the incoming freshman class who we classify as scholars and were invited. It is a celebration of your academic accomplishments in high school, active participation in extracurriculars, and ultimately getting accepted in Loyola University Chicago. At this event, you have the opportunity to bring your parents and show them what LUC is all about, from our friendly and outgoing staff, to the fantastic jazz band, profound speeches the professors will give, and Loyolan atmosphere- all housed inside the Field Museum of Chicago. How awesome is that?!

Three years ago, I attended this event and was very impressed by the visuals. The tour guides I met on-campus (from my tour) were all lined up in front of the stairs to greet guests. I still remember that there was a line of tents I walked through on the stairs and since it was dark inside, all of the tour guides took out their phones and shine the way for me to walk up the stairs.

When I entered, I heard live jazz music on my left and rows (and ROWS) of candlelit maroon-colored tables in front of me. It was fancy and it was the first time I was invited to a private event, especially at the Field Museum at NIGHT. It felt weird, but at the same time, I felt special (which is rare for me to say!) Also, the entire museum was open, exclusively for the guests of Scholars Night. Suddenly I felt like a child and ran off with my friend to check out different exhibits. Fun times….

When the actual event began, I got myself food from the buffet stations and sat down with my family to hear the LUC faculty give speeches. I cannot remember the speeches other than the fact that they were quite eloquent and made me proud to make it this far in my life.

Anyways, this event is not mandatory to go, but it is an experience to have to simply be proud of your accomplishments and get ready to start a new chapter of your life. This event is just one night and it is convenient for all of you who may come from afar. Loyola offers services such as complimentary parking, and shuttle rides from the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel and Hampton Hotel (near LSC).

So, LUC Class of 2021, if you can, COME! Scholars Night is planned just for you. It is a celebration of you. Be present and let LUC acknowledge you!

Here’s humilating pictures of me, 3 years back. All for your enjoyment!


Here is the link to register for the event, (if you were invited to the event)¬†if you haven’t done so already:

Ways to Enjoy the Warm(ish) Weather Around Chicago!

Ways to Enjoy the Warm(ish) Weather Around Chicago!

With winter already come and gone here in Chicago, and things are slowly starting to heat up, it’s always good to think of ways you can enjoy Chicago before you drown in homework and projects for Finals Week! Below, I have some things that you (and your friends) can enjoy to help make the most out of the rest of your semester!

Depending on how active or not you are (I know I’m not very, but I’m trying to be better about it), there are tons of ways to enjoy Chicago, and I’ve attempted to compile a list that include free things AND cheap things, because I know very well what it’s like to be a broke college student.

The Lakefront Trail. Most Ramblers know about this very well, but whether they’ve done it or not can differ very much. I intend to ride the full 10 miles down to Navy Pier as soon as I can, just to experience the Chicago Skyline¬†from that point of view. For those who don’t know, the Lakefront Trail begins just east of the Thorndale Red Line stop, that goes all the way down to Navy Pier (Where there a bike rental shops conveniently around Navy Pier).

Maggie Daley Park. Another physically healthy activity around Chicago, essentially within Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park includes a rock climbing wall(free), tennis courts(free, rentals varying from $15-$20/hour, depending on when during the week you go), and mini golf($10), with admission prices included after each thing listed.

Art Institute of Chicago. If the weather isn’t warm enough for you, but if you still want to get out and enjoy Chicago, every Rambler who doesn’t know, SHOULD know that your Loyola ID gets you in to the Art Institute FOR FREE! The Art Institute has so many amazing art pieces, some of which are very well known, including (but not limited to) Nighthawks, American Gothic, The Old Guitarist, and¬†“Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.).

Lincoln Park Zoo. About a mile east of the Fullerton Red Line stop, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a free zoo that’s open year round, that’s a great place to go! (And also a fun date place for you love birds).

Chicago History Museum. On the corner of Clark and North Ave., if you’re a history nerd (like myself), the Chicago History Museum compiles all of our beautiful city’s history, from Jean Baptiste Point du Sable settling along the Chicago River in the 1780s, to the Chicago Fire, to Al Capone and Chicago’s mobster history. Tickets are $14 with your student ID!

Chicago River Walk. While it would be difficult to spend a full day on the Chicago River Walk, if you find yourself in the Loop the serenity of the Chicago River Walk and seeing the skyscrapers from such a top-down view is very cool in my opinion.

