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Keys to Successfully Registering for Classes

This week was a big one for many students at DePaul, because we picked classes for Spring Quarter! When I first started college, I was very worried and overwhelmed with all of the classes I had to get done. As time went on, I realized all of the resources I needed in order to stay on track for my degree and make sure I was taking the best classes possible.

1. Meet with your advisor.
I try to meet with my advisor each quarter before I pick my classes. I do this to make sure I am still on track to graduate on time, and that all of the classes I am taking count as either a core class or towards my major.

2. Make sure you are comfortable with Campus Connect (the website we use to pick classes).
Before my sophomore year, I always dreaded picking classes because Campus Connect really confused me. I began to play around with the website a little more, and realized how to pick classes more easily so that they would fit my schedule. I recommend making sure to mark what times or days you would like a specific class to be, and also what campus you would like it to be on. 

Campus Connect Main Screen
3. Take some core classes first, especially if you are unsure of what major you want to pursue. 
During my freshman year, I was sure to take my two math classes right when I began at DePaul so I could get them out of the way. I remember hearing my friends complain about still having to complete their math credits last year, and I was so grateful that was not me. I also suggest taking other core classes first because it is best to focus more on your major as your time at DePaul comes to a close.

4. Create a schedule that works best for you. 
Make sure you pick classes at times you are ready to learn. You have a lot of flexibility to pick classes as early as 8 in the morning, or as late as 6 at night. I also suggest not being afraid to pick classes at a lot of different times, because then you can figure out what works best for you.

5. Make sure you know your registration time!
In order to assure you get all of your preferred classes, you should be sure to register as early as possible! On Campus Connect there are different sets of registrations times for students, so make sure to check yours.

I hope everyone is enrolled in all of the classes they wanted, and are excited to begin Spring Quarter (arguably the best quarter) very soon!

girl at computer



Getting Around Outside Chicago


Hi everyone! If you are reading this, you somehow made it through those truly awful cold days. After the polar vortex, the Midwest was treated with some great weather!

This past weekend, I left Chicago and visited a friend at University of Iowa in Iowa City. One great thing I have found about living in Chicago is the Megabus system. I took a Megabus from Chicago to Iowa City, and it went very smoothly. If you are considering coming to DePaul but are worried about missing your friends, I highly recommend taking a Megabus to go visit them. The Megabus is a cheap way to get around when you do not have a car in the city. It is also a great substitute for a plane because you can save a lot of money. The Megabus can take you anywhere around the United States, and it is great for a student on a budget. I have also taken a Megabus to Madison, Wisconsin as well as to my home city Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sydney in Iowa
Sydney and friend on the Megabus
While I did have a fun time seeing my friend and getting to explore a new city, I missed Chicago a lot. It reminded me of how cool it is to go to college in the middle of a big city with so many opportunities and things to do. Now that the polar vortex is over, I will be sure to spend this next week enjoying the (mostly) warm weather. 

Remembering Warm Days


I hope everyone is staying warm! Here at DePaul, we have already been given Wednesday off class and potentially Thursday. In honor of the cold weather, it seems right to look back on this past summer I spent in Chicago living with my friends in our apartment.

This past summer was the first one I spent in Chicago, and I had so much fun living in an apartment with my friends. One of our favorite fun and free things to do was go to Millennium Park almost each Tuesday. Every week there was a new movie, and they showed some of my favorites such as Coco and Get Out. All of my friends worked 9-5 shifts during the week during the summer, so we typically all met at the park and had a picnic dinner while watching the movie.
Coco at Millennium Park
Another highlight of my summer was going to Lollapalooza. This was my second time going to the festival, and I had so much fun. I saw some of my favorite artists such as Brockhampton, Allie X, Bruno Mars, Jaden Smith, and more. It is so crazy for me to think back to this festival, because my friends and I were SWEATING. One great thing about Lollapalooza is that they have free water fill up stations, which was my saving grace during each of the hot days during the festival. Having a music festival just minutes from my apartment is something I found to be super fun and exciting. My sister and her friend drove down from Minnesota to come to Lollapalooza for their first time, and we all had a blast. 
Lollapalooza 

Being able to live in Chicago for the summer was such a unique experience. There are so many fun things to do each day like going to the beach or simply walking around the city. There are also many street music and food festivals each weekend during the summer. I loved being able to live in the city over the summer and not have to focus on the stresses that school may bring.  


