DeBlogs > Logan Paluch
Although I am sure I wrote a
blog on scholarships before, I want to reiterate the importance of applying for
them because it amazes me how many students won’t after their freshman year.
They’ll receive the same or perhaps less financial aid while the cost of
attendance rises. If you finance your own
college education, I’m sure you are all too familiar with the ins and outs of
financial aid. If you aren’t, then please take my advice and relieve your
student debt. Even if your parents pay for college, be generous back and reduce
each of their quarterly payments with these simple tricks.
First, I encourage everyone
to fill out the general applications available on Scholarship Connect. My
senior alone, I received an extra $6,500 from the finance and accounting
scholarships. There are few questions where the answers must be 500 words or
less, but each general application puts your name in for multiple internal
scholarships, so your odds are better than you think.
Also, if you have already
filed for financial aid, if you need to, consider filing a financial aid appeal
form. The 2019-2020 forms were recently posted and you find them at this link. As my dad always says to me,
“The worst they can say is no”. My father and I sent an appeal form as an
incoming freshman and every year since. The results can truly vary.
were a member of some clubs or organizations on campus, you may have had a run
into the DePaul Financial Fitness Program. The premise of this program is that
an employee of the program would visit and provide tips and guidance on
important financial undertakings like off-campus housing or financing your
I am proud
to announce that have begun a new position of on-campus employment as a Peer
Financial Advisor under the Financial Fitness Program. With the generosity of a donor, I am part
of new specialty team aimed at taking the program into new territory. The new
program hopes to expand outside class presentations and perhaps dive into
one-on-one advising sessions. After my time as a Financial Coach at the Center
for Economic Progress over the last summer, I was excited to see that kind of
program make its way into DePaul.
program is still being developed, but I am hoping that undergrads will soon be
able to seek guidance from an advisor soon. I understand that college is not
cheap, especially if you’re financing your education yourself. Things happen in
life unexpectedly, and if you’re feeling stressed or simply need advice, I hope
the new Financial Fitness Program will be a valuable resource at your disposal.
I will provide updates on details when I attain them, but for now expect help
on a topics such as credit building, student debt, loans, and applying for
If you are
a prospective student who has been admitted into DePaul University, I strongly
recommend attending the admitted student days to hear first-hand from current
students on their experiences at DePaul. Yes, you can read DeBlogs and gain a
good sense, but these events are a great opportunity to ask questions and
express any concerns you may have.
hear from a panel of students from 10:00AM to 10:30AM in the Lincoln Park
Student Center on the following dates:
Friday, February 22
Friday, March 15
Friday, April 12
I will be
speaking at the student panel on Friday, February 22. If you are thinking of
going into the Strobel Accountancy Honors Program then you were probably also
invited to attend a Strobel Honors Reception. The receptions take place from
1:30PM to 2:15PM in the Loop at the DePaul Center on the 11th floor
in the DePaul Club room on the following dates:
see me at the March 15 and April 12 receptions and I’d be happy to answer any
questions you may have before finalizing your decision on what college to
enroll in. You can register at go.depaul.edu/admittedevents.
*This article is more
directed towards juniors and seniors, but if you are under 21 then you have
something to look forward to.*
As a student of three honors
programs, I haven’t much leeway when it came to deciding my classes. Lately, each
quarter would be one class towards honors accounting, one class towards honors
finance, one class within honors requirements where I at least could decide the
topic, and then one class that usually fulfills a business core requirement.
After a fall quarter where I took two graduate-level accounting classes, an
honors finance class, and an honors senior capstone, I was burnt out. That is
why on the first day of the winter quarter I decided to swap an honors class
for something I actually wanted to take out of my own freewill. With space for
just one class in my last year of college where I could choose anything, I
decided to enroll into HSP 333: International Wine Education and Management.
Sure, a class where you taste
wines every week on Thursday may come across as wanting to receive an “Easy A,”
but this class encompasses much more. I chose the class to expand my knowledge
of wines in hopes of improving my etiquette for professional networking events
or any other formal occasion. I’ve always enjoyed wine, but could never
distinguish a good one from a bad one, nor did I know what to look for on a
bottle. Midway through the quarter I can say that there I much to learn about
wines and that the tasting component of the class is a way of learning the
different varietals there are. Perhaps I enjoy the class because it is a
different tone and pace from business courses, perhaps it is the free weekly
wine. I encourage any student to not be afraid to look for classes outside your
field or comfort zone if given the flexibility, because the last thing you want
to say after you graduate is “I should have…”
I remember the first time riding the L and looking at the train line map like it was in a foreign language. I thought to myself, “how could I remember all these stops’ names and where I was?” Just as any newcomer to the CTA, hearing the “doors closing” sent my class and me into a frantic rush into the train since everyone was afraid not to get left outside the cart and removed from the group. Then came the day when the professor let us get back to campus on our own after an excursion to one of Wright’s houses. It was that time when I had the first moment of actually exploring the city as a local, unrestrained of guidance and freedom to go anywhere I want. At the time I did not know where I was or how far from campus I had ventured with a small group of classmates, but now I realize it was Belmont since it was when I was introduced to Cheesie’s Pub & Grill.
For the rest of that quarter, I continued my explorer mentality and getting acclimated to the new lifestyle that is college. I would say I miss that feeling of being a newcomer, full of curiosity and awe from the new wave of experiences that were to come.
While the bus is my savior when it comes to traveling to and from the Sheridan station, I ride the buses for more than just commuting to class. Since the train station is about five blocks west, bus #36 travels north and south on Broadway, a street lined heavily with restaurants and grocery stores. Timing the buses is sort of an art, however, one that requires experience with the CTA system. To this day I still am not quite sure how many minutes it takes from one train stop to the other, so I often will miss the bus that’ll pick you up at the train stations. The best way to track both trains and buses is the Transit Stop app. Although the Maps app that comes with IOS does provide bus arrival times, since I started using this platform about three weeks ago I had multiple instances where the Maps app provided wrong information. Such an instance was telling me a bus was arriving in three minutes but it turned out to be twenty-five minutes instead. So ultimately, what I am trying to hint at is that there is no need to waste money on Uber or Lyft, but instead, take advantage of the CTA system in which DePaul provides .
On the other hand, choosing to attend DePaul, or stay for that matter, solely based on the premise it is located in Chicago does not by any means constitute a valid reason to study here. Truth be told, I think it is the field experience - in terms of jobs and internships - that separates DePaul from most universities. I see firsthand the dedication of studying in honors programs, declaring multiple majors, working a job as a full-time student (whether it be on or off campus) and attaining internships before graduation; all to which typical DePaul students will have the luxury of accomplishing as opposed to those of a state school. I see old high school classmates in their state universities partying and tailgating, to which I must admit seems so fun, you know that stereotypical college experience. But, it is no wonder as to why parties are the dominant theme; they don’t have some of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions, corporate employers, and recreational parks in their backyard. There is a reason why Chicago is the first destination they flock to when summer break comes around.