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Every year at DePaul my belongings seem to multiply. Freshman year everything was able to fit in my Dad’s Jeep. Moving out Senior year – let’s just say it took some strategic thinking and a few car loads. If you choose to live on campus all four years you’ll likely go from a compact residence hall room to an apartment with your own living room and kitchen. Many of the items I've accumulated such as pots and artwork I'll use into adulthood - but I had a lot of clothes that I wasn't in need of anymore. Here's a few spots near the Lincoln Park campus to donate your used items and give back to the community:
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. I’m sure this was a favorite spot among many of us as kids. If you’ve already done the classics – Mt. Olympus Waterpark, the Ducks boat ride, and the upside down museum – I’d encourage you to dig a little deeper. Have you ever tried kayaking, photography, or Geocaching? The Dells are a great area for outdoor exploration. If you’re looking for a less touristy area, check out Mirror Lake, just make sure to bring your gym shoes and sunscreen!
Monticello, Indiana. Home of the Indiana Beach Amusement Park for the last 90 years! For $36.99 (cheaper than Six Flags!) you get all day access to 9 roller coasters, 22 classic amusement rides, and the water park. There’s even an arcade, beach swimming area, and a boat tour for those looking for extra attractions. Thinking about making your day trip into a full weekend? Indiana Beach has plenty of cottages, cabins, and camping options.
Awesome. So you’ve made it to the portion of your Orientation sign up where it asks you to select a Discover or Explore class. Follow these steps to ensure an informed and successful decision about your first class at DePaul.
Step One: Breathe. You’re going to take roughly 48 classes
during your time here at DePaul, today you’re choosing just one of them. Any class you choose from the options listed will fulfill the same Chicago Quarter Liberal Studies requirement.
Step Two: Know the difference between these three terms: Discover Chicago,
Explore Chicago, and Chicago Quarter. Discover Chicago includes immersion week.
Since immersion week starts the week before classes, you’ll step five days focusing
on just one class – which leaves plenty of time for class led excursions and
discovery of Chicago. Once regular fall classes begin, your Discover class will
meet once a week for 2.5 hours during the first eight weeks. Explore Chicago begins
with regular fall quarter classes. Your class will meet a total of 4 hours a
week for all ten weeks. You’ll still have plenty of time to explore Chicago,
but your excursions will be spread throughout the quarter. Chicago Quarter is
simply the overarching name of the program that includes both Discover and
Explore Chicago classes.
Step Three: Decide which type of course is best for you. I recommend Discover if you’re looking for the opportunity to meet new people and are new to living in a big city. If you’re living on campus, you’ll have an early move-in to your residence hall – for no extra charge! You’ll have access to your meal plan early as well. If you’re commuting to campus, keep in mind that Immersion week days can start early and go late. You’ll be need to make arrangements to and from campus. On the other hand, I’d recommend Explore for anyone who’d rather start classes in September, has a less flexible schedule, or wants to get in extra hours at a summer job before starting school full time.
Step Four: Look through the course options here and choose your top five.
Step Five: Sign up as soon as possible through Campus
Connect as some classes fill up faster than others. Make sure you’ve completed
your placement exams at least 24 hours prior! If you have difficulty signing up
contact New Student and Family Engagement at (773)325-7360.
In 2016, Metra will be rolling out 30 of these cars and based on customer reaction make a plan for future renovations. Dividing seats with armrests will give riders the option to define their own personal space on a crowded train, but the major buzz seems to be around the wall outlets. Finding an outlet in current Metra’s rail cars feel similar striking gold. Access to electricity in the new cars mean you can stream videos and scroll through social media during your entire commute without worrying about wrecking your battery. Look out for these new features the next time you hop on the Metra!
“DePaul isn't trying to be like every other university in
America, we want to be DePaul.”
Bold, but true. When you accept admission to DePaul you should be excited to know that your college experience won’t be like your friends’ who are attending other universities. As a student at DePaul you get to live in America’s third largest city. This means that you don’t have to wait until your senior year to have an internship. There are enough companies in the city for you to start interning as a first year student! When you’re sitting in class it won’t be with 500 strangers. At DePaul all but one of my classes has had between 20 and 40 students. We only have two large lecture halls in Lincoln Park that hold at maximum 100 students each. At DePaul our educational experience is personal and extends far beyond the classroom.
“The fact that St. Vincent de Paul’s name is over our door
gives us a sense of mission that we need to make a difference.”
After taking an entire course on St. Vincent DePaul I could share quite the list of fast facts. From at best an average priest to canonized saint, Vincent de Paul had quite the journey in his lifetime. More than 350 years after his death, Vincent de Paul’s Congregation of the Mission thrives on though the hearts and souls of Vincentians around the world. As a DePaul student you’re able to see hands on how the missions of justice and human dignity is fulfilled by asking and answering the question, “What must be done?”
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As Residence Hall Council (RHC) President I was incredibly proud of the many groups of Hall Senators who hosted events the week of Halloween. Highlights included caramel apple making, scary movies, pumpkin decorating, and costume contests. Seeing new DePaul students take the reins on planning events for their peers really speaks to the community you’re a part of when you live on campus.
