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By Olivia Griffin /
October 9, 2017 /
Posted in: Academics, Catholic and Vincentian, Life in Chicago, Admission Process, Navigating DePaul, Student Life, Housing /
Both my mom and my oldest sister graduated from DePaul, but that does not mean that it was the school that I always thought I would be attending. To be honest, I originally imagined myself at a school much further from my hometown of La Grange, IL. However, health complications that came up during my high school career made that choice a bit unrealistic, so I applied to a few universities much closer to home: Loyola, Marquette, Michigan State, Indiana, and of course DePaul.
When I visited DePaul, I totally loved it. I had been to Chicago so many times before, but being in Lincoln Park was completely new to me. I was surprised that the city that I thought I knew so well had so much more to offer me. Walking down Belden, Kenmore, and Webster I felt the homey vibe of a close-knit neighborhood, which I had never expected in the middle of the third biggest city in the nation. It was so cool to see DePaul’s quad nestled in the midst of it all, so central, but yet so intimate. I could definitely see myself here. It was close to home, but it felt a world away.
After that visit, I started thinking more and more about DePaul. I knew that I wanted to major in Secondary English Education and DePaul would be the perfect link to Chicago Public Schools, giving me a much more diverse experience than my own high school gave me. That is the beauty of attending a city school—you are surrounded by amazing, worldly opportunities rather than being isolated in a small college town. There is absolutely never a dull moment! Whether you are interested in art, music, sports, comedy, or food, there is something for you to do each and every day with the U-Pass at your fingertips.
After my first quarter at DePaul, I knew I made the right decision. Not only was I living in one of the best cities in the world, but I was also surrounded by people who wanted to make a difference. If you don’t already know, DePaul is a Vincentian community that prides itself on its commitment to service and social justice by asking the question: “What Must Be Done? ” This was not something that swayed me in my decision to apply because I was not fully aware of its meaning, but it certainly made me feel a lot more fulfilled when I arrived and embraced the mission of the University.
So, what must be done? Your application to DePaul University of course! You’ll never know if you don’t apply!