My Welcome Week at Saint Louis University
It’s almost time for the Fall 2014 semester to begin! The first couple weeks after move-in are filled with activities, and I can’t wait for new Billikens to experience all that SLU and St. Louis have to offer. Here are some memorable moments from my welcome week in 2012:
- Fall Welcome Kick-Off Event - Square Dance: I had so much fun square dancing on top of a parking garage with all my classmates. It was such a unique way to meet people, and Oriflamme made sure that everyone had fun the whole night!
- Night at the Ballpark: I went to my first Cardinals baseball game with my floormates from Griesedieck 14! We even took a photo with Fredbird, got on the Jumbotron, and easily managed to make it to Busch Stadium using public transport without getting lost.
- Spirit Competition and Billiken Men’s Soccer Game: Have you ever been to a Billiken sporting event? There’s usually a huge student section in attendance and you’ll often find them chanting and dancing throughout the game. The girls on my floor made posters, wrote cheers, and painted our faces to prove that we were the most enthusiastic group. Though we didn’t win the competition, we knew in our hearts that our friendships and memories were sure to last a lifetime.
- Les Miserables at the Fox: We are so lucky to have the Fox Theatre just down the road from SLU! It’s a beautiful venue located in the arts district of the Grand Center.
- The Presidential Scholars Reception: The university president welcomed the Presidential Scholars to the SLU community.
It’s hard to believe that I’ll be a junior at SLU. Here’s me wishing that this year will be just as memorable!
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.