As a recent Loyola grad, it seems like a million years ago that I got to check into my new dorm room which I would call home for the years to come while at Loyola. As I see incoming freshmen and parents on campus for orientation, I can’t help but to think of all the emotions that they are going through, just like I went through 3 years ago.
There are a million unanswered questions about Loyola and what to expect about your Loyola life, but the only way to answer these questions is by experiencing it.
Looking back, however, there are a few tips that I could share to you incoming freshmen that would spare you some uncomfortable moments. I will call this list the “things I would have wanted to know”…
Rain boots and Jackets are a must:
You don’t want to be that person walking around in the ‘Gutter Gumbo’ in your flip flops. There are only some times of year that it rains really bad, but it can happen at any time of year and when it does, you are going to want to be prepared with these goofy-looking shoes. Even if you think you are not the “rain boots type”, believe me, you will become one quickly. Just remember to have fun with it!
It’s the South, and it gets cold here too:
Although New Orleans would be described more with the word hot than cold, don’t expect it to be warm all the time. I would bring at least a couple of sweaters, even a scarf or two to get creative. Although it is not Alaska or Minnesota for example, you will still feel the cool breeze down here. The coldest months are December and January and it can get as cold as 41 degrees.
5 minutes early is being on time:
Your first year of college might be the hardest one because you are still getting accustomed to college and independent life. However that should not stop you from joining any clubs or organizations on campus. There is no such thing as too early to do great things.
I would suggest to all incoming freshmen to explore your options and start getting involved as early as possible. Joining student organizations and clubs is a great way to meet new people while getting real life experience. Also, it doesn’t hurt to start building up your resume.
This early rule also applies to your academic life. Show up early for your class and your professor will notice you immediately. Work on your class assignments and study for your tests early, and you will notice the difference immediately as well.
Last but not least, remember to bring your Maroon and Gold with you. You are all a part of the pack now, and we receive you with our arms wide open. Welcome!!