Month: February 2018

Spring Festival? Spring Festivities!

Spring Festival? Spring Festivities!

I told you about my Fall Break trip to Greece for ten days or so last semester, but Spring Festival trip here in China is a little bit different. Sure, last semester we had Fall Break and also Thanksgiving break, and this semester we have Spring Festival and Spring Break (and two long weekends as well), but Spring Festival break was a trip to Yunnan Province, down at the border of Vietnam and Myanmar. Everything in Beijing shuts down anyway, and it’s still slowly reopening now, so the school takes all of the students down south. And by all, I really do mean all 37 of us.

Just like Greece, I couldn’t go into full detail or I’d be writing a whole book, but it was truly amazing. We were lucky enough not to have to take the train at all, just airplanes and busses, which was nice because we could sleep and stretch our legs at rest stops when needed – and get places where a train could never, and probably will never, go. Our first day there, I met with one of my father’s college friends with some of my own. It was a really cool experience, to be able to learn about his home province and my parent’s past without them there. And then it was a whirlwind of food, shopping, Old towns whose architecture capture China as it was and as people picture it to be while holding shiny technology stores and the latest in fashion, and laughing with my friends. One of my fellow Ricci Scholars and I vowed to make a dance video, and so we have – every city we went to we jammed on camera, and now, a week later, I’m working on putting it all together. Unfortunately my own pictures don’t upload, as usual, so I’m just using things from the internet. 

But besides the cities big and small, we also visited homes and villages of several minority peoples of China. Although over 90 percent of Chinese people are Han Chinese, there are still 58 minorities in China, half of which live in pockets of Yunnan, and we got the amazing privilege of meeting them. We stayed overnight in a Yi village and took a thirty minute drive in the back of an open air truck to get to a hidden lake for dinner. We climbed through rice terraces where any strong wind could push us into the water with the kind Hani people as our guides. We lived in a Dai village for a night and sent paper lanterns into the sky over Myanmar. We learned how the Naxi language worked and were welcomed into their town for a night of rituals, performances, and storytelling. Some fantastically talented Bai people in Dali treated us to their famous Three-Course Tea ceremony while performing Tang dynasty music.

Although it sounds like we were busy for thirteen days straight, we also had a lot of free time. When not dancing around like idiots, we bought trinkets and souvenirs, tasted Pu’er tea from a lady who picked the leaves herself, watched New Year’s Eve fireworks on a riverbank then ate kebabs at a night market, took a ski lift up a mountain, and so much more without it being an organized part of the day.

I was exhausted by the end of the journey, but I could have kept going for forever, probably. It was hard to leave the Province and I really want to go back, to see how much it will change and how much it will stay the same.

Explore Chicago: Spring Break Special

Explore Chicago: Spring Break Special

The weather is finally getting warmer, the jackets are getting lighter, and the grass is trying to get greener; spring is slowly but surely making its way to Chicago! Here at Loyola, this coming week, we are getting ready for our Spring Break. Whether you live in Chicago and want to explore more of the city or you are from out of state/country and want to find places to hang out and check out, this is the blog post for you! Unlike my Explore Chicago CTA Edition segment of my blog, I will be focusing in on certain neighborhoods you should definitely check out during the break. So make sure you bring along your ventra card, your friends, and, as always, bring an empty stomach!

Pilsen: Do you enjoy traditional, quality Latino food? Then Pilsen is definitely the place to check out! This Hispanic community is full of life, color, and food. Throughout the town, many of the walls are covered with Chicano murals depicting both real life as well as contemporary  mythological beings. An attraction to see while your in town is the National Museum of Mexican Art. This museum is free to the public and is a great way to gain a glimpse of Mexican culture (you should see this place during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you are looking for great places for food, be sure to check out places that serve authentic tacos, horchata, or jamaíca (hibiscus flower water)! You can never go wrong with what you order 🙂

For more information on the museum on current exhibits and events, be sure to check out: http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org

Wicker Park: Often labeled as Chicago’s “hipster district”, Wicker Park is the place for those who want the alternative experience. From used record shops, to antique furniture stores, to four level bookstores; this is a great place for you and your friends to hang out. Wicker Park is known for its many boutique bakeries and businesses that line the streets. When you are here make sure you pick some quality Stan’s Doughnuts (you can never stop eating at one) and grab a book (or BOOKS if you are me) at Myopic Books.

