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A Series of Firsts: My First Year at Loyola

A Series of Firsts: My First Year at Loyola

November 12th, 2018

I came to Loyola more than a year ago, not knowing what was in store for me. I had visited campus only once before Orientation, and this would be my first time studying abroad and living on my own. But I was still very excited about meeting new people and starting my academic formation in […]


Spring Festival? Spring Festivities!

Spring Festival? Spring Festivities!

February 28th, 2018

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 […]


Ni hao from China!

Ni hao from China!

January 24th, 2018

Coming to you live (and early) from Beijing, I’m abroad once more and feeling great! (So far.) A lot has happened in the past week, but I won’t bore you with the orientation details. Let me just tell you about some of the surprises I’ve been having, and will continue to have, in this chapter […]


Rome is Home

Rome is Home

December 5th, 2017

Well, it’s wild. I only have two more weeks here. Where in the world did the time go? I can’t believe it. I feel like just last week we landed, just yesterday I was in Greece for Fall Break, just an hour ago it was summer. And now the clock is ticking, everyone is preparing […]


The Adventure is Happening!

The Adventure is Happening!

September 28th, 2017

As I write this, I’m on a bus towards Cinque Terre, a particularly beautiful cluster of Italian seaside towns. And it’s only a part of my journey so far. Hi everyone! I’m Jessica Xi, junior of Loyola aiming for majors in International Studies and History, and minors in Leadership Studies and Chinese. Above is a […]


My Study Abroad Experience

My Study Abroad Experience

September 5th, 2017

If you are following me from my past school year’s blog, you may remember that I mentioned that I was planning to study abroad the summer of 2017. Initially, I planned on studying abroad in London, England for a class in International Public Relations, however, due to a very tense climate the month prior to […]


Study Abroad: Summer Faculty Program

Study Abroad: Summer Faculty Program

February 21st, 2017

When going to Loyola Admission talks or going on Loyola’s Study Abroad site, I am sure they talked about how we have three hubs in three big cities; The John Felice Rome Center in Italy, The Beijing Center in China, and The Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh City. However, did you know that you […]


With the Swipe of a Ventra Card

With the Swipe of a Ventra Card

November 22nd, 2016

Chicago is often seen as a city of diverse and unique neighborhoods, this is an understatement. Each of these neighborhoods are homes to different cultures, identities, and backgrounds that all make Chicago the city it is. One of the greatest perks of being a Loyola student is the Ventra card. This blue card, that is […]


Revisiting Summer

Revisiting Summer

September 7th, 2016

After [spring] finals week, I always fathom about what kind of summer I am going to have, what am I going to do, am I going to be productive…the list is endless. As a native Chicagoan, you would think that I would roam the streets of the Magnificent Mile or take a typical touristy picture […]


Summer is Coming

Summer is Coming

April 28th, 2016

  As we wrap up the projects and exams and say goodbye to our freshman year, It’s interesting to look back and see just how much we’ve changed over the last nine months. In August I was eighteen and anxious. I started this year without any friends, I started this year with a roommate, I […]