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Three Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming to DePaul

1) You're about to have access to one of the biggest cities in the US. Take advantage of it, it's what makes DePaul unique.  The fun events, the food, the cultures, the companies, the volunteer opportunities.  Of course it depends on what you're studying, but the point is that there's something for almost everyone.  Unless you're hoping to work exploring the mountains, there's a good chance that you can find something to do off campus.  I waited too long to get involved in things off campus, and I regret doing so.  

​2) The Vincentian mission​ can have an impact on your experience, if you choose so.   I knew nothing about the mission before coming to DePaul, but freshman year I got involved in DCSA ​(DePaul Community Service Association) and went on a service immersion trip to New Orleans.  These experiences started something that made my time extra special at DePaul.  The experiences helped me better understand what I want to do after college and how I see myself staying connected to the values that DePaul is founded on.  The two pictures below are of my group on a service immersion trip to Philadelphia.


3) You're going to have more options of what type of people you're surrounded by, and they will deeply impact you.  Your friends and their interests, work ethic, and choices will change you, and it's important to be ready for that.  In some cases this might require adaptability and in other it will require strength to move on from new friendships.  There are a lot of different people here.  Some people are really
passionate about social justice, some are looking to be top business executives, some are here for more fun, and many are figuring out who they are.  You get to choose how to spend your four years and who to spend them around, but know that they go dang fast.  The picture below is of some of my closest friends at DePaul after our intramural inner tube water polo championship game.
 
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