Monthly Archives: December, 2013


We all know we need food to get through our days. Here at Benedictine University, we have munch money and meal plans. We have three different places to eat, where munch money, meals, cash, and credit/debit are accepted.


  • Main dining hall.
  • Meal, debit, or cash. No much money.
  • Buffet style
  • Salad bar, sandwich station, pizza, cereal, homemade specialities, frozen yogurt, fresh fruits.
  • Lunch 11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  and -dinner 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Coal Ben

  • Best place to enjoy food and watch a sports game on TV
  • Restaurant Style
  • Starbucks!
  • Alcohol
  • Everyday specialities
  • Monthly specials change.
  • Any type of money payment is acceptable.
  • Meals are only accepted during certain time frames.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts.
  • Monday – Friday : 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Kindlon Coffee Shop

  • Perfect place to grab a quick snack in between class or before classes.
  • Sandwiches, salads, bagels, chips, all types of drinks, candy.
  • Does not accept meals.
  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

College Survival Tips

1. Be positive

  • If you are going into college not knowing anyone, make the best of it! It is your time to start new and you can be whoever you want to be. College is such a great experience because it is the time when you find out who you are.

2. Maintain a college budget

  • DO NOT SPEND YOUR ENTIRE SAVINGS ACCOUNT! I know people who spend money so carelessly that they have spent their entire checking/savings account in one school year. If you do not have a job then you should not be spending money all the time. Track your money, save receipts or check your account weekly.

3. More is less

  • When moving into a dorm room, it is impossible to bring all of your belongings because dorms are very small. So do not bring all of your clothes, try to go home when it starts getting chilly out to bring your summer clothes home and bring your winter clothes.

4. Roommates

  • When you fill out the roommate survey, do not lie! Tell the truth, so you can be paired with someone similar to you. When you first meet your roommate, be nice because that is the person you will be with for the school year. Roommates can be your best friend or worst enemy. If anything about them bothers you make sure to be upfront about it before you begin to hate your roommate.

5. Fight the Freshman Fifteen

  • Do not eat late every night, because it will catch up to you. Work out with friends or in your room!

6. Cheap college textbooks

  • We all know books are cheaper online, so make sure to get your textbooks offline because it will honestly save you hundreds!

7. Organization

  • Keep an agenda book or wall calendar so you know when assignments, papers, and tests are. Or use your calendar in your phone.

8. Do not procrastinate

  • Procrastination leads to bad grades, which leads to stress, which then leads to failing classes and that is the worst feeling in the world. So try your hardest and do you best on all your assignments.

9. Distractions

  • As fun as college is, you are paying thousand for an education, do not forget that. Your school work should be your number one priority.

10. Take advantages of campus opportunities

  • Join clubs, go to homecoming, attend sports game, attend free on and off campus events.

11. Laundry

  • Do laundry weekly, so it doesn’t pile up. Also, make sure to set a timer for each load!

12. Exams

  • Exams are very stressful because they count for most of your grade or maybe your entire grade, so make sure to start studying at least 4-5 days before the exam to make sure to know everything.

Good luck with your freshman year!

Group Tour vs. Single Tour

I am a student ambassador so I give tours to students, parents, small groups, and big groups. Tours are very important, because a tour is one of the you decided to go to a school. Tours help you decide whether you love or hate the campus you are visiting. Make sure to make the most of a college visit, especially if you are debating between two schools. Tours are very important! When I was a senior in high school I did both a single tour and went on a group tour, both of my tours were excellent, but I prefer single tours. There are many pros and cons to going on both a single or group tour.

Single tour

  • hear everything your tour guide is saying
  • answer any questions without feeling embarrassed
  • get to know your tour guide
  • might like single tours better if you have a lot of questions
  • more personal

Group tour

  • meet new people
  • might not hear everything
  • might be scared to ask questions

If you ever want to plan a visit day its very easy, all you have to do is contact your counselor and set the date!

changing your major

Most students come in not knowing what they want to do with there future after going to college but there is always the option of switching your major. Many students come in thinking one career but after awhile decide it is not for them. if I was to help a freshman out or even a transfer take classes that vary for different majors, this can help you really see what you are interested in. But once you get a feel for what your interested in and if it’s different then the major you told your application when you were admitted to Benedictine then there are a few things you need to do.
1-  go to office of register which is on the basement of Krasa and get the form that is for switching your major, this form will need to be signed by your advisor, which could take time.
2- switch your advisor to one that connects to your major, which could be one of your teachers
3-turn both these forms in at the office of register (place you got them at)
4- look over the check list and see if any of your classes transfer to the new majors you are still on the right track.
5- meet with your new advisor when it is time to make your schedule for next semester, you have to do this to get the hold off your account but it is a great way to better understand what your major will be like now.
6- stay on track with your major checklist
Another thing to think about is if you want a minor to really try and think about what you would like to minor in by your sophomore year. This will help you manage out your major and minor classes together, but also help you stay on track so you can graduate within four to five years here at Benedictine.
These are just a few things you can do to decide your major and what you want to do with your future career.

Kiva Club!

Here at Benedictine there are numerous clubs and organizations that you are ale to get involved with. I was fortunate enough to get involved with a club called Kiva. As a freshman I was introduced to the club by an upperclassman that I had met the summer before. She wanted me to learn more about the club so invited me to attend one of their general body meetings.

Kiva is a non-profit organization that micro-finances small loans to remote areas of the world. The loans are giving out to small business owners by field partners in that country that act like bankers, who are unable to afford the daily cost of running their business. There is no interest on the loans to ensure that the business owners are not digging an even bigger hole trying to pay back the loan plus the interests that has acquired on it. All of the funds raised by Kiva are loaned out, non of the money is kept and Kiva does not receive any benefits from the fundraising. The persons who receive the loan are not pressured to pay back the loans as quickly because of their financial situation. There is no one specific type of person who receives the loans, Kiva looks at their ability to repay, financial situation and cost of labor.

My involvement in Kiva has grown over the year I have been in it. With 3 of the executive board graduating there were positions available and I decided to go for the Vice President position. I am now the acting VP and help organize general body meetings, make presentations and create fundraisers for the club. My time in Kiva has definitely taught me the value of time management and improved my leadership skills. Being a part of the club is something that I can put on my resume for future jobs. I would say that getting involved with clubs and organizations is a great way to meet new people and grow as an individual here at school.