For more information on Stan’s Doughnuts (with their extensive menu) and Myopic Books, be sure to check out the links attached: http://stansdonutschicago.com and http://www.myopicbookstore.com

Hope you all have an awesome Spring Break and see you the following week as we go back on the CTA Red Line to explore more of the North Side of the city! See you then!

Too Much To Afford?

Too Much To Afford?

One thing that I always hear, is that Loyola is an expensive institution. As a private, Jesuit school, it is obvious that it would be more expensive than a state school, however there are things that YOU can consider to make Loyola more affordable. In other words, it isn’t as expensive as you think, once you manage your finances well. I’m here to help you out!

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  • Special Circumstance Appeal : To be honest, not many people know about this form. If you have any circumstance, including family unemployment, retirement, disability, divorce, loss of parent, loss of benefit, loss of one-time income, siblings that attend private elementary and secondary school, and more. Depending on your circumstance, the amount of financial support may vary.
  • If possible, commute! This is the biggest way to save money. I remember I wanted to dorm so badly, during my sophomore year. After seeing my friends have so much fun hanging out at night and traveling around the city, I wanted to live on-campus and be like them too. Despite all this, I knew I would be saving money from housing, required meal plans, and more. Multiply all those costs by 4 years, and you’ll see why this is be biggest way to save money if you can do this.
  • There’s a good chance you already have insurance, so opt out of Loyola’s Health Insurance. It is required for all Ramblers to have health insurance.  Thus, if you already have insurance, there’s no need to pay for a second insurance plan.
  • Participate in clubs or certain programs. I have received substantial scholarships through this method. It may not be so easy to get, but when you are able to open up and allow others to know of your situation, there may be a chance that people are able to help you out. Since this has happened to me, I can definitely vouch for this.

  • Get acquainted with the staff and offices. Similarly to the bullet point above, if the staff know your situation, they can refer you to people ‘higher up’ and your chances of getting help are better.
  • Apply for Federal Work Study. You get to work WHILE you go to school. Especially here at Loyola, there are countless opportunities to work.

There should be a way for you to save money and make it possible for you to have the Loyola Experience. I hope this was helpful for you!

 

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Addison

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Addison

This is Addison. Doors open on the right at Addison. This is a red line train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the seventh installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your blogger, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats, treats, and sights down at the CTA’s Addison stop. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting There:

There are three ways that I would recommend getting to Addison, depending on where you live and with time considered. The first way is the easiest. You can take the CTA Red line down from Loyola straight into Addison station (toward 95th). This may take around 25 minutes, give or take. Or, you can take the Intercampus shuttle from the Lakeshore Campus to the Water Tower Campus and take the El from Chicago and State north toward Addison (only five stops away). Lastly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft, depending on the size of the group you are traveling with, and what time of day you are planning to visit the area.

Main Attractions:

Wrigley Field: Right off the Addison Red Line stop, from the El tracks, Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field comes into view. The crunch of Cracker Jacks are heard, the smell of freshly flash fried funnel cakes are brought out of the fryer, and the sight of a truly dedicated fan base is seen in the stands and bars surrounding the park. You have just stepped into a piece of history. Built in 1914, Wrigley is the second oldest professional baseball park in the United States, the first being Fenway Park in Boston. This was the site where the Cubs won the World Series in 1908 (which is coincidentally the same year that Dumbach Hall was built at Loyola’s Lakeshore campus). Wrigley is truly a place of character and is a true representative of what it means to be a Chicagoan. Like many historic buildings in Chicago, Wrigley Field has been retouched and fixed but never torn down and built from scratch. This helps preserve the history and sanctity of the structure. What makes this park so iconic are the ivy covered outfield wall, the grand marquee at the entrance that ushers spectators into the park, and of course Harry Caray’s tradition of the song belted out during the seventh inning. It is classic and true Chicago.

Music Box Theatre: Within the Addison and Wrigleyville area is the eclectic Music Box Theatre. This venue is the perfect place to watch independent, foreign, and cult classic films. This is the place where I got to see one of my favorite authors, David Mitchell, and director of his work Cloud Atlas, Lana Wachowski during my freshman year of college. The theatre is the place to visit if you enjoy movies that are not typically shown as the summer blockbuster at your hometown theatre. Additionally, if you like ghost stories or haunted places, the Music Box has its own theatre ghost, dubbed “Whitey”. For a classic Halloween tradition outing with your friends, be sure to come and watch the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with your toilet paper of course). And if you watch The Room be sure to bring spoons! For more information on what’s showing check: (https://www.musicboxtheatre.com