Winter Fun in Chicago

The true winter season has hit DePaul, but I am here to try to keep the winter blues away! Being in a big city like Chicago makes it a lot easier to find fun things to do in the winter instead of being stuck inside your dorm or apartment. Some things I recommend to do are going to a play, a museum, or a local coffee shop.

When you are a student at DePaul, you get free access to the Art Institute of Chicago which has amazing art from all around the world. Some of my professors have made it extra credit to go to this museum and look at all of the beautiful art work and exhibits, but I have gone for fun numerous times. I also recommend checking out the Chicago Cultural Center, which is also free to the public and is right across the street from the art institute. One museum I recommend with paid admission is the Museum of Contemporary Art. The art is rotated in and out fairly regularly, so it is worth visiting multiple times during the winter season! There are also many “free museum days” during the winter months, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.
Sydney and friend at the Art Institute
​During the winter, I also love going to new coffee shops and cafes. Some of my favorite places to grab a warm drink and a snack are Colectivo Coffee, Floriole Cafe & Bakery (this one is very close to the Lincoln Park campus!), Goddess and the Baker, and Dollop Coffee Co. With Chicago as your campus, there are countless cafes and museums to enjoy.
Camera, winter hat, latte


From Colombia to Minnesota


Hi everyone! I just want to wish a big welcome back to everyone at DePaul after our six (!!!) week break. This six week break is one of the things that I love the most about DePaul because it allows students to not be worrying about finals over Thanksgiving. DePaul provides countless programs and experiences to students over breaks. These experiences allow students to go on a short-term study abroad trip or a service immersion trip.

Over my break, I had the opportunity to go on a service immersion trip to Bogotá, Colombia with eight other students. On this trip we learned about the issues of the education system, displacement, and armed conflicts. Having the opportunity to hear stories from individuals who have experienced these issues first hand was so amazing, and I am forever grateful for their determination to spread awareness of what is going on in their country. One thing that I take away from this trip is the importance of community. Wherever my group went, we were welcomed with open arms. Despite the language barrier, we were still able to make a connection through laughs and smiles. One day while we were volunteering at a school, one boy in second grade named Oscar was determined to teach me Spanish. He found it hilarious that I did not know what basic things such as ‘cement’ meant in Spanish. While he was teaching me Spanish, I also taught him some words in English as well.

Bogota, Colombia 
Once I returned from this trip, I was lucky enough to spend time with my family and friends in the arguably best state ever, Minnesota. One thing I miss the most going to school in Chicago is nature. While I was home, my mom and I planned a day trip to Duluth, Minnesota. While we were there we hiked through the snow and saw some beautiful sites.

Nature in Minnesota
​I hope everyone had a wonderful break, and I hope everyone has an even more wonderful winter quarter. :) 


Thankful!

I can’t believe it is week ten already here at DePaul!  Finals are already well underway at DePaul, and our winter break officially starts on Wednesday.  The past week has been filled with studying and writing papers, but this weekend I went to two Friendsgiving celebrations!  On Friday I celebrated with some friends in my sorority, and on Saturday my roommates and I hosted one at our apartment.  Both nights I was responsible for making apple crisp, which is my favorite fall dessert.  For each Friendsgiving, everyone invited was required to make an appetizer, a plate for dinner, or a dessert.  Surprisingly, everyone brought such great food and made everything from scratch.  Since DePaul is not in session during the Christmas season at all, I found it to be especially necessary for us all to spend this time together before the holidays.  
I am so grateful for all of my amazing friends I have met at DePaul.  I came here freshman year not knowing a single soul and somehow got to meet some of the best humans I know.  Both Friendsgivings I went to this weekend allowed me to look back on how I met each of my friends, and most of them were simply by chance.  Whether it be having a dorm room right next to my best friends, choosing to room with a girl I met through the DePaul Class of 2020 Facebook page, or simply meeting someone through a friend of a friend, I am so happy to have all of these wonderful people in my life.  What are you grateful for? :)


Service Immersions

In honor of applications being open for spring break service immersion trips, I thought I should talk about the two trips I have had the opportunity to go on.  During the spring break of my freshman year at DePaul, I went to Bladensburg, Maryland.  During this trip, we went to D.C., as well as Baltimore in Maryland.  The focus of this trip was healthcare, which we learned a lot about when we visited many different sites in D.C..  When we went to Baltimore for a day, we learned about human trafficking, which was an issue I had hardly been exposed to before.  Human trafficking is rarely discussed in the media, so I was very grateful to learn so much about it. 

