Be A Billiken Blog
What's life really like for college students? Bianca, Brinda, Camilo, Colleen and Mike 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.
What an eventful weekend! I attended a Neuroscience conference at the Ohio State University. I had the wonderful opportunity of representing Saint Louis University (SLU) and Missouri to present my work.
It was such a valuable learning experience– professors, students, and general community members asked me questions and listened to my presentation during a poster session. I ended up receiving 3rd place out of more than 70 posters presented, which was very humbling. My lab team at SLU has prepared me so well. A huge part of research is sharing and learning new work, and it’s so cool to see how I can be part of the greater research community as an undergrad.
One of my favorite things about living on campus is that there are so many things to do within the neighborhood that are within walking distance of the campus. Some things include heading over to City Diner for brunch, studying at Café Ventana, catching a show at The Fox, or biking down to the Arch. However, I would have to say one of my ultimate favorite things to do is to spend my time in Central West End. Central West End is a cute little neighborhood that is about a 20-minute walk from campus. I always catch myself down there studying at one of the various coffee shops, or getting a bite to eat at one of their abundant restaurants. I enjoy it for its calm vibes and adorable Christmas lights that are up year round.
It’s October 1st and it’s finally beginning to feel like fall, one of my favorite seasons! There are many reasons to get excited for fall: apple picking, hot chocolate, sweater weather, and fall break!!! However, one of my personal favorites for the season is SLU’s Make A Difference Day (MADD).
MADD is Saint Louis University’s biggest day of service. A countless number of on campus organizations and departments go out and help an organization within the Saint Louis community. The whole day is dedicated to helping out our cities local organizations and pretty much everyone on campus participates in some way. MADD is super fun and an event to look forward to every year!
Visitors at my home: Nicaragua!
One of my favorite experiences as a Billiken has been the opportunity to take pride of my own culture. As a Nicaraguan in a different country, it has definitely been challenging to completely adapt to my new home, but our community at SLU has helped me grow and connect with my own identity. I proudly represent the Latino population at SLU. I love talking to people about my country. I tell them important aspects of my culture and I always make sure they know that visiting Nicaragua should be on their bucket list (it should be in yours as well!).
Because of that, more than 20 Billikens has been able to come and visit me at home. My family and I are always excited to welcomed them, and it has been wonderful to see how much they want to learn about my country and my culture. I take them to my favorite places: lakes, beaches, rainforest, mountains in the north and some colonial cities. This summer, being my last one before graduation, I got to host 9 of my friends and it made my time at home even better!
With every visit, I’m always reminded of how I’m glad and extremely grateful for the choice I made of coming to SLU, the friends I’ve found, and the place I’ve chosen as my home away from home.
I recently found out that I will be a Billiken Buddy this semester and I could not be more excited and happy for this opportunity. It’s an awesome opportunity for potential students to visit SLU and see what it’s like to be a student here. I know many people who have actually decided to come to SLU because of a great experience with a Billiken Buddy. The idea of having Billiken Buddies is so cool because it just further helps with the adjustment into college life. You’ve already visited the school, slept in a dorm, attended classes and eaten the food so you know what to expect. I am beyond excited to hang out with some future SLU students!
Although summer season is almost over, I still have many memories that stayed with me after an incredible time. Almost a month into my last year at Saint Louis University, but I wanted to take the time to highlight some great moments of my summer:
Being a SLU101 Leader for one last time was an incredible experience. I was able to welcome around 1600 new Billikens and their families, and show them how SLU can be the right place for them. Although I’ll be gone next year, I am beyond excited to know many of you will get the chance to be welcomed to our incredible community and start your college experience with such an amazing program.
Enjoying Saint Louis
Knowing that this was my last summer before graduation, I was dedicated to explore and get to know more about my second home, Saint Louis. I was able to try many new restaurants in South Grand, Central West End, and the Loop. I spent quality time outside, in Tower Grove Part and Forest Part, with many friends. And I enjoyed the hammocks and SLUruba (outdoor pool) in our SLU campus.
I added one new state into my list: Washington! Being my first time in the Pacific Northwest, I was amazed by its amazing landscapes and Mount Rainier viewed from everywhere! Connor and I stayed with Kara (three of us on the picture), and we had a great time visiting new places. It was an awesome experience to end my summer time at the So grateful for these friendships and the opportunity to travel and explore many places with them!