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Catherine O'Brien

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Hi! I’m Cat O’Brien, and I’m a sophomore here at Loyola. Originally from Richland, Michigan, I’m thrilled to be living in the exciting city of Chicago. I’m majoring in English/secondary education with a minor in ESL studies. In my spare time I nanny for an awesome family in Rogers Park and I am involved with UNICEF, Loyola 4 Chicago, and Christmas on Campus. Welcome to my blog!

Moms Weekend

Moms Weekend

November 11th, 2013

As a senior in college you begin to cherish the time that you still have as an undergrad. My roommates and I realize that we may be living in completely separate parts of the country at this time next year. This has helped us to use our time wisely and do really fun things. One […]


Fall Break

Fall Break

October 3rd, 2013

It’s already October! Which means that it’s time for fall break! We are lucky at Loyola because not all schools have a fall break. Fall break is essentially a four-day weekend because we get Monday and Tuesday off. A lot of students will take this time to go back home or visit friends else ware. […]


Fostering A Dog In College

Fostering A Dog In College

September 29th, 2013

I am an avid dog-lover. I grew up with a family dog my entire life and sorely miss my dog while I am at school. So you can imagine how often I find myself wishing that I had my dog, or any dog for that matter, with me at school to cuddle and play with. […]


The Third Week Of Classes

September 10th, 2013

Somehow time has once again fooled me into believing that I had more time than I thought. I can not believe that it is already the third week of classes! If you ask me, it still feels like the first week, or the infamous “syllabus week”. This is a wonderful week during which professors spend […]


Coming Home From A Summer Abroad

Coming Home From A Summer Abroad

September 4th, 2013

I’m home! I’m back to my home at Loyola as well as my home in America. I spent the summer abroad in Ghana, Africa. I was in Ghana for two and a half months, both volunteering and studying abroad. I studied through a program called USAC that Loyola partners with to help students go global. […]


Damen Ball

Damen Ball

April 28th, 2013

On Friday, Loyola concluded its Weekend of Excellence with the annual Damen Ball, a dinner and dance that celebrates the accomplishments of students and faculty over the year.  This year, the event was held downtown at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. The excitement for this year’s Damen Ball seemed to be at an all time high.  Tickets […]


Political Science Lecture Series

Political Science Lecture Series

April 28th, 2013

One of the greatest parts of attending a university like Loyola is the many academic opportunities offered to students.  Over the past weeks, the Political Science Department has been hosting a series of lectures on various international issues.  On Friday afternoon, I attended one of the lectures.  Bethany Barratt, a research scholar and professor from […]


Preparing For Finals

April 23rd, 2013

This week is the last week of classes before finals.  For many students, this week is just as difficult, if not more difficult, than finals themselves.  As the semester comes to a close, the last couple of weeks are almost always packed with lengthy term papers and final projects. One of the most daunting assignments […]


The Megabus

April 22nd, 2013

When you are a student from out of state, it can be expensive to go home for school breaks or weekend visits.  Plane tickets can cost hundreds of dollars, and it is not always easy having a car in the big city.  Thankfully, there are other, less expensive options for those students needing a trip […]


Spring Has (Almost) Sprung

Spring Has (Almost) Sprung

April 14th, 2013

It is hard to believe that we have entered the spring season when temperatures remain below forty degrees in Chicago.  As less windy cities experience sunny days and warm weather, Chicago seems to be trapped in one of its notorious six month winters. Thankfully, there is hope!  Over the past couple of weeks, there have […]