It’s Time to Eat:

Old Crow Smokehouse: Are you in the mood for some quality barbeque and hearty comfort food? You have come to the right place by checking out Old Crow Smokehouse! As always, I would recommend the tasty brisket (who can go wrong with brisket and burnt ends?), the pulled pork, and their sausage. If you are looking some good sides to accompany that meal be sure to check out their macaroni and cheese (many good barbeque places offer this), cornbread (psst it has bacon in it), and their baked beans! If you want more options, be sure to check out their menu with the link attached: http://oldcrowsmokehouse.com/wrigleyville/dine-in-menu/

Moe’s Cantina: Tacos! Need I say more? Moe’s Cantina is a traditional Northern Mexican restaurant that specializes in tasty and truly flavorful meats in delicious rubs and spices. This is a great place to hang out with your friends before and after the baseball game. There are two types of ways you can appreciate this meal, with either mesquite grilled skewers of meat (e.g. carne asada, camarones con tocino, pollo pimiento, etc.) or some tacos (al pastor, carbon, de camaron, etc.); or if you are likely me and order both! Here you can sample a bunch of different flavors with your friends and share a quality meal! If you want more options and suggestions check out: https://moescantina.com/wrigleyville/menu/

Still hungry and looking for more to visit? Be sure to tune in March 13, 2018 as we go and start to explore more of the north side as we stop at Argyle, Home to Vietnamese Town “Little Vietnam” on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.  

Working at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Working at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

To say in the least, I consider the people in this office to be like family. We have so many outgoing student workers and amicable admission counselors who make each day so fun and enjoyable. Unlike other offices, our office takes care of the most essential part of the university- admitting students! It is always exciting to meet prospective students every day and prepare awesome events such as Loyola Weekend and Open House.

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I love working in environments that regard promoting schools. I have done it since grade school and to this day, I still get excited in this type of work atmosphere. In 8th grade, I was the Special Events Coordinator, managing school events. In high school, I was a student ambassador for 4 years and gave tours to families and prospective students. In college, not much is different. I began blogging during my Freshman year and have grown to enjoy writing and share my memories and experiences with prospective students. Upon working in the front desk, I found it exciting to meet new people and hear their stories and backgrounds. The most rewarding thing for me is seeing students become actual Ramblers and still keep in contact with me; it affirms that I made an impact on their lives.

At Loyola’s Undergraduate Admission Office, I have only great experiences. This place has given me an outlet to be genuine to myself and let my creativity shine. Through writing weekly blogs, you are able to have a little snapshot of Loyola and my life; I am able to show you the best of what this school can offer to students and how I have taken advantage of it. In addition, I take photographs during Open Houses and Loyola Weekend. Here, I am able to capture the best moments when prospective students get see our beautiful campus and meet current students, faculty, staff, and LU Wolf. Finally, instead of feeling regretful of the things I did not have a chance to do as a Freshman, I make sure the students are well-informed and most importantly are reassured.

While I do enjoy this type of work, we cannot forget the people that make work so fun and exciting. The other student workers in this office are quite talented, knowledgeable, considerate, respectful, responsible, and funny. Your Loyola experience stems from the hard work of the student workers. When you take a tour of campus, you have an actual student show you around. When you get a folder, know that it was assembled by a dedicated student worker. If you want to shadow a student or meet with a student for even five minutes to chat, know that there are many student workers like myself who are more than willing to do so. Indeed, it is one huge family here at Loyola’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

For the Social Media Team, we bid farewell to our head supervisor, Mary, as she accepts a new position within the university. She was my ‘boss’ since my freshman year and I have enjoyed working for her. Not only was she kind and understanding, but she was super cool. She made my working experience at UAO phenomenal and I cannot thank her for all the support she has given to the social media team and the rest of the the UAO student workers.

Mary, if you are reading this, we already miss you! Good luck to you in your future endeavors!

*I am kind of getting sentimental as I realize I will graduate this semester too and close this chapter of my life soon, too. Despite that, I am excited for all the opportunities and adventures I will have in the future! 

