|Organizations:||Phi Kappa Psi (Vice President), Ignacio Volunteers, Ambassadors, Sigma Alpha Nu Jesuit Honors Society, Theatre Department Productions|
Every person should visit the schools they are looking at before making a final choice. A university can give you a lot of statistics and facts about their colleges, send counselors and alumni to recruit you, and even show you pictures and videos of the campus; but, nothing compares to actually visiting the place and seeing it with your own eyes. Remember that you will be living there for the next four or five year of your life. The campus really does become your home. You wouldn’t buy a house with out inspecting it first. Think of universities in the same way. Look around. Talk to the people on campus. Ask yourself if you feel comfortable and at home. It is much easier to learn in an environment that you feel right in.
My first visit to campus was when I was about thirteen. No, I was not a child prodigy and ready to begin my higher education when beginning puberty. My oldest sister was a junior in high school and my family was on a road trip looking at schools for both she and my other sister who was a year behind her. It turns out that all three of the kids in my family were sold on Loyola that day. Both of my sisters chose Loyola and, while they were attending, I stayed with them on campus at least once semester. In fact, the only semester I missed was due to Katrina. It was during those visits that I fell in love with the easy going and vivacious nature of the campus and by the time I started at Loyola I felt like I was moving onto familiar ground. Loyola has a habit of attracting siblings. Perhaps it is because the Loyola’s small campus community really does feel like a family.
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Greek Life at Loyola is quite different from most schools. To start, none of the Greek organizations have official Sorority or Fraternity houses with their letters on the front of the house. The effect of this is that members of Greek life remain active members of the Loyola Community. Sororities and Fraternities at Loyola are quite a bit smaller than the average school and many find that they are able to make close relationships with all the people in their organizations while still having friends outside of their organizations. I am very active in my Fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, but I still have many good friends in other Greek organizations and those that are not involved in Greek life at all. Through affiliations with my Fraternity, I have had the opportunity to put into action many of the things I have learned in classes- including organizing large service events and concerts, assembling and analyzing a budget, putting together dynamic committees, testing out management styles, and traveling around the country and the world.