Students find their callings far beyond the classroom


There are some things you just can’t learn in a classroom.

These members of the Class of 2013 found their callings not just by listening, but by doing, through service-learning, academic internships, student employment, and research. These experiences—facilitated through the Center for Experiential Learning—helped them find their direction or choose a new one, all while contributing to the community in which they live.

Here are some of their stories.

Olivia Chan‌

Major: Biology
Minors: Math, chemistry, anthropology


Worked on conservation research at the Shedd Aquarium

Impact: “Before my undergraduate research class, I never really thought about community-based research, or even compared it to the type of research I do, which is usually quantitative.”

Plans: Chan plans to continue her research before entering medical school. She also plans to continue working at the Shedd.  

Matt Razek

Major: Psychology
Minor: Biology


Served as a resident assistant on the Loyola campus

Impact: “Sophomore year, I discovered that my passions did not lie in the field of medicine like I originally thought. My interest became ignited by working with my residents and helping them through personal, academic, and social situations. I knew my passion from the position and being involved on campus informed my decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life on a college campus.”

Plans: “I definitely see myself attending or working at larger, public institutions or Jesuit institutions for my entire career. I am currently applying to graduate programs for a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs.” 

Addaline Stoll

Majors: Psychology, sociology

Worked at Children’s Home and Aid: Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Child and Family Center

Impact: “My academic internship involved working with children who have been severely abused. These children have taught me more about myself than I could have ever hoped to teach them. I now appreciate what I have been blessed with, and never take anyone in my life for granted. I learned that I am very passionate about helping children and their families succeed.”

Plans: Stoll still works at the Rice Center and, after graduation, hopes to become an employee there or at another location within Children’s Home and Aid before returning to school to earn a master’s degree in social work. 

Mo Sullivan

Majors: Communication studies, international studies
Minor: Spanish


Worked on the tenant leadership committee, Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Harold Washington Building

Impact: “The course opened my eyes to a field for which I am extremely passionate and made me confident that I want to pursue a career that focuses on making positive social change within my community.”

Plans: Before pursuing a graduate degree, Sullivan would like to complete a yearlong post-graduate service opportunity in the hopes of working with communities and organizations that promote social justice.