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Farewell: A Final Reflection of My First Year of College

Farewell: A Final Reflection of My First Year of College


When I was looking for schools, I thought about my future, what kind of person I would become, how I could possibly fit in with everyone, and if the prestige and academic standards were too high for me. Nonetheless, I went with my guts and chose to attend Loyola. Still to this day, I have no regrets about that decision.

From the very beginning, every new student was required to go to an 2-day and 1-overnight stay at Loyola. Even then, I was incredibly nervous. I knew nobody and my social skills weren’t so good. Plus, I have never been in a dorm before nor have I slept elsewhere besides my own room. Anyways, on the first day of orientation, I was put into a small group of 10 other students and to this day, I still know 5 of them very well. We are close friends! That evening, night, and next day flew by so quickly because I had people to talk to which made everything else much more bearable for me.


When school started, I had to adjust to extended school hours (some classes ended at 3:46PM and others at 5:30pm for me). With that, I had to learn how to use my free time wisely. Never in my life did I have so much independence. I used my free time for getting school work completed, visiting teachers during their office hours, going to mass, eating outside in the quad, and more.

Commuting! Especially for commuters, things can and will get rough and challenging. Weather conditions can get in the way (mostly in the winter) and because you live at home, there are home obligations in addition to the academic obligations.  If you would like to know more about this, I have two blog posts on my commuting experiences on my page.

From January onward, I hit a personal barrier. A family situation had come up and it affected my academic performance and physical and emotional state. Despite that, I sought out help through my academic advisor, psychologist from the Wellness Center, Dean of Students, and Financial Aid Director. I am happy to say that things are slowly getting better for me and hopefully by the start of fall semester, I will be completely up on my feet and ready to start anew.

Throughout the school year, I was a part of the American Medical Student Association, Vietnamese American Student Association, and Off-Campus Commuter Life group. It helped get me active within the Loyola community and along the way, I made more friends! I plan to continue joining all these groups next school year in addition to A.C.E., a group that pertains to students of low-income, first-generation, and more.

As I conclude this final blog post of this school year, I want to thank all of you readers for wanting to read my blog posts and go through my Loyola journey. Also, hopefully you had the opportunity to learn more about me, my hobbies and interests, and more. It was a privilege to blog and represent Loyola and I hope I have the wonderful opportunity to resume Rambler’s Pie: A Fresh Slice of Loyola starting next semester.

All the best,



(being eaten by a dinosaur at Loyola’s Scholars Night at the Field Museum)




From the beginning of the spring semester, there have been things within the family that have significantly affected my academic performance. I was struggling to keep a focused mindset in my classes and I found myself lost in every aspect. After a month passed, I decided to go to my academic adviser for support and advice. After a couple of appointments with her, she was able to connect me with people who could help me out. Mentally, she recommended visiting the Wellness Center. Financially, she referred me to a financial associate (who was also a good and close friend of hers). Academically, I began attending tutoring sessions more often and made the ultimate decision, through the guidance of the Dean of Students, to drop one of my classes.

The point is, Loyola has many people specifically dedicated to help you in every way. They have dealt with many diverse situations and have enough experience to help guide students in the right direction. For me, most of the times it is hard to accept the fact that I need help from others; I am usually independent. But when family problems arise and it is abrupt, sometimes it is preferable to have others to support and have your back. I understand that there are many obstacles that I will have to face in the future, but as a dear friend once old me, I should take things a day at a time.

Slowly and surely, I know things will get better. With a positive outlook on things and motivation to succeed, I know I will have a bright and happy future.


Wellness Fair 2013

Wellness Fair 2013

Today was the 11th annual Wellness Fair which took place from 1:00pm -4:00pm in the Damen Student Center. Students were able to get free flu shots, free massages, and even free manicures!