My second service immersion trip was to Los Angeles, California during my winter break last year.  The focus of this trip was homelessness, and we stayed in the heart of skid row.  This experience is something I will always remember, as well as all of the people I met.  The highlights of the trip for me were sitting with those who were homeless over lunch, and getting to know them.  One man I was talking to said he was so proud of our group for spending our winter break this way, and said he sincerely believes our generation has the power to change the world.  Another highlight of the trip for me was going to a site called Homeboy Industries.  Homeboy Industries helps many individuals who were formerly in gangs or incarcerated.  Their purpose is to help these individuals find a place back in society.  They do this by offering tattoo removals so it is easier for these individuals to get jobs, offering mental health services, workforce development, educational services, and more.  Homeboy Industries also has a bakery as well as Homegirl Cafe, which hires individuals who have come to Homeboy Industries seeking help.  Having these jobs that give them hands-on experience when many other places have turned them down due to their criminal record is a very important step in their road to success.

Both of these trips have allowed me to meet wonderful people at DePaul, as well as all over the United States.  Over winter break I will be going on a service immersion trip to Bogota, Colombia and I am so excited.  I cannot wait to write a blog about it. :)


SigEp LipSync

This past weekend, a few girls in my sorority and I participated in Sigma Phi Epsilon’s philanthropy event: SigEp LipSync.  The event consists of multiple sororities and fraternities coming up with a dance to a mix of songs, and then lip singing to the best of their ability.  This year the theme for the event was Halloween, so every sorority and fraternity that competed in the event made a mix of different Halloween songs and/or wore costumes.  My sorority had a mix of songs for our dance that included the intro of The Purge movie, “Heads Will Roll,” “Somebody’s Watching Me,” “Disturbia,” “Look What You Made Me Do,” and “Time Warp.” Everyone who attended the event was asked to give a five dollar donation at the door, and all of the donations were given directly to Erika’s Lighthouse.  Erika’s Lighthouse is present in many states, but has a location close to Chicago, in Winnetka, Illinois.  Erika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization that promotes and educates people on mental health and has the purpose of making sure no child feels alone during their depression. This is a cause I was truly grateful to support.  My sorority ended up getting second place in the competition, which we were really excited about!  We all worked really hard on the dance and practiced multiple times per week.  I was also so happy that many of my friends came to watch my sorority perform, whether they were in my sorority or not.  I had such a great time at this event and would encourage everyone to either participate or observe the event next year. :) 


Service with SGA

This morning, I had the opportunity to raise money for a local women’s shelter called Deborah’s Place with Student Government Association (SGA).  One new requirement for everyone with a position on student government is that they have to do at least five hours of community service a quarter.  In order to make this easier for everyone and more fun, we decided to do it all together.

We all met in the student center and broke off into two separate teams.  Each team went to a Jewel-Osco grocery store near DePaul’s campus.  Once we arrived at the Jewels, we set up a table with a sign and handed out flyers to people as they went inside to grocery shop. These flyers had a list of things the women at Deborah’s Place would like. 

While the beginning of the day was slow for my group donations wise, I was so surprised with how much we accumulated during the day.  People were so willing to give, whether it be dollar bill or multiple bags of toiletries.  One woman who gave us multiple boxes worth of supplies told us that Deborah’s Place had helped her when she was in a toxic relationship.  She explained how Deborah’s Place got her back on her feet, and how thankful she was for all of the work they have done and continue to do.  She even posted on her Facebook page and encouraged her friends to come stop by and donate items to us.  Today made me so happy to see how many people in our community are willing to give to others.  I also had a lot of fun spending time with everyone on SGA.


