New Student Orientation is fast approaching and the department of Residential Life could

Nydia recently graduated in 2017 with her degree in Psychology. During her time at Loyola Nydia was a Krewe Leader, First in the Pack Peer Mentor, student worker in the Student Success Center, and a Program Coordinator for the Commuter Student Association

not be more excited to welcome new students into the residence halls and meet parents in just a few weeks.

New Student Orientation can be both an exciting time and stressful time for new students. For most new students, orientation is the perfect time to meet their fellow classmates, learn more about the city they will call home for the next four years, and an opportunity to get a feel for what it will be like to live away from home and with a roommate. However, some new students are unsure of what to expect at orientation and worried about making a good and lasting impression on their fellow class and Loyola faculty/staff.

As a recent graduating senior as past orientation leader, I can help put your mind at ease about what to during orientation and answer a few questions that you may have both about orientation and residential life.

1.      What should I expect during orientation?

New Student Orientation is a 3 day experience in which new student and their parents will have the opportunity to learn more about Loyola University New Orleans, including academics,  campus resources, student organizations, campus activities, residential life, campus dinning and much more! There will be plenty of fun activities for new students as well in order to get to know their fellow classmates.

2.      What do I  pack for orientation?

We suggest packing comfortable clothing and shoes for orientation, since you will have long fun filled days. We also suggest bringing athletic attire if you would like to continue your exercise routine during orientation. Most importantly, we recommend bringing a rain jacket or umbrella for the New Orleans unpredictable weather. There is no need to bring towels or bedding. This will be provided.

3.      Will my orientation roommate be my during the fall/spring semesters?

Your orientation roommate will not necessarily be your roommate during the fall/springsemester. However, if you all would like to become roommates during the fall/ spring semester, contact the Office of Residential Life at (504) 865-2445 or reslife@loyno.edu.

 4.      What is a themed living community and is it too late to apply for a themed living community?

Themed Living Communities (TLCs) are “packs” of students intentionally brought together around a common purpose in order to form a deeper understanding of values, discover their passions, and become more invested in the campus community. These communities include LEAD, Honors, Spark, and HOWL. The deadline to apply for a themed living community is July 1.

5.      Quick adjustment tips to residential life (to use during orientation).

 

  • After orientation events, spend time in the residential lounges with fellow new students in order to get to know each other better! Bring along card games to play together in the lounges.
  • Remember that you are sharing the bathroom with other students. Do not leave     belongings behind and please be respectful of other’s time when using the showers. Everyone will be on the same schedule during orientation. Shower at night if you want to avoid being late to orientation events.
  • Don’t hesitate to have a conversation with your orientation roommate about your sleep habits. It is important that you all feel comfortable and get a good nights sleep during orientation.
  • Don’t lose your room keys during orientation or forget to lock your door. Attach keys to a lanyard to avoid losing them. Don’t have one? Pick one up in the University Bookstore in the Danna Student Center.

6.      Why you should stay on campus during orientation even if plan to be a commuter student?

If you plan to be a commuter student but are not 100% sure, orientation is the perfect opportunity to explore residential life. Even if you are certain of your decision to be a commuter student, you should still stay on campus so that you can familiarize yourself with campus and in order to mingle with other new students.

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While heading home might be incredibly exciting and you are itching to finish up with your exams so that you can start your break, but take some time to prepare fully before you go home.

When the buildings close on Friday, December 16 at 5PM, students will not be permitted to enter again until Sunday, January 8 at 8:00AM.  Therefore, planning thoughtfully for your upcoming break is critical and our team has put together a few notes to help you out. There are no exceptions granted for students to stay over the winter break, so please plan acordingly.

PREPARING YOUR ROOM:

Your Refrigerator - Remove all foods from the unit and unplug it so that it can defrost.  To defrost the fridge, leave the door OPEN and place a towel underneath.

Your Electronics - Unplug everything in your room, including any alarm clocks, lamps, fish tanks, and refrigerators.

