Welcome Week Leaders
Each year, Welcome Week Leaders (WWL) help execute the events associated with Welcome Week. They are informed about all things Welcome Week, a great resource for information and advice, and a new friend to our first-year incoming students! Look for our WWL team in their maroon "Welcome Week" t-shirts at Welcome Week events.
Meet the 2016 Welcome Week Leaders!
Hometown: Phoenix, Az
Favorite Chicago spot: Millennium Park
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Discover Your Chicago
Things you're involved in on campus: Always looking for things to do/join!
Why Loyola: I love Chicago and it seemed like the best place to learn and to build a future for myself.
Hometown: London, England
Favorite Chicago Spot: Art Institute
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Target Trip!
Things you're involved in on campus: Agape/Ecclesia, Women In Business
Why Loyola?: I love the city, the people, and the opportunities it provides for its students.
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Queens, New York
Favorite Chicago Spot: The Armitage area off of the Brown Line
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Speed Greeting
Things you're involved in on campus: I am apart of Alpha Kappa Psi and the Special Events Team in the Special Events office at Loyola, and I am a Quinlan Ambassador!
Why Loyola?: I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and live in a different state!
Majors: Neuroscience and Biology
Hometown: Woodinville, WA
Favorite Chicago Spot: Firecakes Donuts
Favorite Welcome Week Event: The Comedy Show, followed closely by the Trolley Tour!
Things I'm involved in on campus: Tutoring students in Chicago Youth Programs, CLC, National Residence Hall Honorary
Why Loyola: I chose Loyola because the community was welcoming and the programs were challenging! I knew it was a place that would help me grow.
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Trip to Target
Things you're involved in on campus: Student Nursing Association of Illinois, Freshman Ambassador, Overnight/Shadow Host, Loyola Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Hellenic Student Association
Why Loyola?: Great nursing program and beautiful location on the lakefront!
Major: I am a Sociology and International Studies double major, as well as a French Minor
Hometown: Pilsen, on the West Side of Chicago
Favorite Chicago Spot: Sweet Maple Cafe in the West Side on Taylor Street! Great spot for breakfast food and catching up with friends!
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Trip to Target. I love how people all get together to run to the store for any last minute things they forgot!
Things You're Involved in on Campus: Brothers For Excellence, STARS, LASO
Why Loyola: I have always loved the community feeling Loyola has. The two things I was looking for in a University are that it is in the city, and that it have a great community! Makes it easier to make friends and the possibilities are endless!
Major: International Studies, Communication Studies
Hometown: Park Ridge, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot(s): Lake Shore Path, Glazed & Infused
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Discover your Chicago
Things I’m involved in on campus: Campus Recreation (Group Fitness Instructor), SAGA, International Studies Honors Society, American Red Cross, Loyola4Chicago Soup Kitchen Volunteer
Why Loyola?: Loyola pushes you to be the kind of person you want to be in life by challenging and supporting you to have diverse experiences, relationships, and ideas.
Majors: Political Science and International Studies with a Minor in Economics
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Favorite Chicago Spot: Myopic Books in Wicker Park
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Student Organization Fair
Things I'm involved in on campus: Model UN, College Democrats, Inside Government, WLUW, and I have a job in ResLife as a desk receptionist
Why Loyola?: I fell in love with Loyola's campus when I first visited. I love how it's a beautiful campus in the middle of Chicago. I also found that I identified with Jesuit values, even though I'm not Catholic. The Jesuit tradition of teaching provides a unique experience that goes beyond the classroom. In my studies, I plan to do several internships, study abroad, and make lifelong connections, and I believe that Loyola is the best place for me to do that.
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Favorite Chicago Spot: Millennium Park
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Hypnotist
Things involved in on campus: Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and Loyola4Chicago Leader
Why Loyola?: Because of the great people and its in Chicago!
Major: Political Science and Classical Studies Minor: Women and Gender Studies
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Favorite Chicago Spot: Grant Park
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Trolley Tours
Things you're involved in on campus: Secretary of Women In Leadership Loyola, Member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Previous Member of the Leadership Learning Community.
Why Loyola?: I picked Loyola University Chicago because it has the most beautiful campus on earth, a craving for social justice, an abundance of opportunities, study abroad facilities, empowering professors, and the greatest people you will ever meet.
Classification: Hannah Chin
Major: Journalism, Leadership Studies, Pre-law
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Favorite Chicago Spot: The Museum of Science and Industry!
