Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

Student Profiles

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    Sara Hammer

    "I am thankful to have been granted the Provost fellowship this summer which allowed me to gain valuable experience while working in Dr. Kanzok's Malaria lab at Loyola. While working on my project, I have learned skills such as how to successfully complete a double digest, how to transform DNA into bacteria, how to purify DNA, how to work with laboratory mice, and how to transfect a plasmid into parasites. Additionally, experiencing the successes and failures that accompany research have allowed me to learn how exciting research can be and have allowed me to experience troubleshooting when results do not turn out as planned. My lab mentor, Dr. Kanzok, helps foster passion and excitement for research in our lab, which has allowed me to realize that I want to continue with research after my time at Loyola."
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    Andy Timmons

    "My time at Loyola has been filled with experiences that have taught me about myself, and who I want to be in the future. Loyola has given me the tools I need to realize this future self. Crafting my ePortfolio has given me the time and space to reflect on my experiences at Loyola, allowing them to continue to shape me every day. I hope to continue my journey in law school and then begin work as an advocate for those whose voices are silenced by society."
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    Flavio Bravo

    "Serving as an intern with the Immigrant Survivors Project at Catholic Charities of Chicago has not only contributed to my domestic interests within the United States, but also my international interests abroad. Having met and worked with many immigrants from around the world at Catholic Charities, I was able to connect the difficult experience of an undocumented immigrant in Chicago to the multiple injustices in Central America. Additionally, it gave me a stronger understanding of the different types of advocacy and how they can take shape when working to achieve social justice. With the hope of attending law school after graduating from Loyola, my experience as an intern at Catholic Charities of Chicago has helped me better understand immigration law in a nonprofit setting."
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    Edwin Chaharbakhshi

    "Performing undergraduate research with my fellow lab members under the guidance of Dr. Mierisch built upon many skills that will be extremely valuable throughout medical school and beyond. I have learned firsthand that the margin for error in the laboratory is often minuscule and the error can be typically avoided altogether through appropriate communication and inquiry. However, the key lesson my experience has taught me about the field of science is that it is vital to keep a positive mindset and to reflect upon your work while running any sort of test or experiment. It is commonplace for many experiments to yield unwanted results before seeing your first signs of success, which can sometimes feel rather defeating over a longer period of time. However, I have found that keeping track of tiny details, incorporating outside knowledge from the classroom, and asking questions to develop a fundamental understanding of the work I am doing has been essential for generating my success in the classroom, laboratory, and my workplace."
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    Justin Hoch

    "Through my internship, I learned about my own leadership style, my passion for community development and my role in civic engagement. My internship provided me with a lived experience of professional work in the nonprofit field, as well as work related to social justice and social change. I gained valuable life skills and professional skills, including how to convey my ideas better and how to foster collaboration. In combination with my internship, the UNIV 390 class with its readings, class discussions and reflections encouraged and stimulated my thinking. It propelled me to think critically and to act accordingly. Through the use of an ePortfolio, I was able to reflect upon my experiences and present my ideas in a creative way. While I may not want to work in the nonprofit field, I realized the need to utilize my skills to work for social change and community development. Because of this experience, I recognized my passion for putting my faith into action; thus, I am interested in pursuing a job in ministry."
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    Cassandra Osei

    "My research experience [as a Provost Fellow] ensured that healthcare research is my passion. I was able to honed my skills as a public health researcher and learned to read and use literature relative to my discipline effectively. The research was initially supposed to use participant responses from interviews and surveys. Securing participants from organizations of interest was difficult because of the fear confidentiality would be broken with clients from those organizations. As a result, I learned about rejection but was able to conduct my research around the review of secondary sources in order to strengthen the foundation of my research. As the project progresses however, I will take the time to either make connections with other organizations in order to secure participants for my research or reach out to extended networks. I hope to continue this project beyond my undergraduate career because it is something I am passionate about. The research looks at aspects of race, migration and health and I hope for this project to be the stepping-stone of graduate research, and later development of new healthcare policy."
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    Sydney Peck

    "After going on my brigade I became 100% sure that going into the medical field was the right place for me. I’m going to apply to graduate school in the future to hopefully obtain my masters in Physician’s Assistant studies. I’m taking a year off and I’m planning on working as a nursing assistant or doing some type of service, which is yet to be decided. My brigade inspired me to want to serve more in the future. It also motivated me to spread the passion for serving to those around me, and my ePortfolio of my brigade gave me the perfect platform to do so."
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    Gabriella Baldassari

    "At Friends of the Chicago River I got to experience working [a Service-Learning opportunity] for a non-profit, and with the farm bureau, I got to work with students in the environmental field. The Bring Your Own Bag project was especially fulfilling as it helped me to explore a leadership role and make a significant change in my community."
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    Paul Daniel Mendez

    "As the Human Resource intern I have been able to support professional staff of RefugeeOne with confidential filling, hiring professional staff, and assisting the various programs of RefugeeOne anyway possible. Coming into the organization I have kept the mindset that I may end up being disappointed by the work I do, or that it may be the best thing I have ever done in my life. But ultimately it is giving me the knowledge and empathy to grow as person."
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    Leah Brousalis

