Author: Antoinette Isama

My name is Antoinette Isama and I'm a senior at Loyola. I was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and I am also a first-generation Nigerian. I'm majoring in journalism with minors in international studies and anthropology. This year I am winding down my time at Loyola and exploring the resources available to help me reach my next step after undergrad! Being involved on campus and exploring the Chicago were (and are!) full of great experiences that has made my time at Loyola worth while.
Enjoying My Residence Hall For One More Week

Enjoying My Residence Hall For One More Week

This year I was assigned to Fordham Hall with the same roommate from my freshman year. We lived on the 12th floor with a great view of the city!

We always enjoyed watching the sun rise and watching the sun set on clear days. The hues of the sky relax us from our stressful days and make us grateful for having the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only attend Loyola University Chicago, but to be in environment where we can observe and enjoy nature.

The tall windows in our room allows the natural light come in and we are also able to look out and reflect.

I will definitely miss living in Fordham because of the large spaces and the kitchen. We both loved to cook! The kitchen also helped us eat healthy and enjoy the food we missed from home during freshman year. We took it upon ourselves to make it on our own!

As this week comes to an end ans as I start my final exams next week, I will definitely take in the days and nights watching the sun rise and the sun set. These are moments to never take advantage of!

As The Semester Comes To An End…

As The Semester Comes To An End…

I truly cannot believe that my sophomore year is virtually over!

I cannot wait for finals to come and go, but I anticipate continuing to find my calling and my way with the time I have left at Loyola University Chicago. I now will be advised through the School of Communication, so I can have the guidance and perspective of those that are active in the field in regards to questions and concerns I have about anything.

This year was very stressful, but very rewarding. While pushing myself to improve my grades and enroll in challenging courses, I was able to balance academics with activities that I am passionate about. I am excited to continue the work I have done to build community on this campus, and I am also excited to explore what more I can do!

Weekend of Excellence Re-Cap

Weekend of Excellence Re-Cap

This past weekend was the first time I have attended the Weekend of Excellence. The many awards ceremonies and celebrations that Loyola University Chicago holds recognizes students that have been active leaders on our campus.

I was fortunate to be nominated for the Emerging Leader Award at the Diversity Awards hosted by the department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Although I did not win, I am ever so grateful that I was recognized for the work I do to build community on campus.

Friends of mine were recipients for the Damen Awards and some were inducted into the Maroon and Gold Society. Attending this event was also an enjoyable time because I was able to share the joy my friends had when receiving their pins and plaques.

On Sunday, the last Weekend of Excellence event was the Scholarship Brunch, where I met the donors of my scholarship. This opportunity was a treat, for I was able to put a face to my blessing and I was also able to thank them and show gratitude for their gift.

As I finish this week of classes, my experience this past weekend encourages me to keep working hard so I can follow in my friends’ footsteps and continue to make a difference on our campus.

Watacheza – Let Them Dance

Watacheza – Let Them Dance

For a good part of the semester, I along with the executive board members of African Student Alliance and AfroDescent have been planning this event for the Loyola community that will take place tomorrow!

Watacheza (Swahili for “they will dance”) is an event where we are offering free African dance classes, a cultural component with Minianka Dance Ensemble, and great food and music! We wish to end the year right with sharing our love for African dance with Loyola in Centennial Forum Student Union.

The classes we are offering are South African dance, West African drum and dance, and Khaleeji belly dancing (North African style).

I am excited for this event because this is the first time we have done this, and with the help of the department of Student Activities and Greek Affairs, this would not have been possible. They have helped us with every step not only with this event, but with all our events we host throughout the year. By helping us stay on top of space reservations, performers contracts, catering, and promoting, we come to these events with a good turnout.

The good turnout makes all this planning worth while, along with those who are not familiar with African culture to walk away with something new. That is what I am looking forward to on Saturday!

School of Communication and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Event

School of Communication and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Event

On Tuesday, my classmates from my media law class and myself attended a free media law workshop that was hosted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and the School of Communication. The workshop covered gaining access to court records and proceedings.

