Monday, September 1, 2014
Senior Year: Here we go!
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.
"Carpe Diem"
- Luke -
AMDG

Senior Year: Here we go!

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.

"Carpe Diem"

- Luke -

AMDG

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Being back on campus means that extracurricular activities are once again in full swing. Saint Louis University (SLU) offers more than 150 activities, clubs, and organizations for students. 
I had the privilege of helping establish SLU Wishmakers last year, an on-campus Make-A-Wish® chapter. Our incredible “wish child” wanted to swim with the dolphins, so we made it our goal to raise $3,000 to fund her vacation. We recently exceeded our fundraising goal, raising nearly $4,000 for her family. To read more about our cause, please click here. I have also attached some photos from the welcome Wishmakers hosted for her family at SLURuba (the outdoor pool). 
SLU has taught me how to truly be a woman for others. I can’t wait for all the other opportunities this year brings knowing that I am constantly learning — inside and outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -Mother Teresa

-Brinda

Being back on campus means that extracurricular activities are once again in full swing. Saint Louis University (SLU) offers more than 150 activities, clubs, and organizations for students. 

I had the privilege of helping establish SLU Wishmakers last year, an on-campus Make-A-Wish® chapter. Our incredible “wish child” wanted to swim with the dolphins, so we made it our goal to raise $3,000 to fund her vacation. We recently exceeded our fundraising goal, raising nearly $4,000 for her family. To read more about our cause, please click here. I have also attached some photos from the welcome Wishmakers hosted for her family at SLURuba (the outdoor pool). 

SLU has taught me how to truly be a woman for others. I can’t wait for all the other opportunities this year brings knowing that I am constantly learning — inside and outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -Mother Teresa

-Brinda

Friday, August 29, 2014
Celebrating a successful move-in with good friends and Pappy’s BBQ just down the road from Saint Louis University’s campus! The food was well worth the one hour wait! -Brinda

Celebrating a successful move-in with good friends and Pappy’s BBQ just down the road from Saint Louis University’s campus! The food was well worth the one hour wait! -Brinda

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Home!

I can’t believe the summer has gone by so fast! Believe it or not, many of you incoming freshman will start moving in tomorrow. How awesome is that?! As soon as you step on campus, you are taking your first steps into your home for the next four years; and we cannot wait to welcome you! Welcome Week is one of the best weeks of the year and it is where you can meet some of your best friends. With that, here is some advice for you as you enter your first week of college here at SLU:

1. Go to EVERY Welcome Week event. They are all so fun and provide a perfect opportunity to meet new people!

2. Get to know your RA’s and Oriflamme leaders. These people are some of the best on campus. If you need help with anything just ask! All of them want to not only be your mentors, but also your friends! So make sure they know you!

3. Go to the Activity Fair and Sign Up for any and everything that remotely sparks your interest. You are not committing yourself to an organization just by putting your name down. So sign up for as many things as you want and don’t worry about your schedule right now because you can always decide later not to do it. Who knows, these could be your best friends for the next four years. 

4. Leave your door open! Believe it or not, this is a great way to meet people on your floor! A doorstop is great thing to put to use throughout the year. 

5. Don’t worry about making friends. Once you’ve finished worrying about it you’ll realize that your telling your new friends you’re worried about making friends. Everyone is in the same boat. Just be yourself and put yourself out there!

6. It is okay to eat by yourself. Believe it or not, it is not necessary to have ten friends with you to eat lunch. Yeah it makes it more fun, but don’t sweat it if your starving and all your friends have class at the same time. Just eat the sandwich, enjoy your me-time, and move on with your day. 

7. Go to class. As silly as this might sound to some of you, you are in college for a reason: to get an education. Do not blow off your first week of classes. 

8. Don’t go to class. I know, confusing right? Yes I know it is super important to go to class as much as possible. But your entire floor is going to the Cardinals game on Friday the same time as your psychology class. Go to the game. As long as this doesn’t happen very often and your aware of your professors attendance policy, you should be ok missing one class. 

9. Call your family. I know you just got dropped off and your embracing your new-found independence, but do yourself a favor and call your family. They are just as worried as you are about your first week of college and I’m sure it would make their (and your’s) to hear from you. 

10. Have fun! Yes college can be extremely stressful at times, but don’t forget that there is so much more to college than just your studies. College is all about doing new things, meeting new people, and having a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So take advantage of all that SLU has to offer!

Can’t wait to see you all on campus! If you have any questions about SLU please don’t hesitate to ask. 