DuSable Museum of African-American History. If you’d like more diversity in museums to visit, and are down for a very cheap visit, on the corner of 57th and S Cottage Grove is the DuSable Museum of African-American History, just east of the Garfield Red Line stop, with tickets just $7 with your student ID. The DuSable Museum once again, starts roughly from when DuSable settled on the Chicago River to the present, focusing on the achievements, goals, and art of Chicago African-Americans.

Frank Lloyd Wright Houses. If there is one thing Chicago is blessed with, is the number of Frank Lloyd Wright houses that dot our city, with crazy architectural skills and designs that differ so wildly from anything I’ve definitely ever seen. If architecture and SUPER COOL buildings and houses are your thing, you can click here¬†to view where the Frank Lloyd Wright houses and and buildings are around Chicago, and how much tours cost depending on which place you are interested in. The closest house is actually just about a mile north of campus on Sheridan, just east of the Jarvis stop!


Hopefully this helps you Ramblers enjoy Chicago without spending much money, with a variety of things to do as the temperatures keep rising and rising!!

Best of Chicago: The Arts on a Student Budget

Best of Chicago: The Arts on a Student Budget

Spring is finally here. You whip out your windbreaker, your comfortable walking shoes, and maybe even tempted to wear shorts. With such wonderful weather, you want to go out and explore Chicago. Chicago is a city full of arts whether it be: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

Regarded as one of the best orchestras in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a top tier performing group. Under the direction of Ricardo Muti, the orchestra has a vast repertoire. From traditional Americana with George Gershwin to Verdi’s Requiem. Throughout the year there are several performances that you can see all with a good deal, especially since the orchestra offers student pricing. This makes it a lot easier on the college student’s wallet. Doesn’t $15 sound like a good enough incentive to hear a world renowned orchestra? (

The Art Institute of Chicago:

Rated on Trip Advisor as the one of the top art museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, is a true symbol of Chicago. With both a traditional style architecture, and a modern wing designed by Renzo Piano, the museum is representative of Chicago with a blend of old and new styles. For those who know pop culture references, yes, this is the museum that Ferris Bueller and his friends go on their day off to view Georges Seurat, A Saturday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte. Additionally, the museum is known for its art from antiquity to modernity and even small model ‘doll houses’ that are intricately designed. Price wise, what price? Going to the Art Institute is free admission for all Loyola students all the time. Whether you are going to explore and appreciate art or finding something for your room, the Art Institute is the place to explore. (

Islam Appreciation Week (IAW) 2017 at Loyola

Islam Appreciation Week (IAW) 2017 at Loyola


The Loyola University Chicago‚Äôs Muslim Student Association‚Äôs¬†would like to invite everyone to join in on the events taking place this week from 03/20/17-03/24/17 for Islam Appreciation Week (IAW)! Islam Appreciation Week takes place every year, so come eat, laugh, and learn with us as we get to know a bit more about the teachings of our world’s second largest religion and the people who practice it. This year, IAW will highlight the legacy of American Muslims.


DAY 1: Taste of Faith | IAW

To kick off Islam Appreciation Week 2017, join us and sample dishes from across the globe! Get a glimpse of the diverse backgrounds of Muslims and enjoy spoken word, student artwork, calligraphy, henna, and more!

When: March 20, 2017 at 6PM

Where: Damen Den


DAY 2: Weaving the Social Fabric | IAW

Muslims have been a part of American society since before the call for its independence. Dr. Searcy will discuss stories of Muslim in America throughout the country’s history and share their contributions to our society. The event will begin with Maghrib (evening) prayer. The lecture will start promptly at 7:30.

When: March 21, 2017 at 7PM

Where: Palm Court


DAY 3: Walk a Mile in Her Hijab| IAW 

Hijab for a Day will also take place on March 22nd. Stand in solidarity with the Muslim women who face hate, discrimination, and micro-aggressions on the basis of their hijab and faith identity by pledging to wear the headscarf for the day. You can pledge by clicking the link below. On Wed, March 22, stop by the IAW Table in Damen to take a picture, feel supported, and show some love!…/1FAIpQLScD-HxcOC9R9YhQG…/viewform…

When: March 22, 2017

Where: Damen tables


DAY 3: Looking Beyond the Headscarf | IAW

When it comes to Muslim women, everyone seems to have an opinion. Suzy Ismail will discuss what Western understandings of Muslim womanhood have come to entail. Her talk will unpack negative stereotypes and portrayals of Muslim women as they exist in our society.

