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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:

Contest Rules

Length & Content

Your Year 1 Essay should be 400-600 words. It is a reflection on the First-Year Text, Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, 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 21, 2015 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.


2014 Essay Contest Winner

Gabriela Valencia

2014 Essay Contest Finalists

Leah Grevich

Sharidan Rickmon

Addison  McTague





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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