Be A Billiken Blog
What's life really like for college students? Brinda, Camilo, Colleen, Luke, Mike, Natalie, 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.
In the past few weeks, I’ve had a blast serving with my Alpha Phi Omega family (and Big/Little reveal!), running past some awesome St. Louis landmarks on the way to finishing my first half marathon, decorating golf carts for the homecoming parade, and busting some moves with the Billiken. What a wonderful place to call home!
Be here. Be you. Be a Billiken.
Our Indian Student Association introduced the SLU and St. Louis community to Garba, Raas, and Bhangra — a night celebrating Navratri with a live band, dancing, and Indian food! This festival symbolizes a person’s internal battles and emphasizes the need to destroy the ego in order to advance spiritually. I absolutely love sharing my culture with friends and am already looking forward to next year!
Fall is my favorite season at SLU. Every single weekend there are dozens of club events and sorority/fraternity dances, it’s postseason baseball time for the St. Louis Cardinals, and the changing leaves make campus erupt with colorful beauty. My absolute favorite part of fall though is Nature Retreat, a weekend-long, reflection-charged, outdoor adventure through Campus Ministry.
Nature Retreat is held at Reis Biological Station in central Missouri (about two hours west of SLU). Reis, which is home to a preserved, natural prairie resting right along the calm Huzzah River, is typically used throughout the year as a research facility for biology students. However, one weekend each year Campus Ministry is allowed to settle in for a few days of camping, canoeing, caving, stargazing, hiking, and s’mores-making!
This year I got to be on the leadership team that helped plan the entire Nature Retreat weekend. The team prepared all the home-cooked meals and gave a few reflections. One team leader even led us in yoga Saturday morning! Nature Retreat is the perfect weekend to relax and re-focus. It is by far the most laid-back “retreat” you’ll ever go on, which is what sets it apart as so special for me. It’s open to all students from all religions and spiritual backgrounds. Our mix of 27 student-retreatants (and the perfect weather) made this year’s Nature Retreat the best yet!
For more info on Nature Retreat and a couple videos from years’ past, check out the Campus Ministry page here.
- Luke -
SLU students stake hundreds of American flags in the quad in rememberance of 9/11
Spirit Competition 2014
Every academic year at Saint Louis University kickstarts with Fall Welcome, our jam-packed week of crazy activities to welcome all new students and just celebrate life as Billikens. Fall Welcome includes freshman move-in, a colossal square dance on top of a parking garage, the Convocation ceremony with the President of SLU, a gigantic street party and concert, and, of course, the beloved annual spirit competition.
This year I was hired to photograph all of Fall Welcome as an Oriflamme member—the orientation and spirit leaders decked out in orange shirts. The competition is always my favorite event to shoot. The entire Class of 2018 gathered in Herrmann Stadium to cheer on the SLU Men’s Soccer team and compete against each other (residence hall against residence hall) to take home the spirit competition championship prize of box suite tickets to a Billiken Basketball game in Chaifetz Arena.
For more photos from the Spirit Competition, check out my full album here.
Be a Billiken.
- Luke -
Whelp, here it is. Senior year at Saint Louis University.
It’s crazy to look back on how quickly the past three years have gone by! I won’t go off on a long reflective description of how time is precious or anything… but I will tell you that I am stoked to be sharing my senior year SLU experience with you via this Be A Billiken Blog. Stay tuned for the inside scoop of life at SLU, life in St. Louis, and life looking back and growing upon my already three years at this amazing University.
- Luke -