Mike

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School!

babnatalie:

Wow, summer went by fast! In just 4 days I move back to my second home, and classes start exactly a week from today. I’ve enjoyed my time off, but I’m definitely ready to get back to my beloved SLU!

My summer has been pretty decent, to say the least. After I completed my internship with Dardis, I went to another favorite city of mine, NYC, with my mom and brother during a trip to the East Coast to visit art colleges for Matthew. I got to hang out in Strawberry Fields while local musicians played Beatles songs, see the John Lennon memorial, and visit the Dakota - where Mr. Lennon lived and died - so the Beatlemaniac in me was pretty happy.

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Strawberry Fields

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John Lennon Memorial

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Couldn’t go to NYC without seeing Times Square!

I’m also super excited to have tried something new this summer - aerial silks! I’ve had a fascination with silks since I first saw Cirque du Soleil, and have been wanting to try it myself since I saw cast members of the Cincinnati Circus climb and wrap themselves in them when I took trapeze lessons last summer. So I’m extremely happy to have found Circus Mojo in northern KY, where I took lessons this summer. My instructor Sharon was an amazing teacher, and a ton of fun to work with! I’ll definitely be going back again when I go back to Cincinnati over winter break, but I’m hoping to find a silks instructor in St. Louis too! 

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It’s been an awesome summer, but I’m definitely ready to start an even more awesome semester at SLU. I’ve dearly missed my dance family, and I’m super pumped to perform with XQ again on Friday. I can’t wait to get back to serving St. Louis with my APO brothers and living with my best friends, too! And as weird as it may sound, I’m definitely looking forward to starting up classes again, so I can truly immerse myself in all the opportunities for educational growth at SLU. 

To an awesome summer & an even better fall semester,
Nat

Friday, August 15, 2014 Monday, July 14, 2014

1500+ students, 20 leaders, 9 sessions, 5 weeks, 1 place: SLU

SLU101 has given me one of the best summer of my life! It was an amazing experience to be able to get to know the incoming First-Year students and their families, to make a connection with them, and to show them how SLU has changed my life in just two years. I cannot wait to see many of you next year!

New Billikens, get excited for the best four years of your life! Your new home is waiting for you. Welcome to this great family!

-Camilo-

Sunday, June 22, 2014
babmichael:

This past weekend fellow blogger Colleen and I took a road trip down to SLU to visit friends and be at our favorite place on earth. Here are some of things we did while we were in town!

-Hang out with friends that are either living at SLU over the summer or are from Saint Louis.

-Went to the Saint Louis Farmer’s Market located in the Saint Louis neighborhood Soullard. We then cooked dinner with all of the delicious fresh food we bought!

-Spent an afternoon by the pool at SLUruba, SLU’s outdoor pool. Tons of students like to relax in the sun both during the summer and in the warmer months of the school year. The pool even has real palm trees!

-Worked out at the Simon Rec Center. Yes it is still open in the summer! 

-Surprised a friend by being in town for their birthday. They had no idea we were coming!

The best part of the trip by far was being able to see everyone on campus. Whether it be people we knew very well, or only a little, it was great being able to see and talk to all of the familar faces. 

So we couldn’t go an entire summer without visiting SLU. For the first time ever I am counting down the days until summer is over; just another reason why SLU is such a special place. 

So get on campus this summer and Be here. Be a Billiken. 

-Mike

babmichael:

This past weekend fellow blogger Colleen and I took a road trip down to SLU to visit friends and be at our favorite place on earth. Here are some of things we did while we were in town!

-Hang out with friends that are either living at SLU over the summer or are from Saint Louis.

-Went to the Saint Louis Farmer’s Market located in the Saint Louis neighborhood Soullard. We then cooked dinner with all of the delicious fresh food we bought!

-Spent an afternoon by the pool at SLUruba, SLU’s outdoor pool. Tons of students like to relax in the sun both during the summer and in the warmer months of the school year. The pool even has real palm trees!

-Worked out at the Simon Rec Center. Yes it is still open in the summer!

-Surprised a friend by being in town for their birthday. They had no idea we were coming!

The best part of the trip by far was being able to see everyone on campus. Whether it be people we knew very well, or only a little, it was great being able to see and talk to all of the familar faces.

So we couldn’t go an entire summer without visiting SLU. For the first time ever I am counting down the days until summer is over; just another reason why SLU is such a special place.

So get on campus this summer and Be here. Be a Billiken.

-Mike

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Did you know that two Billikens, Brad Davis (2000-01) and Vedad Ibisevic (2003), are competing in the World Cup? David (US) and Ibisevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) are making all of us so proud. The US recently had an incredible victory against Ghana and Ibisevic even scored a goal for Bosnia! (via babbrinda)
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Hi all!

