Loyola University Chicago

Office for International Programs

May 2015

Monica R.

Major: Global and International Studies

Hometown: suburbs of Chicago, IL

Why did you choose to come live in the International House?

Since I studied abroad in China, I wanted to continue to meet people from China and practice my Chinese. So that was one of the reasons I decided to live here so I could live with a Chinese roommate. The International House also always has fun events and a community environment, which is hard to experience as a junior or senior. Also, I can meet students from lots of different cultures. I also love the facilities at the I-house, like the computer lab and lounge.

What have you enjoyed the most about living in the house?

Being able to make friends from all over the world and hang out with them. Also being able to go to lots of fun events and meeting people from different countries. I also love having a roommate from another country. Since the other residents are studying abroad here, they are making different cultural discoveries. I can share that with them since I studied abroad I can relate to that experience so that’s really cool.

What has been your favorite event?

The Cooking Fest because I’ve never had Brazilian food before so it was really cool to try that!

What will you miss most about the house?

The friends I made here and the feeling of the community. Especially since I am graduating, that’s going to be hard to find again. And that’s something you don’t get when you live in apartments. As an upperclassman, I feel lucky to live here and still experience that fun community that a lot of students aren’t getting from where they are living now.

What is like to be a host student?

Well I chose to do this program because since I studied abroad, I know how hard it is to be in a new country and not know anyone. It’s also difficult to meet locals because you might fear the language barrier so I just wanted to help students in that situation.  Also, when I was abroad, I had the best host student and that made all the difference in my time there. Some of my best memories were with my host student so I wanted to give that to someone else.