 

It’s Okay to Be Undecided

It’s Okay to Be Undecided

There are two common questions that people ask college students. “What is your major?” is always the top one and coming close second, “What are you going to do with that?”. I am here to reassure you that being undecided or uncertain with your major is a perfectly normal feeling that almost all students go through at some discernment on whether their major is the right major for them. But, one of the most stressful part is trying to pin down which one? It’s easy to get overwhelmed and anxious with the number of choices available to you. Luckily, with the help from your academic advisor, your mentors (professors/faculty members), and most importantly knowing yourself; you will be good to go! For the purposes of this blog post, I will give you three tips to help you narrow down your search:

 

  • What Classes Did You Enjoy in High School? High school is one of the best times to begin to discover the classes that you enjoy and the ones you wish were over already. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that offered an extensive selections on courses and electives that I could take to help me get a better grasp on my interests. It was during this time that I was able to see that mathematics and science courses were not my strong suit (except AP Environmental Science). Instead, my other courses, like English, History, and Foreign Language (Spanish) were all classes that I enjoyed and did well! I realized that I could become a historian, a communications specialist, a marketer and so many other options. By delving deeper into these courses, the more I realized that a coursework in the STEM field was not for me but one that dealt with helping people in a unique way was more in line with the direction I was heading. The tip to trying to find that course is by being honest with yourself about what you want and what you want to achieve. I was initially a pre-med, psychology student when applying for college (mostly from pressure from family members outside my immediate family). But, when the time came for my orientation at Loyola I realized that this was not I want and I immediately switched over to International Studies and Communications. That was when I knew that I had to pursue my interests and my passions to switch from medicine to Advertising, Marketing, and International Relations (all things that I enjoy very much)!
  • What is your Passion? It sounds cliche but it is true! Passion helps fuel your fire and gets you up in the morning to get stuff done. For example, I decided to get into Advertising and Marketing because I was passionate about proper and equal representation of minorities in all forms of media. As an ethnic minority myself, I felt it was important to see people who are not typically seen on ads. This has encouraged me to get into multicultural marketing and advertising. People want to be able to see themselves since they too are consumers of consumer products/goods.
  • Seek out Mentors who can Help You! When you start your first year at Loyola it is important to establish connections and increase your networking skills. Mentors can be your professors/faculty members, members of a religious/extracurricular organization on campus, your supervisor at work; and so many others. One person I suggest that you seek out as a mentor is your academic advisor. This individual is here to help you succeed during your time here at Loyola. They are the ones that help to make sure you are on track to graduate, prepare you for your time to study abroad, and, most importantly, they are there to be a friend/mentor for their student. I was fortunate enough to have such an amazing academic advisor that the two of us are still friends and we still help each other out! Aside from your advisor it is also important to be connected with your professors. Yes, this does seem daunting, but the professors here at Loyola actually care about their students. Many of my professors, such as the one I had for Ethics and Communications, has become a great mentor and friend of mine. Likewise, my marketing professor helped me find internships and entry level jobs by pulling together her connections and databases that she compiled. Professors are here to help you! Many things I would not be able to do without the help of my wonderful set of teachers, supervisors, and academic advisors. When looking for research opportunities, job opportunities (especially after graduation or during the school year) these are the people you need to talk to.

If you want more useful information about the majors/minors that Loyola offers to find the right one for you be sure to check out the link provided: https://www.luc.edu/academics/depts.shtml 

New Years Celebration: Year of the Dog

New Years Celebration: Year of the Dog

New Years, again? In many parts of Asia, New Years is celebrated based on the Lunar calendar rather than the traditional Gregorian calendar starting on January 1st. This year, New Years falls on February 16, 2018 and it so happens to be the year of the dog (based on the 12-year zodiac cycle). Those who are are born during the year of the dog are known to be communicative, serious, and responsible in work!

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Here at Loyola University, the Vietnamese and Chinese Student Association (VSA & CSA) have put together an event to celebrate this fun and joyous holiday. Our event will take place on Tuesday, February 13 at Sr. Jean Dolores Schmidt Multipurpose Room (North and South) from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

VSA & CSA have been planning for 3 months to bring to the Loyola community a wonderful cultural experience of New Years. We will feature cultural and study abroad presentations, a lot of Asian-based organizations, traditional games, and a prize booth. Nevertheless, it will be an event in which offers inclusiveness, educational components, and tons of fun for everyone.

In addition to all of this, VSA & CSA have worked hard to bring in traditional lion dancing for entertainment! The event will comprise of 2 performances. The first performance will open up with lion dancing. As customary, they will wake up from a slumber and dance to the sounds of the drums and symbols. To bring good luck to this event, they will perform the “Choy Cheng ” ceremony in which they will receive their lucky money. After, the students may even get to interact with them, as they are playful and social! Their second performance will be focus on-stage with many tricks as people sit and enjoy their food.

