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First-Year Experience

Essay Contest

Each year, first-year students are invited to share their reflections on the First-Year Text in what might be their first college essay. This is an opportunity to engage a piece of written work and relate it to the themes that define a Loyola education:

2014 Year 1 Essay Contest Rules

Length & Content

Your Year 1 Essay should be 400-600 words. It is a reflection on the First-Year Text, Tattoos on the Heart, by Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., and how it connects to the themes and values of a Loyola education. You may use any of the above values, such as Social Justice, Service to Humanity or Values-Based Leadership. Personal anecdotes and reflections are welcome.


Please submit your essay by Monday, September 15, 2014 at http://www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience/first-yearessaycontest/. Remember to include your name, cell phone number, and email address so we can contact you if you are a finalist in the contest.                 


Submissions to the Year 1 Essay Contest can be considered for one or both prizes: (1) a book scholarship to cover all text books for the Spring semester, and (2) a speaking engagement with Community in Conversation to share his/her story with other first-year students.

2013 Top Ten Essay Contest Finalists

Arianna Raylene Mosca

Alexandra Kathleen Jonker

Asad Sayeeduddin

Aqel Zakia Rahman

Brienne Lubor

Emma Kautz

Katherine Jian Lai

Mary Yurik

Nabeela Ahmed

Shannon Koelsch


The Office of First Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.7381 · Website: www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience

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