Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Getting the most out of your campus tour!

If you plan on going to college then you should probably be ready for the campus tour process. Going on many campus tours will help you get a better sense of what the school is like and if you like the campus or not. Many campus tours are given by current students of the university. As a student who is getting the tour, you should take  advantage of the knowledge of the college student. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have. There job is to inform you about the university and show you every aspect of campus, from a current student.

  1. Ask plenty of questions
  2. Get their opinion on certain things
  3. Be attentive
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask about things
  5. Have a list of topics you want talked about before hand.

Going on campus visits can be nerve-racking for many students but having a plan when you go can decrease the amount of stress you may have. Even if you do not get the best tour guide, asking questions will prompt them to give you more information about the school. No matter which school you choose to visit, the campus tour process will most likely look the same. Getting the most out of every tour can be the deciding factor on whether or not you choose that school.


Get Your Faith On

When people think of ministry a couple of ideas come to mind. Ministry is helping people. Ministry is community service. Ministry is just a bunch of people sitting around praying. Ministry is only for the deeply religious.

But that’s not what Ministry is all about.

Ministry is about community service and helping others, yes. But it is also about individual growth, spiritually and as a person. Ministry is learning about and growing in your faith. Ministry is about being with people who support you. People who are willing to help you when you need it; and sometimes even when you think you don’t. Ministry is for Everyone. Ministry is Family.

Here at Benedictine University our Ministry is one of the most joyful, energetic, supporting, and helpful out there. You don’t have to be one specific religion to get involved. You don’t have to have a specific mindset to join. Come as you are and you’ll fit right in.

Ministry events range far and wide from Pillow Dresses for Haiti to FCA to MOSAIC to international service trips.

Here are a few:

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
    • A group where the athletes of Benedictine can come together to, “find ways to combine your passion for Christ and your passion for sports”
  • Movement of Students Achieving Interfaith Collaboration (MOSAIC)
    • Whose mission is to, “create an atmosphere in which talking about one’s faith is the social norm”
  • Protestant Board
    • Offers Bible study every Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in the interreligious loungeon the 4th floor of Kindlon.
  • Interreligious Dialogue
    • Continues, “the effort to create a safe space to discuss issues of understanding in a climate of loving respect.” Interreligious dialogue is currently under the direction of Dr. Rita George-Tvrtkovic. Topics include “interfaith marriages, Islamaphobia, facebook messages, and easily misunderstood customs.” -developed by student participants
  • Catholic Board
    • Has several ministries under it that are charged with events such as:
      • Education and Formation’s Bible Study every Monday from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the University Ministry Conference Room on the 4th floor of Kindlon
      • Peace and Social Justice’s Pillow Dresses for Haiti where students are invited to turn pillow cases into stylish dresses for the less fortunate in Haiti.
      • Catholic Life’s new annual ICCC-Illinois College Catholic’s Conference
      • Worship and Spirituality’s daily mass 12:00-12:30 and 8:00 Sunday mass onthe 4th floor of Kindlon.
      • Stewardship’s monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • International Service Immersion Experiences
    • Benedictine University is able to offer students international service opportunities through the Diocese of Joliet. There is currently a trip to the Phillipines during the January Break and a trip to Bolivia during the summer.
  • Koinonia
    • Koinonia (which in greek means “fellowship”) is a retreat weekend is, “an experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death and resurrection – designed principally for college students (undergraduate or graduate). The retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective; however, non-Catholics are welcomed as well.” The spring retreat took place this year Friday April 11th-Sunday April 13th. But the Fall retreat is coming in October the 24th to the 26th of this year. “It’s not weird, it’s Koinonia” It’s Fellowship, it’s Fun, it’s Food, it’s Faith, it’s your Future.


If you have any questions or want more information follow the links or check out the ministry page on under Student Life.

Things every college girl should do their first year.

The first year of college is a crucial one. This year sets the tone for the rest of  your college career.

Here’s a few things you might want to make sure  are on your to-do list to make your first year the best:

  • Go and buy at least one item of school apparel. After the inevitable amount of hours you’ll spend in class, studying, cramming, pulling all nighters, and throwing papers together, apparel is a good way of explaining to strangers why you have such prominent dark circles around your eyes.
  • Really learn how to do laundry. The amount of clothing you will ruin if you don’t know your way around the laundry room will astound you. (RIP to my favorite pair of yoga pants , I didn’t know the dryer would shrink you!)
  • Fully explore your microwave’s capabilities.  The Caf. will get old. I’ve seen miracles and gourmet meals come out of dorm microwaves.
  • Find one source of caffeine that you like…but won’t give you a heart attack. You’ll need it.
  • Take time to decorate your dorm. Make it something you can collapse into after class. This room is now your sanctuary.  Tip: Christmas lights make any room a tumble-esque haven.
  • Buy rain boots. Sitting in a 3 hour night class isn’t fun with wet feet. Remember, you’re walking everywhere now; plan accordingly.   😛
  • Pull an all nighter with your friends. Do NOTHING school related.
  • Pull an all nighter with your friends. Do EVERYTHING school related.
  • Attend at least one party/event run by campus organizations. They’re more fun than you think, especially at the start of the year!
  • Take as many pictures as you can. They’ll be your favorite for mushy/cheesy/totally necessary photo collages.
  • Meet an upperclassmen and make them your new friend. Upperclassmen have this place memorized. They know the in’s and out’s of your school. They’re an indispensable tool.
  • Join at least one club/student organization/sport/intramural sport on campus. Getting involved on campus will help you find friends who share the same interests as you.
  • Volunteer for no reason.  Happiness and selfless acts are very much related. 😀

Classic Chick-Flicks

Every girl loves a great movie, whether for a sleepover with your best friends, or a ‘tear-jerker-give-me-a-piece-of-cake’ kind of night. Here’ a list of must see movies!

– The Notebook
– Mean Girls
– A Walk to Remember
– Breakfast at Tiffany’s
– Dear John
– 16 Candles
– Leap Year
– How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
– She’s the Man
– Never Been Kissed


Jobs on campus

On campus there is an enormous amount of jobs on campus for students.  In every Building on campus there is at least five or more jobs in that area. Some of the jobs available for students are working in the library, Krasa dining area, Coalben dining area, the coffee shop in Kindlon, a student teacher, a student ambassador which is a tour guide on campus, etc. when you actually do get a job, there are certain hours that you are allowed to work based on your status as a student for example, if you are a freshmen you only get to work for 20 hours per pay period and if you are a sophomore or higher you are allowed to work 40  hours per pay period.