Wolf Pack Wednesday: First Week Success
Subject line: Make Week One a Success 💯
Sent: August 25, 2021
You did it! You’re officially a member of the Wolf Pack. We’re so thrilled to have you as part of the Loyola University New Orleans community. The work you do here will set the path for your life. You’ll make new friends, expand your understanding of the world, connect to the New Orleans community, and find what moves you.
We know that your first days at college can be overwhelming, and this is not a typical year by any means, but we are here to support you for every new obstacle and celebrate you for every new accomplishment. We have put together a few tips and reminders to help you stay on track and make the most out of your first semester. And don’t forget to reach out to your Krewe Leader with questions (or just to say hi) as you get settled into Loyola life.
An important part of your college experience is what you do beyond the classroom. While you are at school to gain an education, we make our Jesuit value of Cura Personalis, or care for the whole person, a priority. We encourage you to get connected with any of the hundreds of student organizations at Loyola—from anime to community service to creative arts and beyond. Use our engagement platform HowlConnect to find out what’s happening and join organizations.
Make sure to take a look at the awesome events taking place during Welcome Back Week: August 22-27! Check the "Events" tab on HowlConnect for more information on each event. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-865-3622.
And don’t forget to join our First Year Council if you’re interested in student government! You will get to learn about all different aspects of our SGA including: Senate, Finance Committee, University Programming Board, Communications Committee, Court of Review, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Committee and Homecoming Committee. For more information, please join our Chief of Staff Robert Morrison III. Complete the FYC application online. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Go to class!
Like we said before, you’re here to get an education, and that all starts by going to class. This may be obvious, but your success in college can be determined simply by your willingness to attend your classes. College courses work at a faster pace than you might have been used to before arriving here. Missing one class could mean that you miss out on two to three chapters worth of material. Don’t spend your first semester playing catch up.
Talk with professors!
Along with attending class, the ultimate key to succeeding academically is connecting with your professors. All of the professors here at Loyola have scheduled office hours set aside specifically so their students (i.e. you) can connect and ask questions about course material, assignments, advice, or simply have a conversation. Our faculty are experts in their fields and can serve as valuable resources, so please take advantage of them. We promise that they don’t bite!
Welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana! If you’re new to this part of the country, it can get pretty hot outside. If you grew up here, you’re perfectly aware of that fact. Because it can get very hot here, whether you are running laps or running late to class, make sure that you are staying hydrated. We have filtered water bottle filling stations all across campus. You can also stop by the C-Store and pick up a Powerade or Vitamin Water.
In addition to our knowledgeable faculty, you now have access to a whole team of support staff here to help you with any questions that may come up as you get adjusted. Below you’ll find answers to some of the more frequent questions we see from students around the start of the semester.
How do I get a hold of my advisor?
You can always schedule a meeting with our team of academic advisors and success coaches to discuss your schedule and academic plan for your time at Loyola. We also recommend that you check with the Dean’s office of your college to get assistance for your specific program.
When's the last day to drop or add a class?
The Academic Calendar will be your friend as you get used to your new schedule. August 27 (this Friday) is the last day to add a new course to your schedule. Friday, September 3 is the last day to drop a course.
How do I login to my accounts?
If you’re having trouble accessing or setting up any of your Loyola accounts (like your Loyola email or the SSO portal), check out our step-by-step guide or contact the IT Help Desk. Remember that once you log into your SSO portal, you’ll be able to access Canvas, LORA, the Public Health Portal, and other important platforms.
How do I find a building on campus?
View our interactive map to explore buildings on campus and access 360-degree panoramas of the spaces and places that you’ll get to know while you’re here. You can also watch our virtual tour video to learn some fun facts and history behind the buildings on campus!
Where can I park?
If you plan to park on campus for the semester, you should purchase a virtual parking permit through Loyola Parking Services. If you choose not to get a parking permit, you may search for street parking around campus or pay for hourly parking using ParkMobile available in the West Road Garage and North Road. We recommend arriving early in case you can’t find a spot!
How can I get around if I don’t have a car?
The Loyola shuttle service runs with service between Main Campus and Broadway Campus, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. On weekends and after hours, you can call 504.865.3100 for on-demand service to take you to locations in our designated shuttle service area! Available Monday – Friday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
How can I find information about health policies and COVID-19?
Please continue to check your email and our FAQ website for updates regularly. You’ll find information about vaccinations, frequently asked questions, and more. We hope these resources help you stay safe and well-informed for the semester!
🐾 If you have any questions not answered here, please visit Havoc's Help Desk in the Lower Level of the Danna Student Center. You can also stop by the Help Desk if you forget your mask or need a spare one to wear on campus. Welcome to the Pack!