In terms of food, we have a variety of Vietnamese and Chinese options. As learned from VSA’s recent Cuisine Night event, we have ordered sufficient food to accommodate the large expected attendance and considered many vegetarian options. On top of all this, we have dessert! We will have traditional New Years cake, known as Nian Gao, cuties, fortune cookies, Vietnamese Banh Cam, and an assortment of candies. For Loyola students, this is free admission and with free food, so we hope to see many LUC students attend!

New Years is primarily a time for celebration with friends and family. It is a perfect time to get together and have fun with each other. We hope that the Year of the Dog brings you luck, happiness, and prosperity to you and success will happen throughout the year!

See YOU at our event on Tuesday, February 13 6pm at Damen MPR!

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Belmont

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Belmont

This is Belmont. Doors open on the right at Belmont, transfer to Purple and Brown line trains at Belmont. This is a train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the sixth installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your blogger, Miguel Molina! Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats, treats, and sights down at the CTA’s Belmont stop. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

  • Getting There:

There are three ways that I would recommend getting to Belmont, depending on where you live and with time considered. The first way is the easiest. You can take the CTA Red line down from Loyola straight into Belmont station (toward 95th). This may take around 25-30 minutes, give or take. Or, you can take the Intercampus shuttle from the Lakeshore Campus to the Water Tower Campus and take the El from Chicago and State north toward Belmont (only four stop away). Lastly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft, depending on the size of the group you are traveling with, and what time of day you are planning to visit the area.

  • Main Attractions:

Unabridged Bookstore: If you know me, you know that I love bookstores! Of the many bookstores that I have visited this one has one of the greatest selections as well as the best deals (for a college student’s budget). One part of the store is dedicated solely for bargain books. No, it is not like a Barnes & Noble bargain section where all the books that people do not want to read are on the shelf. Instead, it is the complete opposite. Here, all the books are new and cost typically between $6-8. One time, I was able to buy James Joyce’s Ulysses for $7 and F Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise for only $6. They also offer an extensive selection of nonfiction/fiction, history, and surprisingly a quality foreign language selection. This is where I go to get my Spanish literature! If you are into classics, the bookstore also has bookshelves stocked with Penguin Classics as well as other classics from Wuthering Heights to Origin of Species to The City of God. You will be booked!

http://www.unabridgedbookstore.com 

Reckless Records: Oldies but goodies! Do you consider yourself to be an old soul? This is the place for you! This shop feels like you are back in the 1970s with a calming atmosphere with place decked out with records, CDs, and more. Whether you are a collector yourself or looking for an LP for your dad’s/mom’s collection, check this shop out.

https://www.reckless.com

  • It’s Time to Eat:  

Jennivee’s Bakery: With tasty cupcakes, cakes, and pastries; Jennivee’s Bakery pays homage to traditional baking techniques with a modern, unique twist! Owned by Jennivee herself, this shabby-chic style cafe is a place to try Filipino flavors (such as coconut, mango, and purple yam) in a slice of cake or beautiful cupcake. Her goal is to make these flavors and bring them into the mainstream for all to appreciate an underappreciated cuisine in a sweet way. This is a great place to visit with friends and have a sampling of her different desserts. I suggest trying her mango creme cake and her Ube cake and/or cupcake while you are there!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/restaurants/ct-jennivees-bakery-filipino-american-food-0802-20170727-story.html

Aloha Poke: What is the best way to describe Hawaiian poke? A deconstructed sushi roll! Poke is a simple dish with a beautiful presentation. It is healthy, fresh, and tastes so good!!! Here is what I recommend (Miggy’s choice): Get a little poke bowl, have a base of white sushi rice, marinated salmon (has sesame and shoyu sauce), cucumber, seaweed, crunch, tobiko (fish eggs), avocado, and a drizzle of yuzu ranch! This is a great place for a quick and tasty meal!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/aloha-poke-chicago-6

BIG & little’s Restaurant: This cash only restaurant is a great place to eat on a student budget for QUALITY food! This place has a true smorgasbord of different types of foods for you to sample. Unlike the others on this list, this restaurant has a selection from many various types of flavors. For example, there are seven types of fish tacos, nine meat tacos, two poke tacos, eleven unique burgers, and five po-boy’s, just to name a few! Most of these items are under $7-8. Make sure you check out their tasty fries as well to pair with your food.

https://www.bigandlittleschicago.com

Still hungry and looking for more to visit? Be sure to tune in February 20, 2018 as we go and start to explore more of the north side as we stop at Addison, Home to the Chicago Cubs on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.  

