We welcome another guest post from Ms. Kristyn Gieger, current Summer Conference Intern for the Department of Residential Life, as she reflects on her experience at Loyola and in New Orleans. Kristyn has been a major asset to our team this summer, and has single-handedly transformed Loyola’s conference program!
My first time in New Orleans, Louisiana was in January 2011 when I joined twelve fellow graduate students from Canisius College (Fellow Jesuit Institution woot!) on our annual College Student Personnel Administration (CSPA) NOLA service trip. Not only did I serve the New Orleans area, I was given the chance to “meet and greet” with professionals here at Loyola and also at Dillard University. Ever since my experience, I knew I had to come back to this beautiful city!!! When I found out that this dream could be a reality through an ACUHO-i internship here at Loyola, I was thrilled! Currently, I am working as the Summer Conference Intern! My staff this summer has really helped me to embrace life on the Loyola Campus.
Upon my arrival, I was greeted and quickly welcomed into the Loyola family within minutes. With every week that goes by I am delighted to be a part of this summer’s successes. Conferences are going great and we are all happy that New Student Orientation 1, 2, 3, and 4 were such successes!!! This summer has been such a learning experience for me. This internship is the first experience I have had supervising my own staff; it has allowed me to experience working with different individuals from a supervisory level.
To all the new and first year Loyola students for Fall 2011 semester, congratulations and I hope you can call this campus home as much as I have been able to this summer. LoyNO has a beautiful campus and such a great uptown location. I am into staying in shape, so having access to Audubon Park was an added perk. You’ll never go hungry with all that dining and the city has to offer. You can literally experience a different culture every day of the week! I love it! I advise anyone who is not local to really get to know a fellow student from the New Orleans area. They can be a great resource in learning about this wonderful city. Get involved; become a part of something bigger and better than yourself. Learn about the city as much as you can, because trust me your time in college will fly!!!
Originally from the Greater New York City Area, Kristyn now resides in Buffalo, NY while working towards a Master of Science Degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College. For the 2011-2012 academic year Kristyn will work as a Graduate Residence Coordinator for Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. She will also intern for the Office of International Student Programs at Canisius College and stand as the Graduate Advisor to Canisius’s International English Speaking Club (I.E.S.C). Kristyn holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from The College at Brockport, SUNY.
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