Hi! My name is Brinda and I'm from Naperville, Ill. I am a sophomore studying public health at Saint Louis University. Fun fact: I had an Indian classical dance debut where I held a solo performance for an audience of 500 people. I continue performing the dance, Odissi, at SLU and in the St. Louis community! Check out my blog for more on my life as a Billiken.
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This past weekend was Homecoming and Family Weekend at Saint Louis University! Each day was packed with activities such as a golf cart parade (where this photo is from), tailgate, and the men’s soccer game with fireworks at halftime!
Being back on campus means that extracurricular activities are once again in full swing. Saint Louis University (SLU) offers more than 150 activities, clubs, and organizations for students.
I had the privilege of helping establish SLUWishmakers last year, an on-campus Make-A-Wish® chapter. Our incredible “wish child” wanted to swim with the dolphins, so we made it our goal to raise $3,000 to fund her vacation. We recently exceeded our fundraising goal, raising nearly $4,000 for her family. To read more about our cause, please click here. I have also attached some photos from the welcome Wishmakers hosted for her family at SLURuba (the outdoor pool).
SLU has taught me how to truly be a woman for others. I can’t wait for all the other opportunities this year brings knowing that I am constantly learning — inside and outside of the traditional classroom setting.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -Mother Teresa
in-a-blink-0f-an-eye said: Hey I was wondering how is Public Health and Pre Med are compared to other colleges i.e. Santa Clara University, Ohio State or Umass Amherst with the same program?
Great question! I love being a public health major at SLU.
Public health is not only a great major for pre-medical students, but pre-law, social work, or future researchers as well! As a student in SLU’s College for Public Health and Social Justice (the nation’s only college/school of public health at a Jesuit or Catholic University!), you learn about improving communities and what policies can be implemented to prevent diseases. Think of public health like this: what a physician does for an individual, public health officials do for communities.
Learning and living in urban St. Louis is incredible… and perfect for public health undergraduates. Did you know that St. Louis has some of the nation’s greatest health disparities? As a result, my classmates and I volunteer throughout the year to learn more about the city we call home.
My SLU professors have also been a main reason I chose to study public health. I get to know every professor well because of the small class sizes. My global health professor travels to Peru to study pollution effects on children, my faculty advisor (who is a physician as well) publishes several books, and the undergraduate program coordinator helps students sign up for international service trips and medical center research meetings. Whether you’re interested in maternal health in Missouri, legislative policies in Mexico, or cultural diversity in India, SLU’s public health program definitely has something for you.
What is 9 p.m. Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier College Church really like? Listen as Ellen, Alex, and I talk about how diverse groups of students come together for prayer and worship at Saint Louis University.
I’m a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors, and we held a Senior Night at the Ballpark event! The Class of 2014 (and my friends and I!) were able to watch a baseball game at Busch Stadium with Interim President Bill Kauffman and President-Elect Dr. Fred Pestello. To top it all off, the Cardinals won!
Hi everyone! I had a Formal event through SLU last week. We celebrated the end of the semester by dancing the night away at Windows on Washington, a venue right by City Museum in St. Louis! There was Indian food, caricature artists, photo booths, ice cream from Coldstone, and so much more. A huge thanks goes out to my date Luke for trying new things and making the night so much more special!
I also hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter. Since we have a long weekend in celebration of the holiday, I came home to Chicago and am relaxing before finals studying begins.
Wishing you all an Easter filled with love, peace, and joy.
My Spring Show hosted by the Indian Student Association could not have been more perfect. My family even came down to see me perform and many of my best friends watched as well! All proceeds benefited an NGO called Manav Sadhna, which helps the needy in Ahmadabad, India. It offers many resources such as health education, childcare, and spiritual programs. ISA also sponsors a scholarship to send one student to India over summer to work at Manav Sadhna. SLU students have fun while helping communities around the world in need, and I can’t be prouder to be a Billiken.
This week is SLU’s Atlas Week! There are a lot of speakers, film screenings, discussions, and much more going on around campus to increase awareness for global issues. This year, the theme of Atlas Week is “Education: Igniting the Flames of Change”, with internationally renowned Shabana Basij-Rasikh giving the keynote address tonight about advocacy efforts in Afghanistan. Her TED talk has been viewed countless times, and she even helped start a boarding school for girls in Afghanistan.
What’s also exciting is that the Indian Student Association’s Spring Show is culminating the week with our biggest event of the year! Nearly three hundred tickets have been sold already. To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s a video of my dance from last semester! A lot of my friends in my show dance group are part of SLU Shakti. They just won first place in a Midwest competition called Tufaan and are headed to nationals in California in a couple weeks to represent our University. Wish them luck!