Your Garbage - Take out any/all garbage.  Even a small amount of trash can attract ants and other bugs, plus it has the potential to produce a big odor while you are gone.

Your Air Conditioning - Set your unit to a low, cool temperature.  Doing so will save energy and will ensure a more comfortable return to your room.

Your Windows - Close your blinds to help keep the temperature of your room consistent over break.

Your Door - Remember to lock your door(s) before leaving for break and pack your keys with you.

Your Packed Bags - Don’t forget to pack all of your important travel documents, medication, phone and computer chargers, and any other items you cannot live without.

The staff will come in on the last few days before break to “sweep” the entire building before break and ensure is prepared for the long break.  Rooms that aren’t prepared properly will be prepared by the Residential Life staff and the occupants of the room will be charged for any excessive cleaning that is required.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BREAK:

Your Stomach - Enjoy the delicious homemade foods and some of the special treats you cannot get while on campus.

Your Sleep  - Take time to catch up on sleep and reset for the upcoming semester.  Take time to enjoy not having that 8:00AM class for a few weeks!

Your Home - Find some time to help decorate your home for the holiday season by hanging ornaments on the tree or helping to hang lights outside your house.

Your Family & Friends - Spend time with the people you love and those whom you might not have the pleasure of seeing on a regular basis.

 

We hope that you have a safe and blessed holiday surrounded by those you love.  Our team looks forward to seeing you again after the break!

 

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As we move through our second semester, we are steadily preparing for Spring Break when many of our students travel back home or to other destinations with friends and family to celebrate this time of joy and rejuvenation. In the Catholic faith, this time of preparation is set aside for reflection; giving of time, talent and treasure; renewal; and repentance. These practices look different for each one of us. Many of us “give up” something like chocolate, TV, alcohol, etc. But why? The purpose it to remove distractions from our relationship with God and others. Other folks “do” something extra or more like going back to church, calling your grandmother weekly instead of monthly, or reconcile an estranged relationship. “Doing” something more restores the relationship with God and others if we have left it unattended.

My challenge to you, whether you honor lent or not, is to take time and review the relationships in your life. Are you giving life to those around you? Or are you making life more difficult for those you love? Start small with a hello to a stranger, a phone call to your brother, a card to grandma. Examine those relationships which are most difficult- perhaps your roommate? What have you contributed to this relationship and the environment of the room? It’s a complex dynamic and most all individuals are well intended. How can you offer grace and forgiveness- even if you have yet to receive an apology.  Maybe you can invite them to lunch before the break?

Our calling as Jesuit educated individuals is to be women and men for and with others. We are all trying to do the best we can with what we have. Relationship is one of the most impactful variables in our happiness. Find time this lent to pray or reflect on how you can be a better partner, friend, classmate, roommate, family member and teammate.

If you are staying in the residence halls for spring break, don’t forget to register for break housing! You can do so by logging into your Residence Account and completing the Spring Break Housing Application. Additionally, dining hours are available here! Have a safe and joyful break!

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Lauren Juarez, senior Marketing major and graphic design minor, recently received post graduate employment offers from Amazon and a local branding company, SHOE.  Unsure of her future career trajectory, Lauren applied for a graphic design internship with Residential Life in fall 2013 with some encouragement from her supervisor after he discovered Lauren’s creative abilities in media and design.  Lauren spent the next four semesters creating print publications for Residential Life including the annual Mardi Gras safety newsletter, housing brochures, room selection, student staff selection and family weekend materials, and department logos for special programming. When asked about her experience, Lauren said, “My graphic design career began with my internship with Res Life. I hadn’t taken any classes on design and was surprised when I was given the opportunity to intern, so I self-taught myself the programs and began to learn about the world of Design. I finally declared a minor in Graphic Design my junior year at Loyola. I put together a small portfolio of projects I designed for Loyola and landed a paid internship at SHOE: A Visual Communications Studio. Without Res Life, I don’t think I’d be where I’m today with so many opportunities ahead.”

