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First Year Experience


First-Year 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:

Educating the Whole Person
Global Awareness
Intellectual Inquiry
Men and Women for Others
Pursuit of Excellence
Seeking God in All Things
Service to Humanity
Social Justice
Values-Based Leadership


2012-2013 Essay Contest Rules

Length & Content

Your First-Year Essay should be 400-600 words. It is a reflection on the First-Year Text, Enrique's Journey by Sonia Navario 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, Global Awareness or Service to Humanity. Personal anecdotes and reflections are welcome.

Submission Due date

October 1, 2012


Submissions to the 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 at the First-Year Lecture Series to share his/her story with other first-year students.

Entry Form

Please submit your contact information and copy your essay into this submission form


Contact the Office of First-Year Experience with any questions. Good luck!

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