Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Not to Late to come and Join HSA!!!!! All Are Welcomed

Many of you freshman want to get involved in some way or the other. You all have walked around the many different clubs displayed during Quad day and signed up for the clubs that interested you the most. One club that I take a part in is called HSA which is known as Hindus Student Association. I’ve been involved in this club since I was a freshman and I am continuing to join this all throughout my college years at Benedictine. This club is not just for Hindus, but it’s a club that welcomes all kind of cultures; it doesn’t matter who you are, you are all welcomed.

We are a club that educates the students about Hinduism and the reason why we do what we do in our culture. Every Thursdays, we have an aarti, which is a prayer that we do to worship our gods. If there is any specific prayer that some of the students like to do, we do those prayers as well. Every other Thursdays, we have a GBM, which is a meeting with the board members and the students who have joined the club and we, the board members of the club, discuss about our future plans for this semester and the upcoming events that are going to be taking place throughout the semesters. Our club meets in room 022 in the basement of Kindlon, and if your interested you can also checkout our Facebook page which is . Everyone please check it out and join.

Our goal for this year at HSA is hosting HOLI for the first time. Holi, is an Indian festival and it is known as the Festival of Colors. We will be dancing, playing music, having a bonfire and much more. BUT the one thing we need to you all to do is get interested and come out and take a part in this wonderful and fun festival. You don’t need to be Hindus to come and enjoy it can be anyone rather you live on campus or are commuters everyone can come. Bring your friends and family to Benedictine and enjoy as we celebrate the Festival of Colors!

Some of you guys might not know what Holi is, so here is some background history on Holi. Holi is a festival that is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early month of March). During Holi, people come and attend bonfires, spray family and friends with colored powders and water and go wild. Holi originated as an agricultural festival celebrations to welcome the arrival of spring. Holi is also associated with the celebration of love.

So now you all know a little about Holi and about HSA so I hope to see you all on Holi celebrating the Festival of Colors.



Meet the Team

Have you ever wondered who has been bringing you awesome games and attractions to your campus? From the Barn Yard Bash, Taffy Apple Night, and Homecoming¬†Dance.¬†There is¬†a wonderful set of hands working to make this college year the best. They¬†are the Programming Board. Their mission is to “enhance the college experience and bring together the University Community by providing student-driven, high quality, social, culturally diverse, educational and entertaining events.”

Programming board is not a club, it is a division of student activities where the members are event planners. On average there are two or three events held each week. Each one is different in their own respect but their level of participation is always the same. Hundreds of students line up for events that rack up throughout the week, including Tie Dye Day and, my personal favorite, Karaoke Night.

Advisor Katie Buell has worked relentlessly for BenU longer than most of the students here. She has worked with an abundant variety of students each year to improve our college experience. And her hard work and dedication has truly shown. Just last week, during the preparation for Homecoming, Katie was constantly on the phone and rushing around to make sure the D.J. and the decorations were met to her standards.

Though a fairly new group, Programming Board was founded in the early 2000s. And in the beginning, things did not run the same as it does now. Around 2005-2006 there were only a handful of students in the program, a large difference from the students Programming Board has now. Back then, events were only held ONCE A MONTH. Basically, that is only three meetings each semester.

Katie says, “It’s pretty cool, how students are able to plan these events. There are so many ideas that they bring to the table, and they always turn out better than what we expected.”

Programming Board meets every Tuesday at 12 in Krasa  Presentation Room. They are always welcoming newcomers to add to their expanding group, as long as you are prepared for the determination and dedication to the BenU student body.

Maybe you could be the next member?

Tips for picking the right major

When being a freshmen in college it’s often hard to figure out what major you want to stick to. Many of my friends have been switching out of their major because they aren’t completely sure what they want to commit to. ¬†However, even if you do declare your major when being a freshmen you always have the option of changing it later on. There are a few tips that can help you narrow your options down when it comes to majors.