Lauren accepted the opportunity with SHOE following graduation to develop a wider range of skills and stronger portfolio for future career opportunities. She plans to move to Seattle in fall 2016 with a deferred opportunity in eCommerce design at Amazon.

We are incredibly proud of all of your graduating seniors in our Resident Assistant, Desk Assistant, Office Assistants and other intern positions and their next steps after Loyola. While we enjoy our time with them on campus, we are even more excited to see the positive impact they will go on to create in our world!

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We’ve arrived at a new year, which means time for the annual list of things I want to accomplish, how I want to develop, habits I want to create, or habits I want to leave behind. But, at the back of my mind, I also know it’s time for me to consider what resolutions I won’t keep, ones that would be okay to put at the bottom of the list, or the ones I won’t even start! It sounds a little ridiculous to even admit! As I approached the end of 2014, I “resolved” to be more intentional in my personal resolutions and made a task of researching what makes goals stick and how to stay motivated. Take a look at some of the common themes I found that resonated with me across all areas of my life and the types of goals I wanted to set.

As a soon-to-be mental health clinician, I am a BIG fan of SMART goals – goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Consider the difference between “I want to become a runner” and “I want to make running a daily practice so that I can run a 5K in November in under 30 minutes.” It’s specific, you’ll know how to measure if you’ve met your goal or not, and there’s a deadline to keep you on track. Make goals or reframe the resolutions you’ve already set to follow the SMART model and the path becomes much, much clearer.

Learn to love the process and celebrate the small steps, as well! Let’s take the 5K example – keeping your finish line in view is a wonderful practice, but don’t forget to be present for and celebrate the smaller steps that make up the path as a whole. Couldn’t run half a mile before and you just ran a mile nonstop while training for your upcoming 5K? Celebrate it! Recognize the pieces of the puzzle that are falling into place on the way to your reaching your goal because of your efforts thus far.

The buddy system is a fantastic motivator. Enlist friends with similar goals or resolutions so you can work together or keep each other accountable. At the very basic level, make your goals and aspirations for the year (or beyond) known to those close to you. Making your goals known to other people beyond yourself can help reinforce what you’re doing, and it’s harder to walk away from something that other people know you’re trying to achieve! Accountability is key.

Finally, don’t lose sight of the deeper meaning of what you’re trying to achieve through your new goals and resolutions. What was your inspiration? Why is it important? How do these ideas work with your practice of achieving them? Honor your truth and keep it in your sights as you work to achieve what’s in front of you for the year to come!

 


Kaitlin Short
Office of Residential Life

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Kaitlin Short, Community Director of Cabra Hall

Kaitlin is a Graduate Community Director for Cabra Hall and is in the Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Loyola

Brené Brown, a Residential Life favorite, writes in The Gifts of Imperfection, “Every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice.” Sure, we all have those days where it is an absolute miracle to have survived responsibilities and demands of school and work, or in our personal lives, but how fantastic would it be to approach our responsibilities with a grateful heart and reflective gratitude for the things we’ve done and accomplished, or simply, for what we have or what’s brought us joy that day?
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of congregating and showing gratitude and thanks for our families, friends, etc. I know in my family, we don’t eat on Thanksgiving until the entire family has expressed a point of gratitude. This is always a personal struggle as our Thanksgiving table always smells incredibly delicious (looking at you, sweet potato crunch casserole), but that’s neither here nor there. My point is, what would it be like if we carried throughout each day with a spirit of thanks and gratitude, no matter if it’s the fourth Thursday in November (or the second Monday in October, hey Canada!), or the first Monday of June?
Speaking personally, this academic year has been the season of struggles and successes, but I do know that I would not have been as centered to tackle each day had I not made expressing gratitude a personal and daily practice. I also cannot deny that I am way too excited to crack open my new 2015 planner, intentionally selected for its “Daily Gratitude” section. But, how do you express gratitude daily? This is definitely a personal choice, but in my experience, I’ve found the following to resonate with me in very profound ways…see what resonates with you! Keep a daily gratitude journal, just for you, where you simply record a few points, people, things, or interactions from the day that you are truly and simply grateful to have experienced. Reflect on what brought joy to your soul, or what caused you to pause and notice on the good things in front of you. Connect with others in your life about how impactful they are to you. Thank the barista who made your coffee, regardless of how creatively they spelled your name on your daily iced chai latte with soy milk! Focus on expressing positives rather than dishing on the negatives with your best friends, and ask for their support in your practice of this. Finally, and one that has been a personal struggle but has taught me so much: be thankful for the struggles and the tough times. Focus on giving thanks for what you’ve learned from them and how you’ve grown, rather than showing relief when they pass, or lingering in exasperation or negative thoughts.
I want to challenge each of you to develop this personal practice during this season of thanks, and beyond. During my time at Loyola thus far, as a student and staff member, I will absolutely admit that there have been times where I have felt stressed to my limits and asking myself if I was even remotely capable of doing the work required of me to be a person for and with others. But soon enough, after developing my practice of intentionally expressing and reflecting on points of gratitude, the struggles and the stressors didn’t seem so insurmountable – there was always a lesson to learn and to be grateful for. There is always a reason to be thankful, and to experience the joy that comes from it.”