Favorite Welcome Week Event: All of the Welcome Week Events are amazing, but my favorite would have to be the Trolley Tour (I can’t say no to Garrett’s Popcorn)!
Things you're involved in on campus: LUC Dance Marathon, Loyola Pre-law Society, Research Mentor Program, Loyola Phoenix, and Alpha Delta Pi
Why Loyola?: I chose Loyola because it is a learning institution that prides itself on service, justice, and diversity. From the minute I walked onto the Lake Shore Campus for the first time as a high school junior, I knew this was the college for me. I was welcomed with open arms, by both students and faculty. I know that I am not just a number here; my purpose means something to the people around me. Not only am I discovering my passions with the support of amazing peers, but I am finding opportunities and gaining experiences in one of the most cultured cities in America. Welcome to Loyola, Class of 2020 – Get ready for the best years of your life!
Hometown: Woodstock, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Lincoln Park Zoo
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Hypnotist
Things you're involved in on campus: PhiDE, Rowdie Ramblers, NSCS
Why Loyola?: The school had everything I wanted from classes to location!
Hometown: Saint Charles, Illinois
Favorite Chicago Spot: Gold Coast/Michigan Avenue
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Casino Night or the Trolley Tour!
Things you're involved in on campus: Student Ambassador
Why Loyola?: The campus is absolutely stunning and so is the atmosphere! I feel that being in the wonderful city of Chicago opens many doors and gives me many opportunities in the field of psychology. I like that I am close to home (but not too close!) and I like that Chicago feels like home, too. Loyola's facilities, faculty, students and connections are all the resources that I need to do well in my career here on campus.
Major: Computer Science and Political Science
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Taste of Chicago Trolley Ride
Things you're involved in on campus: I am a senator in Student Government, a sister in Alpha Delta Pi (Greek Life), and a student blogger for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Why Loyola?: Two years ago, I took an immense leap of faith and chose to enroll at a university whose campus I had never set foot on, in a city I’d never before visited. From the moment I arrived, I felt a natural affinity for the place, the programs and the people. Immersed in an ethos that encourages community engagement and experiential learning, Loyola is undoubtedly the best decision I’ve ever made.
Major: Biology with Psychology Minor
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Favorite Chicago Spot: Cubs stadium during a game is by far on of my favorite Chicago experiences! It's a must!!!
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Discover Your Chicago
Things you're involved in on Campus: I'm on Loyola Chicago Run Club, I am a part of Pre-Dental Association and I also work for the DFPA at the info desk!
Why Loyola?: I love Loyola because I get to be a part of city life where there is so much to do, so many new places to go, and an elders amount of restaurants to try! Not just the city but the students make Loyola a home a way from home. Loyola is a great community and you will definitely feel the warmth and comfort here that you can not get on any other campus!
Major: International Studies and History, minors in Leadership Studies and Chinese
Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota
Favorite Chicago Spot: Lao Sze Chuan in Chinatown
Favorite Welcome Week Event: The Trolley Ride!
Things you're involved in on Campus: Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.; Karate Club; Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood; Mixed Heritage Union; the Honors Program; Multicultural Greek Council
Major: Psychology (History Minor)
Hometown: New Lenox, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Millennium Park/State Street/The Loop
Favorite Welcome Week Event: New Years Festival
Things you're involved in on campus: Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Why Loyola?: One of the best and most beautiful schools in Illinois and the US, wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
Major: Health Systems Management
Hometown: Lombard, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Michigan Avenue, Museum of Science and Industry, Millennium Park
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Trolley Tour and Hypnotist
Things you're involved in on campus: Phi Sigma Sigma, SNAI-L, Panhellenic executive board, Colleges Against Cancer
Why Loyola?: Beautiful school in a big city!
Classification: Senior/Grad Student
Major: Applied Social Psychology
Hometown: Jiangxi, China/Barrington, IL
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Trolly Tours
Things you're involved in on campus: Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Mandarin Chinese Club, Chinese Student Association
Why Loyola? I immediately fell in love with sense of community Loyola offers. Professors are beyond passionate about their field and take time to get to know their students and create professional relationships. I am proud to call Loyola my second home and honestly can’t imagine myself anywhere else!
Major: International Studies with a minor in Biology on the pre-health track
Hometown: Woodridge, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Michigan Avenue and Chinatown!
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Fireworks following New Year's Festival
Things you're involved in on campus: Alpha Phi Omega, LUCES
Why Loyola?: I love the beautiful, scenic view of the lake Loyola has right at its disposal.