The Concert Queen

Hey DePaul!  This past week was filled with so much fun.  I went to three (yes three!) concerts this week, and also had my semi-formal for my sorority. 

On Monday evening, I saw a band called Years & Years.  I have been obsessed with them for about four years now, and I finally got the chance to see them live!  Wednesday night, I went to see Abhi the Nomad who I just recently began to like.  His show was very small, but he continuously had high energy throughout his entire performance.  On Friday night, I saw Kim Petras and Troye Sivan.  My roommate and I won tickets to this show through Radio DePaul and had the best night ever!  We are both such big Kim and Troye fans and are so grateful for the opportunity to see them for free with such great seats.  Each concert I went to was at a different venue, which I also found to be pretty exciting.  The Kim Petras and Troye Sivan concert was at the Chicago Theatre, which I had never been to before.  The venue was so beautiful, and Troye made everyone have a great time by singing and dancing their hearts out whether they were in the nosebleeds or in the front row. 

Friday evening was also my semi-formal, which was at the Laughing Buddha.  This venue just recently opened off the Chicago brown line stop and was perfect for our group.  While I had to leave my semi-formal early in order to get to the Troye Sivan concert, I still had a blast.

I hope you all had as fun of a week as I did! :)   ​​


Brunch in Chicago

Over the weekend I celebrated one of my friend’s birthdays.  Now, in my friend group, one of the necessities for celebrating a birthday is going out for brunch together.  We always try to go to someplace new, and today we tried out Batter & Berries.  Although we had to wait about an hour and a half for a table, I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves French toast.  The food and service were exceptional, and I will be back soon.

In Chicago, there are many restaurants to choose from for brunch.  There are places that are known for their cinnamon rolls, their French toast, fried eggs, and more.  When I first became vegetarian, I thought I would dread going out to brunch.  I had grown up eating sausage or extra crispy bacon whenever my family decided we were going to have a big breakfast together or when I went out to breakfast with friends.  To my surprise, Chicago has many restaurants with vegetarian and even vegan options.  Some of my favorite go-to places for brunch near the Lincoln Park campus area include Ann Sathers, Pick Me Up, and Cornerstone Cafe.  Cornerstone is my personal favorite.  Whenever I go there, I always build my own veggie skillet.  The skillet is placed on top of hash browns (I order mine extra crispy of course) with a side of pancakes.  The build your own skillet allows you to choose either toast, French toast, or pancakes as your side.  It is about a ten-minute walk from campus and rarely has a long wait.

One thing I love about living in Chicago is that you never run out of new places to try.  What are some of your favorite places to go to brunch in Chicago?  If you see me around campus, feel free to let me know.


Sounds of Cinema

Beginning in my freshman year, one of my friends and I decided to have a radio show on Radio DePaul.  The process of getting a show was very easy.  We simply contacted Radio DePaul and presented them with an idea for our show.  We were then each trained and taught how to work everything in the studio.  We got to learn how each piece of equipment works, and what it was for.  For our show, we wanted it to be about movies.  Our show is now called Sounds of Cinema, and we have a different theme each week.  My favorite theme we have had and will have again in just a few weeks is Halloween.  This is my favorite because we get to play songs from the soundtracks of our favorite Halloween movies.

Today, we started a new trend of themes: Astrology.  Our playlist today consisted of songs from movies with famous Libras.  For example, we had Hugh Jackman for The Greatest Showman, Will Smith from Men in Black, and Josh Hutcherson with a song from Bridge to Terabithia.

Radio DePaul has received many awards for being the best college radio station.  I feel so lucky to have this unique experience, and get to combine my love of movies and music!  I love getting text messages from my friends and family, who are able to listen to the show from across the country by simply going to the Radio DePaul website.  My parents listen every week, and love being able to hear my voice even though I am hundreds of miles away from them.

If you would like to listen to the show next week, tune in at 6-7PM on Sunday!


Meet Sydney

Hey everyone!  My name is Sydney and I am beginning my junior year here at DePaul.  I am majoring in Public Relations and Advertising (woohoo PRAD!) and am minoring in Graphic Design. 

