Tag: Pre-Health

Loyola lets you do AWESOME things:

Loyola lets you do AWESOME things:


As a Sophomore at Loyola, I had the opportunity to take the EXCM 101: Introduction to Exercise Physiology course as did many others. This introductory exercise science class is a service learning course that connects Loyola students with Chicago Public Schools’ physical education and health teachers. It has been a great experience to observe and work with children who go to underfunded schools and don’t have as many resources as do private schools. It was nice to help out these teachers and also gain a learning experience.

Each student in the introductory class is assigned to a local CPS school and have different tasks depending on what their interest is. These activities and lessons are focused on fitness and health. I volunteered in a health class from grades K-5, but others have volunteered with after school sports programs, recess, or helped during physical education class.

It was nice to see a wide range of ages. The lessons I observed and assisted with was based on sex education, so younger students learned about good touching vs. bad touching, whereas the older they got, they learned about puberty, how the body works, male and female body parts, etc. Of course the reactions were priceless, but it is so important that these children are exposed to this information because they become aware of these important aspects at an early age and know what to do depending on what situation they can potentially be placed in.

Loyola students are helping CPS with the LearnWELL Initiative which promotes physical activity and healthy eating choices in school. Doing so allows Loyola students to fulfill their service learning hours which is a requirement by the University. it is easily done and also helps the school meet their students’ needs.

“It does vary,” said Karen Berg, director of clinical placements and experiential learning at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. “At some schools, we are supporting after school sports because that’s really the best fit for Loyola students to be volunteering. In others, we’re in the classroom supporting the health education teachers. We’re supporting PE instructors, and we’re also supporting recess. It really is identified by the school themselves—they’re identifying what is best for them.”

Stephanie Wilson, director of the Exercise Science Program says “They truly find it rewarding. These children really count on the Loyola students to show up. They almost look for these students on the day and the time that they’re supposed to come. I think our students recognize that and are confident and proud in the end that they have given something back to the community.”

These are the little things that go so far in our community. Loyola has done a great job in connecting with the community and offering a helping hand. It allows students’ to step out of their comfort zone sometimes and be able to have a hands on experience. This exercise science course has allowed Loyola students to have the chance to give something back and also gain insight for future plannings.

Career Development & Pre-Health Advising

Career Development & Pre-Health Advising



The Career Development offices and Pre-Health Advising, are two great resources students should take of advantage of. Located on the second floor of Sullivan Center, these offices provide support to students in all realms.

The Career Development have staff that are ready to help you at all times, with walk-in hours. You can get help with writing your resume, prepping for a job interview, and learning professional etiquette. They can also help expose you to more opportunities such as internships and volunteering in areas that may be of interest to you.

Some advisors from this office also teach the course: UNIV 224 (Career and Life Planning Seminar). This is a class that I have taken last semester. I can tell you that this course has helped me narrow down my career choices and help me understand myself better (who I am, what am I capable of doing, and how have I prepared myself so far).

The Pre-Health offices are very useful too. Many medical students who graduated from Loyola have said that they visit this office very consistently and frequently. I have used this office a couple of times, but not as much as the Career Development office  because I am a sophomore and have not started studying for the MCAT and searching for medical schools to attend. Most likely, I will use this office more in the future.

Many members of the pre-health offices are doctors, so they are able to give you accurate and trustworthy information regarding everything medical.

So my fellow prospective LUC students… Fear not of college. You are in good hands. You will have the support and guidance you need to succeed in the future after you graduate! 😀




Choosing a College Major VS Undecided

Choosing a College Major VS Undecided


While there are over 80 majors and minors to choose from at Loyola, believe it or not, one of the most popular majors in college these days is UNDECIDED! So don’t be afraid or embarrassed if that’s your current major of choice; you have plenty of time to finalize your choice during the first two years.  If you apply as a traditional Undecided student, you will be admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences which is home to most of the majors on-campus (but you can easily do an internal-transfer to the other schools should you choose a different major). Or, if you know you want to major in something related to business, you can choose the Undecided Business major so you’ll be enrolled in the Quinlan School of Business, but you’ll have time to narrow it down from there.

If you apply undecided, there are many different resources on campus designed to help you choose a major:

There is only one major at Loyola that is impossible to transfer into and that is Nursing. So if you are interested in nursing, be sure to indicate that on your incoming freshmen application, as you can transfer out but you cannot transfer in (even if it’s only your second day at Loyola and you started as a Biology major). You are able to transfer into any other major, so again, don’t be hesitant to apply undecided!

It’s more important to submit your application in a timely manner instead of waiting because you can’t choose a major. However, if you are certain which major you identify with, be sure to indicate that on your application, because all of our programs are direct-entry, so you are admitted to them and will begin in that program on you first day of classes.

All of our majors fall under these different undergraduate schools:

Good luck, future Ramblers!




Loyola’s Pre-Med Track

Loyola’s Pre-Med Track

One of the reasons why I chose to attend Loyola was because of its good reputation on everything science-related. Since I aspire to become a doctor, I knew I was going down the right path when I was put into the Pre-Med (Pre-Health) track. This track requires students to enroll in specific courses to help them get into medical school and so on and so forth. These classes include: Biology, Organic Chemistry, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Physics, etc. Yes, these might seem like difficult, challenging classes (and yes, to me, some of them are hard), but they really help you prepare for the MCAT and ultimately allow you to develop a doctor-like mindset with medical terminology and talents.

If you are indecisive on what career to choose (with your Pre-med track), fear not! Loyola has a wonderful service in the Career Development Center that have a group of people solely dedicated to Pre-Health counseling. They can help guide you down your dream career by narrowing down your interests and abilities. Personally, I have met with them numerous times and they have successfully helped me out!

I understand that going down the medical field may be long, challenging, and tiring, it is truly worth it in the end. You simply must have the will-power and strength to carry yourself onward.


Medical Brigades

Medical Brigades

Are you on the pre-med track, or anything health care related?  Well, have you heard of Loyola’s Global Brigades?

Here you will find all the information on this wonderful opportunity for you, and Loyola peers, to go abroad and shadow doctors, pharmacists, dentists, work triages, and much more!

Click on the link BELOW to see my personal experience from my 2012 Panama Global Brigade!