It’s summertime here at SLU! Here are some pictures of the SLU 101 Team hanging out during the summer, we are all super excited for first-year students that have and are planning to attend the SLU 101 sessions this summer. Check back for an upcoming, fun video with all the SLU 101 leaders!

Peace, love, and Be a Billiken
Nicole

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What is 9 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church really like? Listen as Ellen, Alex, and I talk about how diverse groups of students come together for prayer and worship at Saint Louis University. 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
babnatalie:

Yesterday began week 3 of my internship, and I could not be happier to be a part of this program! 
I would love to tell you a little more in detail about what I’m doing this summer:
Dardis Communications is a professional training company. Executive-level professionals pay $6000 to receive their training in soft skills like public speaking, business writing, and client interaction. For my internship, I had the opportunity to receive that same training for free through the Dardis Academy. I think that’s pretty darn awesome.
After spending 5 days in Chicago for training, I am now in the midst of spending 9 weeks running my own business as a professional clothier. This is a way for me to apply the skills I’ve learned and grow my professional network.
As a professional clothier, I make calls and send emails to prospects, meet with clients, advise professionals on how to look their best, take measurements, and place orders online through Dardis Clothiers. 
(If you wanted more information about the internship or wanted to learn more about our products, feel free to visit dardisacademy.com or dardisclothiers.com)
It’s been such a wonderful experience to be running my own business, and a successful one so far too! And I know that my education and experiences at SLU have a lot to do with how prepared I was for this venture, as well as the fact that I was accepted into the program.
I hope your summer is going as well as mine is so far, and please don’t hesitate to message me with any questions you have about life at SLU!
Be entrepreneurial. Be successful. Be a Billiken.
- Nat

babnatalie:

Yesterday began week 3 of my internship, and I could not be happier to be a part of this program! 

I would love to tell you a little more in detail about what I’m doing this summer:

Dardis Communications is a professional training company. Executive-level professionals pay $6000 to receive their training in soft skills like public speaking, business writing, and client interaction. For my internship, I had the opportunity to receive that same training for free through the Dardis Academy. I think that’s pretty darn awesome.

After spending 5 days in Chicago for training, I am now in the midst of spending 9 weeks running my own business as a professional clothier. This is a way for me to apply the skills I’ve learned and grow my professional network.

As a professional clothier, I make calls and send emails to prospects, meet with clients, advise professionals on how to look their best, take measurements, and place orders online through Dardis Clothiers. 

(If you wanted more information about the internship or wanted to learn more about our products, feel free to visit dardisacademy.com or dardisclothiers.com)

It’s been such a wonderful experience to be running my own business, and a successful one so far too! And I know that my education and experiences at SLU have a lot to do with how prepared I was for this venture, as well as the fact that I was accepted into the program.

I hope your summer is going as well as mine is so far, and please don’t hesitate to message me with any questions you have about life at SLU!

Be entrepreneurial. Be successful. Be a Billiken.

- Nat

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Summer!

babnatalie:

I apologize that it’s been so long since I updated you all; my life as a Billiken has been extremely busy lately!

Since we last talked, XQuizit went to Skokie IL (near Chicago) for Prelude Midwest, an urban dance competition. We may not have placed, but we competed with some of the nation’s best dance crews and held our own. It was definitely a weekend full of team bonding as well, and it was amazing to see the different styles and talents of other dance teams in the Midwest!

My dance life didn’t slow down after the competition, though, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. XQuizit had their showcase, titled #XQuizit, two weekends ago. I had the opportunity to choreograph a solo and a duet as well as a group routine for the show, and the audience seemed to enjoy it all! It was amazing to have one last big performance with my dance family and show off all the hard work we put in over the year.

More exciting news: I’m actually writing this blog from a hotel room in Chicagoland. I was recruited by Dardis, Inc. to be a part of their Academy this summer, and after I go through training this week I will be doing a 9 week long internship! I’m so thankful that one of my professors was flexible enough to allow me to take my final early so that I could grasp this opportunity. :)

I’ll be sure to upload videos from Showcase as soon as I get home (Mother Dearest recorded everything on her phone), so be on the lookout for those!

Until then, wish me luck, and I hope you have an awesome summer!

Billiken Love,

Nat

Friday, May 9, 2014
The Pius Library at SLU brings in therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week! It was the best way to relax before two of my hardest exams. 
-Brinda

The Pius Library at SLU brings in therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week! It was the best way to relax before two of my hardest exams. 

-Brinda