    "My UNIV 390 class really gave me an inviting environment [to reflect]. I feel I was able to learn a lot about myself and learn how to express myself better which will definitely come in handy as I start applying to graduate school and jobs."
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    Natalie Hock

    "My LIFT experience [as a LIFT advocate] has been transformational. I have had the humbling opportunity to engage in one-on-one meetings with adults who have known little of what it feels like to be treated with attention and respect. The essential purpose of being with people as they navigate crises, challenges, and the complex demands of our culture is exactly that - to be with them, in the hope that a collaborative relationship allows them to feel like less of an island and consequently allows them to stand more steadily in the face of their own unique combination of external struggles, internal longings for change, and desire to move in the world from a place of self-efficacy."
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    Amy Avila

    "I enjoyed my internship to the fullest, being able to see every aspect in the cook county juvenile court plus being able to see the suburban field was amazing. I met with the juveniles, parents, probation officers, attorneys and judges and really got a feel of every side of the story when it came down to what is best for the juvenile. Interning in the suburbs is what led me to take the next step and apply to be a juvenile probation officer, I would like to work in surrounding suburbs eventually since spanish speaking probation officers are so scarce."
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    Paul O'Malley

    "With the support of a LUROP Travel Grant, I presented my research at the Midwest Ecology & Evolution Conference in Dayton, Ohio, March 1st and 2nd. My poster presentation occurred later in the evening, and it was the most rewarding aspect of the trip for me. I was able to describe the faults and success of my research to 20 or so individuals. The trip was a rewarding and scientific development opportunity for myself. "
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    Scott Buttliere

    “While creating an ePortfolio, I was able to reflect upon my time here at Loyola and appreciate the things that I have been given. I now know what my passions are and can use this tool to get there."
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    Arjun Grewal

    My duties include translating for Hindi- and Punjabi-speaking refugees, finding them transportation, assisting them with paperwork, and determining health-care facilities accessible via Medicaid, as well as answering any questions they have about health care, Chicago, and cultural acclimation.
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    Zeba Shethwala

    “[My ePortfolio] was a great way for me to show myself all that I have accomplished. Often, I get stuck with the mind set of "what am I doing now” and “how can I do better in the future?" The ePortfolio was a chance for me to look back upon my successes … rather than [focusing on] what I have yet to do.”
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    Marina Peric

    ... I never wanted to work in a cubicle and this internship was all about being outside whether it was at sporting events or concerts and interacting with listeners. Other than the social aspect, I also got to learn the technical side of the business and I set up all of the soundboards and speakers for off site broadcasts.
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    Ligin Solamen

    We worked on developing a wide field-imaging device capable of determining lipid concentration of tissue. By using light scattering and absorption properties, we were able to test the system on engineered tissue.
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    Olivia Conti

    My Service-Learning experience was great. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to engage in intellectual material in an appealing format.
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    Madison Meder

    The internship course that I took through the Center for Experiential Learning to supplement my experience at PAWS provided me with valuable resources that I will be able to use in the future as I pursue a career in the medical field.
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    Michelle Lis (Provost Fellow)

    Doing research at Loyola Medical Center gave me essential clinical experience in medical physics, and confirmed my interests in becoming a medical physicist. My research was centered on processing MRI images to correct distortions due to patient motion.
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    Sean Wahl

    This service-learning experience was a wonderful opportunity that fostered my career development and personal exploration. The UNIV 290 course did an excellent job of integrating issues of privilege with development of a social paradigm.
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    Tyler Hough

    Creating an ePortfolio … has allowed me to reflect upon the my Loyola experience, synthesize my triumphs, and showcase these to future employers. In addition, by building an ePortfolio I've been able to figure out where my passions and interests lie.
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    Kelly Cahalin

    My international service-learning experiences in both Panama and Ghana were two of the greatest experiences of my life. After going to Panama in January of 2013, I knew that I would have to go back on another Global Brigade trip. So, I went to Ghana in August of 2013 and fell in love all over again.
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    Monique Quinn

    My [experiential learning] seminar class really allowed me to explore not only the reason why I was doing research, but also what I was learning from my research experience.
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    Cooper Carriger

    Building an ePortfolio enhanced my 4-year Loyola Experience because it initially allowed me to do a skills and interests "inventory." It made me reflect what do I love to do, what can I do, and how can I show this to others?
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    Thomas Serena

    I recently attended a medical brigade to Africa where I worked with many individuals from diverse backgrounds. This experience brought me to the central region of Ghana where we provided medicine, dentistry, and public health to 928 individuals in an extremely small village.
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    Pedro Regalado

    The internship I undertook this summer working as a research assistant with Dr. Nickerson was fantastic in a few different ways.
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    Alexandra Luterek

    I became a LUROP Provost Fellow after taking a service-learning course with Dr. Julia Pryce my sophomore year.
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    Maureen Burns

    The skills I am gaining will help prepare me to continue research after graduation as well as help me in my continuing study of psychology. Gaining an interest and more general knowledge about youth and violence reduction will help guide not just my future research plans, but career path and goals.
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    Isabelle Bizub

    ... I now also have an avenue to present my accomplishments, interests and concrete experience with the Spanish language to future employers. The ePortfolio has been personally, academically and professionally beneficial to me.