Be A Billiken Blog
What's life really like for college students? Luke, Nicole and Scott 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.
Here is St. Louis
I’m not kidding. I love St. Louis. We have a saying around here: "I’m from the Lou and I’m proud." Darn right! I don’t know what you’ve heard about this city, but chances are it was from some magazine, newpaper or online article.
For example, you may have read that St. Louis is ranked by Forbes as the #1 Happiest City for Job-Seeking College Graduates!
But let me talk to you first-hand, one-on-one, Billiken-to-Billiken: St. Louis is amazing. And it’s only going to get better in the next four years! (And not only because YOU’LL be at Saint Louis University, which, of course, would make any city better, right!?)
Here are my Top 10 St. Louis Summer Hits:
1) Free admission to America’s #1 Zoo
2) Free admission to shows at America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre
3) Free weekends concerts and fireworks downtown by the Arch in July for “Live on the Levee” and “Fair St. Louis” 2013, such as Trace Adkins, Counting Crows, K’nann, Josh Turner, and NEEDTOBREATHE
4) Free outdoor movies on Friday nights on Art Hill in Forest Park
5) Free admission to the Whitaker Music Festival every Wednesday night at the Missouri Botanical Gardens
6) Cardinals Baseball at Busch Stadium, also known as “Baseball Heaven”
9) The night life scene on Washington Avenue, as well as America’s best adult playground at the City Museum (a transformed old shoe factory!) also located on “Wash Ave”
10) Amazing headliner tours and sports exhibition games, such as Taylor Swift, Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Nelly, Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and even REAL Madrid football, that choose St. Louis as a 2013 top destination at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade Center, Chaiftetz Arena, The Pageant, The Fox Theatre, Busch Stadium, The Peabody Opera House, and many more of St. Louis’ performance venues
And, like I said, St. Louis is only going to get better. This summer construction has started on two HUGE city projects: Ballpark Village and the renovated St. Louis Arch Grounds! Check out the hyperlinks and get pumped. Be proud.
Fall in love with this city. It’s my home, and it can soon be yours.
Be a Billiken. Be here.
Here is St. Louis
- Luke -
How’s Your Summer?
Summer at SLU has been a blast this year. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this past week (highs near 78!) and the St. Louis Cardinals still lead Major League Baseball with the best winning percentage of 2013.
Most college campuses are pretty quiet and empty during the summer months, but it’s the complete opposite here at Saint Louis University. From SLU101 orientation sessions, to summer classes, to dozens of various summer camps, midtown St. Louis has been a happenin’ and hoppin’ place!
As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my communication internship involves handling some marketing for "Summer At SLU." Each week I go out to the various camps, shoot some footage, and create a 60-second highlight video to post on YouTube for the University. Above is the video from week 8. It features clips from the Campus Recreation, Gardens to Tables, Grand Arts, Social Skills, and Sports Business camps, as well as a few clips from the special Anatomy 101 course taught to high school teens. Each week there’s a different variety of summer camps; you can view all other 7 weeks of video on SLU’s official YouTube channel, or by searching “Summer At SLU.”
So how’s your summer been? Check out these videos and definitely consider bringing your summer experience to a whole new level next year by spending some time at Saint Louis University!
This campus doesn’t take a summer vacation; SLU is alive every month and every day of the year!
- Luke -
Summer At SLU
This summer I have an awesome internship. I am working with a “special force” marketing group at Saint Louis University in the office of Enrollment and Retention Management Communications. One of our major projects this summer is “Summer At SLU" —- the collection and central organization of everything happening on campus from classes, to summer camps, to conferences, to orientations.
Each week I go out and search campus for the latest happenings. I shoot some footage, bring it back to my office, and create a short highlight video that we then post to SLU’s official YouTube account. It is then also posted on the Summer At SLU Facebook page.
The video above is the one I created for Week 4. Stay tuned as I post more over the coming weeks. And if you’ve been on campus at all this summer, keep your eyes peeled! You may have just become famous via the video!
Just as all these young kids, high school and college students, and even adults come to campus to learn and grow during Summer At SLU, I too have that opportunity through my sweet SLU internship. These weekly videos are enhancing my professional portfolio and will be perfect for showing future employers my experience with digital marketing.
"What kind of summer do YOU want to have?”
- Luke -
The school year has ended and summer has begun.I like to say it was a memorable year and I thank SLU for another amazing year full of great memories with wonderful friends. Cheers to a fantastic year and more years to come!
Have a great summer everyone!
BE A BILLIKEN
The City Museum is THE COOLEST PLACE EVER!!!! If you ever come to St. Louis, you MUST stop by!! :)
Wow. I owe all of you some major catch-up. Life abroad is indescribable; and even keeping up with social media can be difficult when visiting a new country every week! I want to drop you all a quick “Happy Easter” note, though, and briefly tell you about the best Easter Sunday I have ever had.
I spent my spring break abroad traveling across Italy: From Venice to Florence to Sorrento to Pompei to Capri to Praiano to Rome and finally to Vatican City for Easter. Yes, the Vatican for Easter Mass with the new pope, “Papa Francisco” as we call him here in Spain!
Oh, and did I mention that I had a seat in the fourth row!? The mass and experience was overwhelmingly beautiful. I cannot even begin to describe the peace, pride and joy I felt along with the other 250,000 faithful present that morning in St. Peter’s Square.
Ah, and I almost forgot to mention that I got published by the Vatican News! I brought my American flag to the square and waved it with pride to represent my home country - a tradition of the crowd at the Vatican. One of the Vatican journalists snapped a quick photo of me and the news service posted it on Facebook and on “The Pope App.”
What an amazing, amazing Easter morning! I look forward to sharing more of my spring break with you soon.
Be Global. Be Proud. Be A Billiken.
Experience the world with Saint Louis University.
- Luke -