Major: Marketing • Class: 2014 • Hometown: Seattle
When Sadia Anees transferred to Loyola after completing her associate’s degree in Seattle, she was blown away with how friendly everyone was on campus.
Now, as a member of the Quinlan ambassador program, she’s doing her part to help other students at Loyola. Whether it’s providing insight into courses or planning student events, she and her fellow ambassadors are there to lend a hand.
Here, she talks about her role with the Quinlan School of Business, the professor who inspires her the most, and the first thing you’ll find on her bucket list.
What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
For me, it was the first time I visited campus during orientation weekend for prospective students. I discreetly checked maps because I didn’t want to look lost. I could feel how foreign this new campus was to me, but that feeling started to fade as I met friendly new faces and learned more about the University. The welcoming culture on campus fueled my excitement and ultimately made me decide to attend.
Talk a little about a professor or mentor who inspired you.
I’ve been taught by so many great instructors at Loyola, but Professor Stacy Neier truly stands out. I took a marketing course with her during my first semester at Loyola, and I still remember how much energy she had on Monday mornings. I’ve even met with Professor Neier outside of the classroom to ask for her advice, and she has always been extremely helpful. She is one of the many people at Loyola that have sparked my curiosity, which has allowed me to explore different areas.
Tell us about your experience as a Quinlan ambassador.
Being part of the Quinlan ambassador program has been such a great experience. I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing peers from a variety of majors, and it’s been nice to help fellow Quinlan students who may have questions about our experiences or any of the resources that the school offers. We also help promote the Quinlan brand and upcoming events. I really feel like we have made a difference. It’s been very rewarding.
How has your involvement in student organizations or service work helped shape you as a person?
I was a transfer student at Loyola, but my involvement in student organizations helped ease that transition. In addition to the Quinlan ambassador program, I’m involved in Delta Sigma Pi (DSP) and Women in Business. I pledged to join DSP during my first semester at Loyola, and I am very thankful that I did. DSP’s core values of professionalism, service, scholarship, and social activity have helped me bridge the gap between college and the business world.
What do you think differentiates Loyola from other universities?
Loyola is different because of how invested the University is in embedding its values in our education. When you become a man or woman of value, you become a man or woman of success—and Loyola has helped me rediscover and explore what I fundamentally believe in and follow.
And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
When I was in high school, I started a bucket list and taped it inside my closet. The first goal I have written is to use the knowledge I have to help others. That is exactly what I plan on doing 10 years from now. As I get older, I hope to continue to add and cross off items on my list.
About the weekend
Five years ago, when Loyola celebrated its first Weekend of Excellence, hundreds of students took part in the three-day event. This year, more than 1,000 students will be featured—and the event will run for four days.
It’s a testament to how far the weekend has come in such a short time.
Created as a way to honor and celebrate student achievements, the Weekend of Excellence showcases the academic, civic, and extracurricular work that Loyola students have conducted over the past year. This year’s weekend, which runs from April 16–19, will include presentations and performances, as well as student award ceremonies and induction into the Maroon & Gold Society.
To accommodate the growing number of participants—and to focus more attention on their work—the undergraduate and graduate research symposiums are now held in two different locations on Saturday, April 18. The Graduate School symposium is in the Quinlan Life Sciences building and Palm Court; the undergraduate symposium is in the Mundelein Center and Galvin Auditorium.