Be A Billiken Blog
What's life really like for college students? Bianca, Brinda, Camilo, Colleen, Mike and Natalie have the inside look at college classes, dorms, college sports and campus activities at Saint Louis University. Check in with them here, or follow them on Tumblr.
I’m so excited to be back at Saint Louis University (SLU) for my senior year of undergrad! I’m taking some graduate-level courses this semester and working on a capstone project in my research lab at SLU’s medical school. The MD/PhD student in my lab had his thesis defense a week ago and I was so glad to be there to support him. It’s awesome to see what being a PhD student is like and how each one of us can make an important advancement in our field of study.
Happy belated Fourth of July! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend filled with great weather, barbecues, and good times. I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and visit some of my SLU friends up in Omaha, NE. I had never been there before so I was excited to see the city that my friends speak so highly of. Fortunately, the weather was amazing so we spent a lot of time outside. We laid by the pool, walked around downtown, and enjoyed the company of their family and friends in a plethora of barbecues. One of my favorite things that we did was go camping along the Platte River on Saturday night. We set off a ton of fireworks and it was super cool to see them glisten in the sky and reflect over the water. All in all it was a great weekend and I’m happy that my friends are just a short drive away and I’m appreciative to have experienced something new.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been back at home in San Diego. It was nice to see my family and friends and catch up on how everyone had been doing. By the time I got home, all my friends had completed their first year at their respective schools. I enjoyed hearing about all of their experiences and how their year went. It was really awesome to see how much everyone loved their schools and it really showed how we all ended up at the perfect schools for ourselves.
Another great thing about going home is being able to go the beach everyday, which is the number one thing that I had missed. I sported my Billiken baseball hat every time I went to the beach and almost everywhere I went on top of that and it was surprising yet refreshing to find that a lot more people than I had initially thought actually knew about SLU and the Billikens. I met a few people who had previously attended SLU or had relatives that currently or used to attend SLU. It was great feeling SLU’s influence all the way back home thousands of miles away from campus.
It’s orientation season here at SLU and it has been really exciting seeing the incoming first year students around campus. It is crazy to think that I was in that position only a year ago. I was filled with excitement, nervousness, and wonder with what to expect during the two days at SLU 101 and the next year as a first year student. I had only been to St. Louis one other time before I had come to SLU 101 so the city and school were still foreign territories to me, but I just remember feeling so ready to start my journey at SLU after just those few days. The actuality of starting college was so much more real after choosing classes and meeting a few of my fellow peers.
There is so much in store for us here at SLU and SLU 101 is just the beginning. SLU 101 gives us just a small taste of everything we will endure over the course of the next few years. Living in a dorm for a night, making decisions on your own when choosing classes, being thrown into a group of people you don’t know and somehow making friends amongst them, and being around people who are just has excited, nervous, and unsuspecting as you are. Don’t be afraid to make the most of your SLU 101 experience; the opportunity for great memories await.
My name is Bianca. I have just finished my first year here at Saint Louis University and I would have never imagined that nine months could have gone by so quickly. This past year has been filled with countless memories, new experiences, and great friends in a city that instantly felt like home. SLU welcomed me with open arms and I quickly fell in love with this fun loving, passionate, and knowledge seeking community.
I look forward to continuing my journey and I can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you!
The end of a semester is always a busy time with final exams, volunteering, and graduation festivities. During these past couple of months, I also had the privilege of presenting my research at various meetings. I received an Investigative and Learning Experience (ILEX) Grant through the University Honors Program that allowed me to complete an independent research investigation in my lab. This incredible opportunity allowed me to discuss my project to different groups of people. I will continue to research this summer and will keep you all updated about my other activities as well!