Loyola University Chicago

Student Complex

Division of Student Development

Student: Keimia Mehrabian

Keimia

Majors: Nursing
Started LUC: 2012

I am originally from Houston, Texas and I moved to Illinois about 12 years ago, and grew up in the suburb of Plainfield. Family is a big part of my life, so choosing Loyola was kind of perfect in that it was far, but close enough away that I could go home anytime I wanted to see my family. I come from a very cultured family who always pushed me to dream big and never be afraid to go after what I wanted, which has been instrumental in all my achievements here at Loyola!

Seeing as I just passed my nursing boards and am officially an Registered Nurse, I am moving back to Houston, Texas to pursue my career as a nurse. That’s my first step, but after that I don’t know what lies ahead, and that’s what excites me! I am at the point in my life where I have a whole future to look forward to, and I don’t want to limit myself to anything. I am going to take it one step at a time and explore the limitless opportunities that are out there.  I know that I want to get my masters of nursing and then eventually I want to teach nursing clinical- hopefully back here at Loyola where it all started for me. 

keimia palm

Outside the classroom, I have a few on-campus jobs. It all started when I became an orientation leader, which was an absolutely amazing experience that opened a lot of doors for me and introduced me to different campus partners and resources. For the past 2 years, I have also been an academic tutor, tutoring nursing classes. More recently, I have been working at Damen Student center as a Student Supervisor. This job has been an incredible experience – teaching me how to be a peer manager, how to organize and set up different events and collaborate with other departments. My job at Damen has really allowed me to step out of my comfort zone, meet many people and work in the center of student life on campus. I started working at Damen prior to its expansion, so it’s been exciting to see how the student center has progressed and how it truly has become the hub of student life and activities. 

I think the thing that makes me smile the most about Loyola is the great community it has. I have been lucky enough to find community in several different areas, whether that is through the tight knit nursing community or the community I’ve built through Damen. It’s not that often that you get a job and meet so many incredible and kind people, and that is something that is special about Loyola. Coming to Loyola I never expected to be welcomed with such open arms and kind people, and because of that generosity, I have made a home away from home here at school.  

damen staff

I completed my Community Health Nursing Clinical in Roger’s Park and was able to go around, meet people who lived in Roger’s park, assess their needs and help them clinically. This was a great opportunity for me to interact with members of Roger’s Park. One way I’ve interacted with Chicago communities is through volunteer work. I have done a lot of volunteer work at various hospitals and it’s been a rewarding experience for me, as I have learned a lot not only about the Chicagoland community, the medical field, but also the perseverance of so many patients. 

I completed my Community Health Nursing Clinical in Roger’s Park and was able to go around, meet people who lived in Roger’s park, assess their needs and help them clinically. This was a great opportunity for me to interact with members of Roger’s Park. One way I’ve interacted with Chicago communities is through volunteer work. I have done a lot of volunteer work at various hospitals and it’s been a rewarding experience for me, as I have learned a lot not only about the Chicagoland community, the medical field, but also the perseverance of so many patients. 


These past 4 years have really impacted my views and definition on justice. Justice, means working hard to do what is right for the community at large. It’s about creating and opening up opportunities for all, so that everyone has a chance to work towards their goals and dreams. In the context of Loyola, justice means creating an even playing field for all students, so that each student has equal and fair opportunities to advance and succeed in their future. It’s about putting any differences aside, and focusing on the greater good of the students – making positive changes to ensure that each student is getting the best experience possible. 

Coming from a public school, I did not really know what to expect with Jesuit Education. Having completed these four years, I now see that Jesuit education has completely shaped my life and the person I am today. It has taught me to challenge myself, to reflect on both my successes and failures, and to step up as leader in all aspects of my life. Loyola’s holistic approach has allowed me to become an individual who has excelled not only academically, but as a leader and a member of society. I have become a kinder, more spiritual, and more aware person. You learn not only about history, philosophy, or religion, but you learn about how to care for the whole person- encompassing their mind, body and spirit. 

keimia grad

My favorite spot on campus is the patio of Palm Court. It has a bird’s eye view of Loyola’s lakeshore campus and for me it puts into perspective the evolution of not only Loyola’s campus, but own journey through college. These past four years have been life changing for me, introducing me to new friends, new experiences, new jobs, and a new future of nursing to look forward to. At the same time, when I go up to palm court, I can see how much Loyola has changed these past 4 years, whether that is through the campus –wide expansions or the new communities it’s been forming. My favorite place in all of Chicago is actually the Shedd Aquarium. Besides it being an Aquarium filled with all sorts of life and aquatic animals, it has an amazing view of the Chicago skyline. 

  Keimia Shedd

 

I would tell future ramblers to not be afraid and to get involved! There are so many amazing ways to get involved at Loyola, whether it’s through clubs, organizations, Greek life, on-campus jobs etc, that it’s so easy. Putting myself out there and getting involved was one of the best things I did, and my only regret was not doing it sooner. I truly believe that my experience here at Loyola was so much better when I took a chance and got involved. It only takes one step, and the rest happens in the blink of an eye, so my advice is to just really enjoy the journey because it’s one amazing ride!

 

 

 

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