Saturday, August 30, 2014
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 SLU Wishmakers 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

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 SLU Wishmakers 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

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Celebrating a successful move-in with good friends and Pappy’s BBQ! The food was well worth the one hour wait! 

Celebrating a successful move-in with good friends and Pappy’s BBQ! The food was well worth the one hour wait! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

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:

  1. 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!image
  2. 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.image
  3. 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.image
  4. 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. image
  5. The Presidential Scholars Reception: The university president welcomed the Presidential Scholars to the SLU community. image

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! 

-Brinda

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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.  

- Brinda

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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. 

Friday, May 9, 2014
The Pius Library at SLU brings in therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week! It was the best way to relax before two of my hardest exams. 

The Pius Library at SLU brings in therapy dogs for stress relief during finals week! It was the best way to relax before two of my hardest exams. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014
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.
-Brinda

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.

-Brinda

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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.

-Brinda

Thursday, April 3, 2014

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! 

-Brinda