When: March 22, 2017 at 6PM

Where: Crown Auditorium


DAY 4: Day of Service| IAW 

From 11 am to 3 pm we will be packing lunches and backpacks for those in need around Chicago. Donations of fruit for these lunches are highly appreciated and can be dropped off in Damen 235.

At 5:30 pm we will make our service trip downtown to distribute lunches downtown. Bring your young Ventra.

When: March 23, 2017 at 11AM-3PM

Where: CFSU Lobby


DAY 5: Culmination Dinner | IAW

To tie up IAW, please join us at dinner to hear the wonderful guest speaker speak about a controversial Islamic topic and its effects on society today.

When: March 24, 2017 at 8PM

Where: Rambler Room




Albany Park

Albany Park


Where is that? This area is my neighborhood, located in the north side of Chicago! Just like how Rogers Park is home to Loyola University Chicago, Albany Park is home to, well…MY HOME! Let’s dive into what’s awesome about this neighborhood (as well as other neighborhoods around LUC). As you know, Chicago is a dynamic and diverse place and it is cool for you, the prospective Rambler. to start getting antiquated with your beautiful city!



Albany Park

This neighbor is known as the most ethnically diverse in the United States, according to Chicago Curbed. It’s a cute, little neighborhood, free from the tall skyscrapers and bustling streets of downtown. The streets are not that busy and there are stores with different ethnic backgrounds- Mexican, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Ethiopian, Cambodian, Iranian, Persian, and so much more.


I love my neighborhood because it is especially kid-friendly. There are parks all around and during Halloween, we go ALL OUT on treat-or-treating. (P.S. We are well known for giving out a TON of candy). One weekend during the summer, we all clean out our garages and do a garage sale! The alleys are filled with people and people get to meet and greet other neighbors. Another thing we do is have a series of block parties and all the people come out to have socialize and meet new people. It’s really fun! I appreciate that Albany Park is still in the city, but away from the “city-life” because it can sometimes be exhausting to see all the energy and be a part of the never-ending activity you commonly see downtown.


For me, I commute taking the Brown Line, which is a convenient 2-3 minute walk away from my house. As you may have already known, the Brown Line connects to the other train lines which brings me to Loyola and bring the rest of my neighbors to the rest of Chicagoland.

I have lived in Albany Park for over a decade and I can honestly say that the people who live in this area are genuinely nice and caring people. We all look out for each other and despite our diversity, we all have something in common. If you have the chance, come visit this little neighborhood and see what interests you about this area of Chicago!


What Loyola’s Motto Means to Me

What Loyola’s Motto Means to Me

For those of you who’ve either decided on attending Loyola for the coming Fall semester, or if you have been accepted, but haven’t made a decision yet, I want to talk about a motto you’ll see in most of Loyola’s buildings on campus.

If you’ve taken a tour on campus, you’ve likely either seen “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” or “AMDG” within some of our buildings or on the art that we have around our campus. From Latin, that translates to “For the Greater Glory of God”. And while Loyola is a Jesuit University, and about 40% of our students do identify as Catholic, the school harbors so much more diversity among that.

Personally, I don’t identify with any religion. I’m agnostic, and religion has never been something I was very concerned about having as an essential part of my life. And with seeing the Society of Jesuit’s motto so often, it always seems to have a deeper meaning to me. Now that I’m almost done with my first two years here at Loyola, I can see the meaning of the motto come to life in more way than they are directed. Constantly, I always think about “For the Greater Glory of All Things” as a translation for the motto, as that speaks to me on a more personal level. There is a variety of core classes that Ramblers take through their time at Loyola, ranging from topics on environmental science, to history, to ethics, to literature and many other subjects in between. And while that can seem draining, after taking the classes, I realize their necessity now. In an attempt to making their students more well-rounded individuals, Loyola wants their students to be aware of the rest of the world around them.