 

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As I prepare to enter my senior year, I am reminded about how much I have learned in the classroom, but I also recall the numerous relationships that I’ve developed and continued. Both will be useful in the next couple of years, but networking with people in my field of study has opened doors for my future.

During my time at Loyola, I have had the opportunity to learn from professionals at Nola.com| The Times- Picayune, The Lens, and WWL-TV. These experiences alongside the numerous other professionals I met have helped shape the path I will take after graduation.

You may not remember your world history facts or your math problems, but you will remember the people who inspired you. It could be a professor, a boss, or another student.

I have been inspired by many people, and I have accumulated some of the following tips:

Reach out to others: Most people are happy to help.

Get involved in extra-curricular activities: Whether the position is paid or volunteer, the experience is the most valuable.

Show interest: If you are truly interested in your future, it will radiate off of you. Others will be notice your interest in the industry. They will be able to weed out those who are simply going through the motions, and the people who enjoy their work. Relationships will continue if you ask others for advice on their work and the industry

Ask questions: I constantly ask questions about everything, and it allows me to learn about people. In journalism, questions are inevitable. The challenge is asking the most useful ones.

Listen and learn: I am eager to learn from others, and I believe listening is a simple way to learn from those around you. Everyone has a story. You can always take a lesson away if you listen to others closely. I make sure to value people regardless of their wealth or education level because at the end of the day- few people are stupid. Intelligence is just emitted in different ways.

How are you preparing for your future?

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With the 30th Anniversary of the University Honors Program celebrated on June 20, you may be interested in the Themed living Learning communities Residential Life offers students.

A glimpse into each Themed Living Community:

Honors TLC- Students on this floor will live with their honor classmates. The headquarters of the Honors program now located in Monroe library will allow honors students exclusive access to study space and other resources.

Leadership TLC- A community that strives to surround students with Jesuit values and offer students opportunities from resume workshops to public speaking essentials.

Spark TLC- “Go forth and set the world on fire.” This quote by Ignatius of Loyola describes the mission of this themed living community. Will you be ready to accept the challenge? The challenge to live, learn, and excel inside and outside of the classroom. A ‘Sparker’ will have the opportunity to develop projects and serve the community.

Substance Free TLC-The newest themed living learning community asks are you committed to a lifestyle without alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. If so, the substance free floor could be a home for you.

Each of the themed living communities offers students a place to be together with other students with similar interests. Most first year students are seeking friends, but I asked myself what the word “friend” meant to me during my freshman year. One of my goals my freshman year was to create and sustain long lasting friendships with a few people. I wanted to connect with people on a deeper level. In high school, I could call many people acquaintances, but I wanted true friendships.

As I enter my senior year, I remain friends with the people I had similar interests with, and I am grateful to have met each one of them.

