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Apply to a lot of schools regardless of where they are located or how much they cost. You never know where the money will come from, and a school that you never considered before may end up being the one you feel most comfortable at and that you choose to be your home for the next four years.
The best thing about Loyola is its size and location. I love that all my classes are small and all my teachers know my name and that I know the majority of the people I see walking around campus. My high school was bigger in population than the Loyola undergrad program, which is so nice because I was ready for a change and I didn’t want to be lost in the numbers anymore. I also love love LOVE the size of our campus… I have this habit of always being late to things, and because our campus is so small, I never have to worry about being late to class because it takes me literally five minutes to get from my dorm at the back of campus to the Communications building right at the front of campus.
Loyola is also located in what I consider the best part of
The culture down here is unlike anything you will find anywhere else in the world. There is so much diversity and so much to do; you’re never able to have a dull moment in a city like this. The food is amazing and you will never be able to enjoy seafood from another place once you’ve been here, because when you eat here for four years, you get spoiled. There are so many festivals and concerts to go to and so many different parts of New Orleans (such as the Warehouse District, the French Quarter, and Uptown) that all have such a distinct environment that you get a different experience every night in the same city. The people are so friendly and enjoy sitting and talking for hours. I love how if you come down here, you need a dictionary or Rosetta Stone just to understand what the locals are talking about… i.e. Who Dat Nation, Snowballs, Tchoupitoulas St., Boudin Balls, and all the names of the Mardi Gras Krewes. It’s such a unique experience that none of my friends who stayed in-state for school have any comparison to.
My favorite place to go in
My favorite place on campus would have to be the dorms, more specifically Carrollton Hall where I live. I love sitting in my room talking to my roommates or having a chick flick movie night, and it’s so nice not only to live on campus and be able to stop by your home whenever you feel like it, but also to be living in the same building that all of your friends live in so that whenever you go downstairs or wander the halls, you see everyone that you know. I also love stopping by random friends rooms whenever I feel like it to have a midnight snack or to see if they’re up for a random adventure.
I really like the Po Boy Festival on
I also really enjoy going to Loup Garou every year. It’s a concert that the student government puts on for the students every spring. It’s held at the House of Blues in the Quarter and it’s always fun to go and listen to music with your friends. Plus, the tickets are only five dollars so it’s a cheap way to have a good time on a college budget. J
I’m going abroad Spring 2011 to the
I think the main thing I will take away from Loyola is a better understanding of the people around me. Before I came to Loyola, all my friends had similar beliefs and lifestyles. At Loyola, I met so many diverse people from all over the world and I got to learn about so many cultures, religions, and different perspectives that people can take on the same issue that are separate from my own. I think Loyola does a really good job with teaching you how to work with people you may not think you have things in common with and through this, they broaden your network of friends and peers. Loyola also does a good job through Socratic discussions, various group projects, volunteer work, and clubs at teaching you that you don’t have to agree with everyone – you just have to learn to respect their differing views and educate yourself about the different ways to look at a topic. I also think that the wide range of classes that make up the common curriculum requirements for Loyola help to expand your knowledge base and look into other fields of study that maybe aren’t as traditional as your major.