The RCFP has provided free legal advice, resources, support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and Freedom of Information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies.

Representatives from the RCFP provided a folder full of vital information for journalists in regards to how to access public federal records and the Illinois reporter’s privilege. I will definitely keep this safe for future use.

It was really interesting and thought-provoking to hear what was shared at this workshop because not only does this help me remember what I have learned in my media law class, it shows that this will be of importance to me in my future career as a journalist.

In regards to that thought, I also think about how opportunities like these are so important for my development and perspective. The School of Communication has been very adamant in providing opportunities to have students and people in the field come together and have these conversations.

Happy Easter in Advance!

Happy Easter in Advance!

I really need this short break!

I am pretty sure I have gotten about 12 to 15 hours of sleep for the past week and a half. The trip home does not mean that I’m off the hook from schoolwork! I’ll be studying for a test I have next Tuesday.

It will be nice to see my family. I have not been home since winter break! Easter is a cherished holy day in my family, so it will be nice to spend it with them and continue our traditions.

This is to wish all those who view College Admission at Loyola’s blog a happy Easter in advance! Enjoy your time with your family and friends! I know I will!

Flashing Lights: Black Cultural Center Fashion Show

Flashing Lights: Black Cultural Center Fashion Show

On March 31, 2012, I had the joy of participating in the Loyola University Chicago Black Cultural Center‘s fifth annual fashion show. This is my second year participating as a model. It is always a great opportunity to be involved in a collaborative effort like this, because along with the hard work, I get to meet new people, especially first year students.

In preparation for the fashion show, we work with a consulting company. They help us find local designers to wear clothes for the show, and they train us to walk and pose like professional models. It is always nerve wracking in the beginning, especially for me, because I can be shy. But the confidence does come out eventually, and practicing for the show ends up being a lot of fun.

This year, we were able to wear clothes from Plato’s Closet, Enstrumental (photographed above), That Girl Boutique and many more. We even featured a swim suit fashion line for the first time.

The staging and lighting were great, and the audience enjoyed the show as well. This is an event that I definitely look forward to at Loyola every year.

School of Communication and Chicago Headline Club Event

School of Communication and Chicago Headline Club Event

On Tuesday, I took the opportunity to attend an event that the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication and the Chicago Headline Club hosted on the effects trauma has on journalists.

The panel discussion included Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Julie Lieblich and Dr. Frank Ochberg, all of the DART Society. The event was moderated by Randi Belisomo of WGN.

The discussion was very informative for me, as an aspiring journalist because they explained the four stages of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and how this condition can effect the work and well being of journalists. Some of the journalists on the panel, have been in the field so they gave advice and recommendations as to how to deal with reporting stories on traumatic events.

The discussion also covered how to handle the grief of the subject and the grief of  journalists themselves, when to know to stop the story if the subject would not like to continue and to be open to sharing and talking about traumatic experiences on the field with others.

An important lesson that I took out of this event was to enter a place of gratitude and humility whenever I am covering a story on traumatic events and interviewing victims. I also learned that journalists cannot protect victims from the aftermath of a traumatic event.

I really appreciate an event like this, especially since I am learning the realities of a field that I seek to enter into. I definitely plan on looking into experiences like this and what else I will face as a journalist.

AfroDescent Performs at MGC’s Triple S Show

AfroDescent Performs at MGC’s Triple S Show

Click here to see the fun! – Triple S Show Performance

On Thursday, the dance group that I choreograph for, AfroDescent, had the opportunity to perform for the Multicultural Greek Council’s Triple S Show. The “s” in Triple S stands for step, stroll and salute, three elements that are very important in multicultural Greek life.

The dance that we practiced very hard for is called the “Azonto,” a style that has emerged out of the cities of Ghana. With the Azonto, one can tell a story while grooving with the down beat of the music. It is a style that allows the freedom of forming one’s own style, while staying in sync with who you are dancing with. The link above shows our take on the new style.

We had a blast performing at this event. Mundelein Auditorium was virtually full of people from different sororities and fraternities from Chicagoland schools and students of the Loyola community. I hope you enjoy our video!