One of the most beneficial lessons, I learned at Loyola is to appreciate things both great and small—and relationships are packages in both ways. Regardless, every relationship can add meaning to your life. This lesson I will carry with me for many years to come.

Will you join a living learning community and create lasting relationships?

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During the last two years, I have worked for The Office of Residential Life in a couple different positions, but I have always received a variety of questions ranging from academics to entertainment.

A parent asked me this question last summer: What have you learned at Loyola?

It seems fairly simple, yet it caught me off guard. Simple questions do not always have easy answers.I have learned so much here and as I began to think more about it I realized my journey mostly taught me about myself.

I believe the two most important lessons I have learned throughout my time at Loyola are:

  1. Try something new.
  • Don’t be afraid to go to events and talk to people. Everyone wants to meet new people.
  • Be slow to complain: If you don’t agree with something, first understand the reasons for it. If you still disagree, try to change it.  Empty words never change anything.
  • We are in New Orleans, so I hope you fill your stomach with some great food.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

When I was a prospective student, I had so many questions. I am from Illinois and unfamiliar with the city and with the campus. I would walk around, explore, and discover, but I was hesitant to ask anyone for help. Little did I realize, people wanted to help. In my experience 99% of people on campus have been more than helpful with any type of question.

I have been blessed to create and sustain relationships by simply asking. New Orleans hospitality and Loyola’s sense of community can create a perfect environment for success. Three years ago, I would have never imagined myself taking the path I chose, but I am grateful for the people I met along the way.

I have thought of a few questions and answers that may improve your orientation experience.

1. What are some of your favorite restaurants?

My three favorite restaurants include:
Italian Barrel: 430 Barracks St, New Orleans, LA
Joey K’s: 3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA
Café Roma: 1901 Sophie Wright Pl, New Orleans, LA

Those are simply suggestions, but  please don’t take my word for it. Everyone can find something to eat in New Orleans restaurants.   

2. Where should I go downtown?

New Orleans has a unique culture. If you want to become a local, make sure to visit a variety of places.

No, Bourbon St. will not show you the true portrayal of New Orleans.

Throughout the French Quarter, Royal St. has several antique shops and galleries, but my favorite place in the quarter is the French market: 1235 N. Peters St. Although the French quarter may be the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, it is not the only neighborhood that has built this great city.

To see all of the neighborhoods in New Orleans: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=107410618220330302077.00049040d8d8b4cff5ca2&dg=feature

3. What is the Wifi information for the building?

Username: wifi3
Password: wolf359

Freshman orientation is a beginning a time to have fun.

Fast forward three years later, and I remember my freshman orientation with one word: original.

As I enter my senior year, I would have never imagined feeling joy and peace. Although it will be bittersweet to graduate, I will always recall the people and the lessons.

How will you make your orientation original?

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Loyola week may be our version of homecoming week, but I believe it symbolizes much more.

Throughout the hustle and bustle of the events in the quad and throughout campus last week, I was able to reflect on the meaning of Loyola week.

Community, diversity, professionalism, and many other words describe Loyola, but I believe that Loyola week can be best represented by our Jesuit identity.

Jesuit ideals may appear daunting and scary from the outside, but I see them embodied in actions of Loyola community members every day.

When a professor extends her office hours to wait for a student struggling in class, two Jesuit ideals are present—critical thinking and effective communication, and appreciation of things both great and small.

When a student litters, another student quickly throws the garbage in the trashcan, regardless if a janitorial worker is in the vicinity— respect for the world, its history and mystery is present.

When a student chooses to wake up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning to volunteer and serve a person in need— special concern for the poor and oppressed,commitment to service, and finding God in all things are present.

Last week, Loyola hosted multiple events including Jesus on Trial, Cookies with Catholics, Shell shocked: A documentary about growing up in the Murder Capital of America, Dear Loyola photos, and the Ministry of Presence: Being With At-Risk Children.

The events offered students opportunities— opportunities to attend, to engage, and to exemplify Jesuit ideals in their everyday life.

Do you exemplify Jesuit ideals in your everyday life?

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