To the right you’ll see our fantastic Corcoran Senators, Jesse and Anna, at the start of their Halloween event. Residents participating in the costume contest won college essentials, and all were welcome to enjoy pizza, play Mario Kart, and watch Hocus Pocus. Jesse and Anna show a great amount of commitment to making their residents feel like their hall is their home. I'm incredibly thankful that they are on RHC! Look out for them next year around campus!
If you’re planning on commuting to campus or living in your own apartment next year, don’t worry! Other organizations like DePaul Activities Board, Transfer Student Union, and Catholic Campus Ministries hold events that are open to the entire student body as well. Some exciting activities the last few weeks have included a Halloween themed grocery bingo night, tick-or-treating food drive, and a trip to a corn maze!
DePaul’s Loop Campus is located in the heart of Chicago at State Street and Jackson Boulevard. To move between campuses students can take either the Brown or Red Line. Although the Brown Line may have more scenic views, the Red Line stops between Fullerton and Jackson make their way through some tasty Chicago favorites that are sure to please any college student!
Sprinkles Cupcakes originally started in
Beverly Hills before the Food Network famous Candace Nelson opened a location in Chicago. Known for their 25 rotating flavors and Cupcake ATM,
Sprinkles is also dedicated to serving the communities of their locations. Since 2005, Sprinkles has donated $7 million
in cash and cupcakes to organizations. My recommendation is the Red Velvet,
which even comes in sugar free, gluten free, and vegan varieties.
Grand Stop: Pinkberry
Chicago has many frozen yogurt chains, but I’ve yet to find one that tops Pinkberry. My favorite is the original, a more refreshing version of traditional vanilla, with strawberries and Nutella. Before you head over be sure to download the Pinkberry app that serves as a punch card and your ticket to free froyo on your birthday!
Lake Stop: Magnolia Bakery
One of my best friends is from New York, so I originally stopped into Magnolia to pick up some dessert to further our great Chicago vs. NYC debate. This time folks, NYC wins hands down! Magnolia’s vanilla buttercream can only be described by the word 'perfect', so be sure to pick up a slice of cake the next time you’re in the loop!
Munroe Stop: Pret A Manger
First, Pret A Manger is located inside of Target, so you already know it’s going to be a great place. Second, their croissants are great and baked fresh throughout the day. This quick serve spot is a definite step up from the snack bar in most suburban Targets, so you can even grab a healthy lunch before class at a reasonable price if you want to take a break from your meal plan.
Jackson Stop: Garrett Popcorn
There’s no better way to get to know Chicago than the Garrett Mix! Cheese and caramel popcorn are mixed together in the same bag to create a sweet and savory snack. Just be sure to grab a few napkins before you head out to avoid cheesy fingers!
5th Place: Uncle Sammy’s
of the Six Serious Sandwich Shops of Chicago’ by Time Out magazine, Uncle
Sammy’s is a great soup and sandwich shop located below the 1237 West student
apartments. I recommend roast beef, ham, and provolone cheese on freshly baked
bread, also known as the ‘Windy City’. Another must is Uncle Sammy’s
Ghirardelli brownies. They’re the perfect dessert to save for your trip home!
4th Place: Jam 'n Honey
Nutella fans! You’re college decision will easily be made once you see Jam
& Honey’s Nutella jars on every table! Serving breakfast all day, you can’t
go wrong with the Banana Nut French Toast or Eggs Benedict. You’ll just want to
remember to stop at the ATM before heading to this cash only restaurant.
Third Place: State
State (at the corner of Webster
and Bissell) takes sports and food to the next level! 80% of ingredients are
locally produced before they are prepared in State’s full scratch kitchen and
served to your table surrounded by 124 flat screen TV’s. On Wednesday through Fridays State has
different specials that bring many menu items down to just $5.99 or $6.99 each,
including their signature Buffalo Skillet Dip and Signature Rock Shrimp.
Second Place: Homeslice
the street from State is Homeslice. Their 31 types of pizza (Yes 31, that is
not a typo!) are perfect for groups of two, four, or even more! Can’t decide
which pie to try? Calzones are also an option! I recommend the Smoked Ham &
Avocado - it’s a new twist on a time old classic. Homeslice also offers whole
grain crusts and gluten free options to please all pizza lovers.
First Place: Pasta Palazzo
Located at Halsted and Armitage, Pasta Palazzo offers classic Italian cuisine with
reasonable prices. The grilled calamari
appetizer in lemon-herb vinaigrette offers a refreshing twist to traditional
fried calamari. Next I’d suggest the handmade gnocchi with your choice of
sauce. After these two dishes your room for dessert may be limited, but if
you’re up for the challenge you won’t regret the tiramisu!
From O’Hare: Blue Line (O’Hare to Clark/Lake), then transfer to the Brown Line (Clark/Lake to Fullerton). This route takes about an hour.
From Midway: Orange Line (Midway to Roosevelt), then transfer to the Red Line (Roosevelt to Fullerton). This route takes about 50 minutes.