What Did I Expect?

What Did I Expect?

I think one of America’s biggest stereotypes of Chinese students is that they are very, well, studious. It may not always seem that American students are just as much, especially if you aren’t in university or don’t know many.

But trust me. Even in Chicago, even in Rome, especially in China, we American students have our nose to the grindstone! That’s really been what I’ve been up to. Study, study, study! I feel like I need to learn Chinese to talk to my grandparents and to get around here in Beijing, but if I never learned more I would be okay. Not too great, but alright.

Like I said last post, though, some people came here with no Chinese experience. In fact, one girl never left her home city before coming all the way here! She’s very brave. So everyone is studying very hard – I’m actually sitting in the quiet section of our lounge right now, and every sitting spot is taken. And it’s a Sunday night! The only sounds I can hear are the clicking of keys, the smacking of pens being flipped around, and music slipping out of people’s headphones. And the sipping of bubble tea.

Of course bubble tea! It’s China! Although boba has only swept into mainstream American foods/treats in the recent years, I have to say, we practically landed here right onto a bubble tea stand – I feel like there’s not an hour that goes by without me seeing the drink in someone’s hand. Here, you can get it warm too for this cold, cold weather. I never knew that in America! Trust me, if you haven’t tried bubble tea before, you absolutely should. Even if you don’t like tapioca pearls or the textures of the myriad other things you can put in it, there’s an endless variety of options. You can get it without the bubbles, in hundreds of ways! Plus here, unlike some places in the US that I’ve had, you can also get different levels of sugar and ice depending on your preference. Talk about endless options!

What else has been surprising but shouldn’t have? Well, I’m sure I already mentioned the heaven of food I have here. And how cheap everything is? This past weekend, I bought a blanket from the shop Uniqlo for 79 kuai, or about ten dollars. China’s really big on bike riding, and they have bike-sharing companies where you can rent a bike… for one kuai an hour. So if you bike twenty minutes to the mall like me, it’s just straight up free. Uh, yes please! Faster is less cold!

I guess another thing is that most students here at TBC aren’t from Loyola University Chicago. In Rome, I’d say about 80% of the students were LUC students, but here it’s less tightly knit with Chicago, so out of the 38 of us here, there are only maybe fifteen or so LUC students. Sure, we’re the biggest school here, but not the majority of people. Many people here are the only ones from their schools! But it makes it really fun and interesting. My Chinese classmate (since there’s only two of us) is from Stonehill College in the northeast, and their school is about the size of my highschool, so she knows practically everyone there. Whereas at Chicago, there’s more people I don’t know then people I do, which is the fun of it – there’s always more people to meet!

One of my favorite things here is that we’ve been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender together recently. Not all of us at the same time, of course, we can’t all fit on the couch, but that’s the fun of a common lounge only for us – friends can pop in and out as much as they want! I like this small group a lot. Many people are nervous for our upcoming two weeks in Yunnan province, though, because fourteen days in close quarters with 37 other people can be tricky and hard, especially for the introverts. The other Ricci scholars and I aren’t too worried, since we survived ten days in Greece with 50 people, but it should be an experience. Next week and the week after is Chinese New Year, and I’ll be on the road, so I may not be able to post much, but I’ll make it up to you! Hang tight, and I’ll see you on next time!

 

Also, no pictures again this week. So sorry! I had to battle the internet for a few hours today and we’re both tired from that match.

Did Someone Say…Games?

Did Someone Say…Games?

BE GAME FOR GAME NIGHT!!! Be sure to stop by Palm Court on February 7th 6pm to play Pakistani games and meet the E-board members. Food and drinks will be served!

Come enjoy a night full of fun and games! Meet our E-board members and challenge your friends to your favorite board and card games including Ludo and Carrom! Ludo and Carrom are very popular games played in the Pakistani culture, and if you’ve never played, you’re in for a treat, and a challenge! Stop by for PIZZA, drinks, and to learn about our upcoming events!

Games include:
Ludo
Carrom
Playing Cards
Twister
Uno
Taboo
Jenga
Cards against Humanity


WEDNESDAY February 7th at 6 PM
Mundelein Center, Palm Court
*This event is for Loyola Students only*

Be sure to check out the promotional videos for this event on Loyola Pakistani Students’ Association Facebook page!