  • When picking a major, pick a major that you know you will enjoy. On the Benedictine University website there are major sheets that list all the classes you would be taking¬†for your specific major. This allows you to get a glimpse of all the classes you would be taking until you graduate. You can also see if any of those classes are interesting to you.
  • Do Research! Before you declare your major make sure you research about the major you are thinking about. Some majors have a board spectrum of what you could be. For example, if you were a health science major you could be anything in the healthcare field. You can be anything from a nurse to a physicians assistant or a physical therapist.
  • Consult your advisor. Your¬†advisor is there to gear you into the right direction when you have any questions.
  • Check the job outlook for the career you want to pursue. After you graduate from college you don’t want to be at a dead end with your major.
  • Consider the requirements for your major and ¬†career. Think about how much schooling you would need. Think about if you are willing to spend that many years in order to pursue your career.
  • Talk to your parents. They will help you weigh your options and give you a deeper insight about your considerations.

Don’t rush yourself when it comes to picking a major. Make the right choice!

Stress Management

Since I have just finished one of my most stressful weeks of school since being back, I feel what better thing to talk about than stress management. I had a total of 4 exams (not the final exams) and one major project that totaled for a ton of points that could greatly affect my grade in the past 5 school days, with an away over-night cross country meet in between. I got one exam out of the way before the meet, and the other 3, as well as the project, were back to back for Mon.-Wed. I was so worried heading into my weekend. How was I possibly going to balancing studying for 3 tests and complete a major project worth so many points? Especially with being gone Friday afternoon to late Saturday when I don’t study well on a bus.

Yes of course I’ve had many stressful weeks before this, but this was probably the first time I handled it in a more appropriate way. I brought all of my studying materials with me and tried my best to at least study somewhat on the bus ride. As soon as getting back, I began studying in the quiet of my room where I could actually focus and concentrate. I turned down going downtown Naperville with some teammates and going out to eat even though it was much more appealing than studying and believe me, it wasn’t an easy decision-but it was the right one. ¬†I studied late that night, but not too late so I could get sleep which is better for retaining the information. For the most part, I divided what I studied with on priority, which was by order of the exams. However, I did make sure to complete the project in sections here and there in between my studying otherwise I would not have finished it when it was due since it was so time-consuming. Plus, the stress of knowing I’d have to finish it wouldn’t allow me to study with complete focus as I would have that nagging feeling in my mind to work on it. If it got really late and I felt panicked and as if I wasn’t absorbing any of the information, I would go to bed because it’s better for you to get rest versus missing out of sleep when you can’t comprehend anyways. I get up early once I felt more refreshed and then review the information. It typically goes better the second time around.

Another thing is to make sure you do the study guides first! I’ve made the mistake many times of trying to go over all of the slides and/or material for a class and never having time to completely do the study guide. ¬†The study guide is available for a reason and will cover the information that will show up on the test-so put your focus on that. ¬†Also, don’t panic and feel as though it is hopeless! You’re setting yourself up for failure if you do so. Take a deep breath and take it one step at a time. How are you suppose to focus while you’re studying if you’re already lacking the confidence to believe you are going to do well?

All in all, I survived this week and managed to study for all my tests and complete the project. Although I will admit, by the time I got to my last test it was difficult to continue studying. For this reason, I highly recommend taking breaks periodically. Trust me, it will make a huge difference. This being said, I hope you feel more prepared next time you’re faced with such a stressful week yourself!

Halloween at BenU!


Halloween isn’t just for kids, it is also for college students too! We love to dress up and forget about all our problems and have fun with our friends. There is plenty of fun activities that happen during the week of Halloween.

Wednesday 10/30

  • Cup cakes wars in Krasa at 12:30 p.m. The team that creates the spookiest Halloween cupcakes wins a $100 gift card!
  • 3rd annual free Haunted House in Krasa from 9:30-11:00 p.m.

Thursday 10/31

  • Residence halls host parties in the lounge for all residents
  • Costume competitions
  • Candy/pizza
  • Halloween music/movies

Saturday 11/2

  • Halloween bash in Coal Ben! It begins at 10p.m. and lasts until 2:00 a.m. There will be a DJ, drinks, music, and dancing, so make sure to come out with your costume and friends to have a good time!