Loyola takes pride in the strides its done thus far. We’re the 7th greenest campus in the nation, and the only urban campus in the top ten, Loyola was just named to produce the 14th largest amount of students for the Peace Corps from Medium-sized universities around the country, and some artifacts that we have on campus are reminiscent of the work that the school has done in the past.

Encouraging students to do volunteer projects, Loyola tries to ensure that their students are learning about the world, not just from the classroom, but apply their knowledge elsewhere. With the ability to go on Alternative Break Immersions for Spring break, Ramblers are able to go around the country and visit impoverished areas, from the South Side of Chicago, to East St. Louis, to the Appalachians in West Virginia, and not just help rebuild the communities, but learn from people living in those areas, and their outlook on their situation.

And if you support the fight for justice, you don’t have to look far to be a part of it all. Loyola offers volunteer programs everywhere for its students, but the fight can be much closer to home. In the two years I’ve been here, there have been a number of peaceful protests that I’ve witnessed and had been a part of, that range from a Black Lives Matter protest, to supporting marginalized peoples around the globe, including refugees from Syria.

Equality has always been a big part of my childhood. I grew up in a diverse area, and was witness to a number of people and cultures, and the struggles that many of them faced, no matter their race, class, or what have you. And I feel like Loyola shares similar values, ensuring that all of their students are accommodated for, including a Hall of Faith for its Muslim students, Jewish students, Hindu students, Protestant students, and other spaces for students to pray and meditate if they feel inclined to. It’s reassuring to me, knowing that I go to a school that cares so much about each individual, making sure that they feel safe and comfortable on campus. And through all of this, Loyola’s motto resonates among it all. Fighting to equality for all people, and caring about the world itself, truly for the greater glory of All Things.

So if you’re still considering Loyola, or you’re excited to arrive¬†here, you have more to consider about Chicago’s Jesuit university. It was because of all of this I’ve fallen in love with my school, and I’m happy to call myself a Rambler. #GoBlers

Rambler Experience: Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Rambler Experience: Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Do you enjoy appreciating different works of art that deal with bigger themes of divine right/absolutism, gender relations, or transgression of traditional social norms? Do you have fun reading and learning from classic epics like Homer’s Iliad/Odyssey or Virgil’s Aeneid? Or, do you enjoy watching operas like Les Troyens¬†by Hector Berlioz or watching plays like¬†The Life of Galileo¬†by Bertolt Brecht?¬†

If so, Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program might be for you! With a rigorous but enjoyable course load, the honors curriculum encourages students to think critically and analytically on various texts, plays/operas, and pieces of art. Like Loyola’s core curriculum, the honors curriculum encourages students to gain a holistic approach on a variety different topics. Each semester offers a different selection of seminar style courses letting professors have freedom with the course.

Here’s the breakdown (with some helpful tips built in):¬†

  1. Freshman Year: All honors students who decide to live on campus live in Campion Hall with other honors program students. For your first year you take a year-long class on Western Traditions: Antiquity to Middle Ages and Middle Ages to Modernity, with both a lecture portion (with all of your honors peers in auditorium style lecture) and a discussion portion (which is a smaller group of 20 students setting). Each member of the honors faculty helps discuss a book/section of their speciality. For example, one professor from the political science department may talk about Thucydides and The History of the Peloponnesian War while another professor from the philosophy department might discuss on The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin.
  2. Sophomore-Senior Year: After taking the first year seminar style class, you take courses in a variety of disciplines: The US Experience, Area Studies (Asia, Middle East, Europe, Latin America), Science & Society, and a Moral Capstone. Unlike the first year seminar, the topics in each of these smaller seminars can vary widely each semester. For example, I am taking a course in Southeast Asian Culture, Ethnography, Film, and Literature as part of my area studies requirement. Some of classmates have taken a class in Chinese Epics in Translation or Political Number Theory, just to name a few.
  3. The Benefits of Honors: One of the biggest perks of the honors program is having priority registration. When you register for classes each semester you are guaranteed to register on the first day before the rest of the student body gets to. Additionally, being in the honors program helps to open more opportunities for their students: with internships, alumni connections, etc. Also, if you do not start with the honors program your freshman year, you can qualify to join the second semester of your freshman year or join your sophomore year, whichever you feel most comfortable doing.
  4. Do you have more questions? Be sure to check out the Honors Program website for more information that explain the application process, sample syllabi, and other information that you and your parents might find useful! (