All About Me

All About Me

Hello Blog Readers! My name is Amanda Henderson, and I am going to be a Junior at Loyola University in Chicago!

Total Disney nerd in their natural habitat

I am currently a Psychology-Neuroscience double major on the Pre-medical track with a minor in Leadership Studies. Yes, that is a mouthful, but it encompasses all that I am: a Type- A nerd who has a whole lot of different interests in a ton different fields.

I binge watch (and listen) to everything True Crime (I have seen every single Forensic Files and listen to My Favorite Murder), love learning about High Energy Physics and Antimatter, absolutely despise popcorn and cereal, and advocate for more visibility for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Growing up as a little gay kid in a small republican town way west of Chicago, I wanted to experience a more vibrant and exciting environment (more exciting then Oswego’s threshold of watching highways take 4 years to get redone). I knew I wanted to get my undergrad in Chicago, but because I was a stuck up teenager, I refused to apply anywhere my parents wanted me to apply. After finally receiving a death threat, I completed Loyola’s application in less than 15 minutes, and sulked away to my room.

Then came the fun time of touring after I got accepted. After a screaming match occurred to get me into the car to go visit Loyola, off we went past the corn fields to enter the land of sky scrapers and rat infestations.

But in reality, I was truly unprepared for what I was about to see. After being pushed out of the car and dragged to Sullivan Center for Student Services, I made eye contact with the vast body of water behind the IC.

And from that moment on, I was hooked.

(Took this after pulling an all-nighter in the IC – totally worth it)

I felt a weird emotion inside of me, which I later figured out was happiness (Yes, as an angsty teenager, I didn’t feel too much joy on a daily basis.) I realized that I could finally have a chance to explore who I am, and do what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I loved the idea of having a fresh start, to fall in love with learning again, and find my internal motivation to succeed in life.

Which brings us to the soon start date of my Junior year of college! Halfway done, but yet so much more to do! I hope you are as optimistic as I am as I take this next step into the magical and stressful world of Adulting.

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