In order for you all to get to know me a little bit better, I figured I would list off some fun facts about myself:

  1. I am one proud Minnesotan and talk about how amazing it is a little too often.  What does Minnesota have to offer you ask? Well it has 11,842 lakes (We call ourselves the land of 10,000 lakes because we are humble.), the one of a kind Minnesota state fair with the famous Sweet Martha’s Cookies, beautiful views up north including Lake Superior and the northern lights, and lastly we are the home of the Mall of America!
  2. I have been vegetarian for a year, except cheating twice with chicken...but really, who can pass up Canes?  I love trying all of the plant-based restaurants Chicago has to offer (I love you, Chicago Diner).
  3. I try to go to a concert every month.  Some of the best concerts I have experienced while I have been living in Chicago are Lorde, Bastille, Miguel, Kid Cudi, and Ariana Grande.  I also saw some amazing artists at Lollapalooza over the summer including but not limited to Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, BROCKHAMPTON, Allie X, Jaden Smith, TYLER, THE CREATOR and CHVRCHES.
  4. At DePaul I am a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, have a radio show on Radio DePaul with one of my roommates (tune in for Sounds of Cinema on Sundays from 6-7!), am the Senator of Mission and Ministry for Student Government, work as the Special Projects Assistant in DePaul Housing Services, and have gone on two service immersion trips to both Los Angeles, California and Bladensburg, Maryland. 
​I am so excited to write about my many interests and all the wonderful opportunities I have gained by going to DePaul.  If you have any questions about living on campus, how to get more involved, or really anything pertaining to DePaul, I’m your go-to gal. :)   

Student Organizations

Welcome back to all the DePaul students!  I am so excited for the school year to begin because I not only missed many of my friends who went home for the summer, but I also joined some different organizations this year that I am thrilled to be a part of.

The first new organization I chose to join is Student Government Association (SGA).  I ran for Senator of Mission and Ministry last spring and was so excited I got elected.  Everyone in Student Government is so driven to make change happen on campus, and I am so eager to work with each member this coming year!  One big initiative SGA is trying to achieve this year is to stop the use of plastic straws on campus.  Before the year began, every place to eat on campus agreed to not give plastic straws to students, unless a student specifically asked them to.  At the involvement fair this past Friday, SGA gave away every single reusable metal straw we ordered to students.  I am so proud to see we are already making a difference on campus less than one week in!

To all my fellow DePaulians, I hope you have a wonderful school year!  I hope to see you around campus this year or specifically at any of the MMATM events.  


Bid Day 2018

Hey DePaul!  I would like to start off this blog post by saying happy bid day to all of the women who went through recruitment this year! 

During my freshman year of college, I had no interest in going through recruitment whatsoever.  I thought all of the typical stereotypes about sorority girls applied to everyone at DePaul, and let me tell you I was 100% wrong. 

My friend went through recruitment freshman year and convinced me to go through formal recruitment during the fall of my sophomore year.  I decided I would give it a try, and if I hated it I would simply drop the process.  I told myself if I didn’t at least give it a try, I would have many “what if” moments down the road.

I was so surprised by how many genuine women I talked to during recruitment.  Each woman I interacted with was so passionate, driven, and simply the opposite of all the preconceived notions I had.  When it came down to picking what sorority felt right for me, I thought back to the sorority where I felt most welcomed.  This sorority for me was Alpha Omicron Pi (AOII).

This week, I was a recruiter for AOII and met so many amazing potential new members (PNMs) going through recruitment.  While being a recruiter was very time consuming, I appreciated getting to know many of the women going through the process and hearing things they were passionate about.

Today, 31 new members ran home to AOII.  Along with these 31 new members, many members of AOII were recruitment counselors this year, and they ran back home to us as well.  Being a recruitment counselor means one helps PNMs pick what sorority they think is best for them.  In order for the PNMs to not feel any bias from their recruitment counselors, recruitment counselors have to disaffiliate from the chapter they belong to.  Many of my best friends in the chapter, including my big, were recruitment counselors.  This meant I was not able to talk to them or be seen in public with them since the end of August.  I was so happy to see my big run home to AOII and finally be able to hug her.  I am also so excited to get to know each one of the amazing new members better throughout the year, and potentially make one of them my little.