Seeking for my greater purpose
Hola everyone! My name is Camilo, and I am so excited to welcome you to my amazing journey as a Billiken at Saint Louis University! I came all the way from Managua, Nicaragua, and am currently a sophomore pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I want to start by introducing myself, and let you know more about my on-campus involvements and my experiences so far at SLU!
I am part of the Micah Program, which is one of the Learning Communities we have on campus. It is based on faith and social justice, and it has been a great experience and one of the best decisions I have made since I came to college. Through this program I started doing continuous service at a tutoring program called Firm Foundations. Here I tutor children from refugee families in the US, and it has been an amazing experience. I am also a member of SLU Shakti, a Bollywood Fusion Dance Team on campus. We compete at different universities around the country and this weekend we are actually going to nationals, which will be taking place in San Francisco, CA. In addition, I am a member of the Diversity Leadership Cabinet (DLC) on campus, in which we address different issues related to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Moreover, I will be a morale captain in Dance Marathon, for which we have an amazing goal to fundraise 250K for the kids! Finally, I am a UniversityAmbassador, so I work in the office of Admission. It is the greatest job ever for many reasons, one of them being that I get the chance of be a tour guide for many of you that come and visit the university.
I came to Saint Louis University because after my first visit I knew this was the community that I wanted to be part of. The friendliness and openness I received since the beginning has made my transition and experience unique and unforgettable. The Jesuit education has been a huge part of my life, so I decided to continue allowing myself to grow not only in the academic aspect of the human being, but also in mind, body, and soul. I wanted to go to a college that would challenge me in different ways, allowing me to give the best of myself in every experience. I was able to find an awesome engineering program, incredible service opportunities, and the chance to be involved on campus in many things that I am passionate about. I can say that I was called to be a Billiken, and I wouldn’t change my experience so far for anything. I found a second home away from my country, a place in which I would truly become a man for and with others. This is a place that students not only come for a purpose, but for a higher purpose. I look forward to finding this greater purpose during my time at SLU.
I’ve got some big news from campus…
ALWAYS For The Kids #FT250K
The Happiest Place On Earth
While the Billiken basketball team may have been taken down by Louisville yesterday, the 48 hours after the victory over NC State on Thursday had campus in a state of madness. And when I say madness, I mean a joyous energy that took over our campus, reminding us all why we love SLU so much. Don’t believe me? Here’s the breakdown of those 48 hours.
Thursday 3/20 6:20-9pm: The basketball team, led by our beloved senior starters, executed one of the greatest comebacks in school history over NC State, capturing the nation’s attention. The watch party I attended at the Billiken Club (Salsi’s) was one of my favorite memories of freshman year. The amount of cheering, screaming, jumping up and down out of excitement, and racing hearts was unreal, and an incredible atmosphere to be a part of.
Thursday 3/20 9pm-2am: Endless chants of “S-A-I-N-T L-O-U-I-S (cue the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In”) are heard all over campus. Nobody complains of lack of sleep because WE ARE THE BILLIKENS!
Friday 3/21 9am: The school announces the election of our new president: Fred Pestello, Ph.D., former president of Le Moyne College. As a lifelong Clevelander, and the daughter of two John Carroll University alumnae, it took all of my energy to summon the desire to scream “GO TRIBE! GO BLUE STREAKS!” as Dr. Pestello referenced his Cleveland upbringing and undergraduate degree from JCU. I was impressed by Dr. Pestello’s speaking manner, excitement for our SLU community, and plans to build upon all that makes SLU great.
Friday 3/21 9:20am: I almost faint while shaking Dr. Pestello’s hand. Best handshake EVER!
Friday 3/21 10am-2pm: Billikens enjoy the beautiful weather while walking around on campus in between classes. The Kappa Deltas are out on the Quad promoting their Shamrock Week philanthropy efforts, blasting the best of the best of *NSync, Backstreet Boys, the Spice Girls, and more for all to hear (I know: BILLIKEN JAM TIME!).
Friday 3/21 3:00pm: I enjoyed my very first trip to Castlewood State Park. While the leaves may not be reappearing on the many trees just yet, the scenery was beautiful, and even more enjoyable in the 70+ degree weather.
Friday 3/21 10:30pm-3am: Billikens flock to the Steamroller Bagel Truck, parked on Laclede, to buy a bagel and support SLU Dance Marathon’s efforts in raising funds for SSM Cardinal Glennon and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals. For The Kids!
Saturday: Billikens prep for the Louisville game. While the basketball team bows out of the NCAA tournament, Dr. Pestello shows up to the student watch party in the Billiken Club and offers $20 to be raffled off to a student. We made sure to show our new president that, win or lose, we are proud Billikens always.
So be here. Be a Billiken.