Hometown: Hong Kong
Favorite Chicago Spot: Top 2: Roosevelt CTA for the sunset & Evanston.
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Saturday of Service / Hypnotist Jim Wand
Things you're involved in on campus: Wellness Advocate, STARS mentor
Why Loyola? Loyola creates a supportive space for growth. Professors, staff and my peers constantly motivate me to be better by being brilliant and caring role models. I saw my potentials and found my voice here.
Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Favorite Chicago Spot: Maggie Daley Ice Skating Ribbon
Things you're involved in on Campus: Public Relations Student Society of America, Chicago Election Coordinators, and Inaugural Class of the Leadership Students Program
Why Loyola?: I’ve always loved to explore my environment, and what better place to explore than a city that has a Ferris wheel, an ice-skating rink, and the Disney store within the same square mile?
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Favorite Chicago Spot: The Chicago Diner (aka the best Vegetarian restaurant in the world)
Favorite Welcome Week Event: The Chicago Trolley Tour!
Things you're involved in on campus: Student Worker at Cudahy Library, Member of the 9pm Mass Choir, CLC Leader
Why Loyola?: Loyola is such a diverse and welcoming community, full of incredibly wonderful people! The proximity to the city and Lake Michigan is stellar too!
Major: Advertising/Public Relations with a minor in Finance & Marketing
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Favorite Chicago Spot: Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Company
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Comedy Show
Things you're involved in on campus: Beta Rho & Ad Club
Why Loyola?: The city of Chicago and everything it has to offer.
Hometown: Campbell, CA
Favorite Chicago Location: I love eating at Wildberry Cafe near Millennium Park, I always get short wait times and great food.
Favorite Welcome Week Event: The Target Run! I won a $100 Target gift card so it made it worth my time.
Things you're involved in on Campus: I'm on the rugby team, a senator on Student Government and on the Justice Committee, and I'm the Student Coordinator of a Theme Community.
Why Loyola?: I came to Loyola for the mid-sized Jesuit school education, the beauty of the campus and its proximity to Chicago, and also for the rugby.
Hometown: Clinton Township, MI
Favorite Chicago Spot: North Avenue Beach
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Convocation
Things you're involved in on campus: Brothers 4 Excellence, African Student Alliance, Med Mentors, BCC, FYRE, Connect2Loyola
Why Loyola?: Great pre-Med program, Campus
Classification: Welcome Week Leaders 2016
Major: BBA/ Information System
Hometown: Skokie, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Chicago Bulls & Lou Malnati's Pizza
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Loyola Farmer’s Market
Things you're involved in on campus: Information Systems & Operations Management Club, American Red Cross & South Asian Student Alliance
Why Loyola? Couple of reasons why I decided to attend Loyola University Chicago. First reason, I love the downtown campus, perfect to business students. It feels like we’re already into the game. Second, Loyola dedicated to prepare students to lead an extraordinary career path, provides a strong social networking for undergraduate & graduate. Finally, it’s a Jesuit traditions make our academics more personal and connect with the community more than other universities.
Major: Finance and Marketing
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL
Favorite Chicago Spot: Maggie Daley Park
Favorite Welcome Week Event: The Trolley Tour
Things you're involved in on campus: Campus Ministry, Social Justice Fellow for LUROP, Student Leadership Development, and Women's Club Basketball
Why Loyola? Loyola allows me to make connections with students, professors, the greater Chicagoland community, and also the world (...literally)! From on campus events to career fairs, engaged learning courses, and study abroad programs, Loyola gives you the opportunity to experience it all. Get excited!
Hometown: Rochester, MI
Major: Environmental Science
Favorite Spot: The Fireplace Inn, in Old Town
Favorite Welcome Week Event: Saturday of Service
Other things I'm involved in: Student Government of Loyola Chicago, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Food Recovery Network
Why Loyola: Multitude of opportunities to get involved in a variety of different ways in the university
Meet our 2016 Welcome Week Graduate Intern!
Classification: Master of Science Candidate ‘16
Major: Higher Education Administration & Policy
Graduate Institution: Northwestern University
Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University, B.S. Journalism & Political Science
Hometown: New Canaan, CT
Favorite Chicago Spot: Buckingham Fountain - great views of beautiful Lake Michigan and the downtown parks.
Welcome Week Event MOST Excited About: First Taste of Chicago! (and continuing to meet members of the Loyola community)