My First 30 Days by: Megan Bogolia OSI EDGE Team

I’ve only been at DePaul for six weeks and yet it feels like a life time.

So much has happened to me in such a short amount of time. Living in the city is the most amazing experience. There is always something going on and there are so many opportunities that I would never have been able to experience in my hometown. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago called Elmhurst. It’s a nice town, but it can be incredibly dull. One of the reasons I wanted to go to college in the city is because I wanted to be in a faster paced, more exciting environment.

Attending DePaul and living in the city of Chicago definitely does not disappoint.

While living in the city I have explored several exciting places with my friends. It is definitely the best thing about living at DePaul. We have explored China Town, gone shopping at Water Tower Place, tried several different restaurants, and went to the beach. Everywhere we go we meet new people and have an amazing time. There is so much activity in the city that we are never bored. There are still plenty of places to explore and I cannot wait for Christmas time. I am having so much fun and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Not only is living in the city amazing, but so is DePaul itself. The campus here is beautiful and I have access to so many resources. I love living in University Hall, I have meet some really great people that I am already extremely close to. The dorms are wonderful, especially the suit style set up University Hall has. Having a bathroom that is only shared between four people is very nice. As are the spacious rooms. My roommate is really cool and we get along great. Being able to walk across the quad to the library is also very convenient. The library is a great place to study and I love that it is so close. The food here is pretty decent and the Ray is a great place to work out and let off some steam. My experience in the dorms has overall been very positive but I still am very much looking forward to living in an apartment with my friends next year.

I am also really enjoying my classes. My Discover Chicago class is very fun. It was especially enjoyable during Discover Week. I have really bonded with my classmates and we are good friends now. The subjects I am taking are fairly interesting and I enjoy the pace of college life a lot more than high school. I’m very excited to begin taking my psychology courses in spring quarter. Only having class nine hours a week and having the rest of the time to complete assignments and do what I want is a schedule that fits me really well. There is definitely a lot more homework than high school, but it’s manageable and I feel like it is actually important, not just busy work. The quarter system is also interesting, everything is going by so fast, I can see how it would be easy to fall behind. But so far I am doing a good job staying on top of things.

There are so many activities going on through DePaul and so many clubs/organizations to join. I have been participating in the DSCA, specifically the Hoops for Hopes program at the Kelly YMCA. I learned about this volunteer organization at the Student Involvement Fair and thought I would check it out. The people I volunteer with are wonderful and the kids we work with are very special. I volunteer every Monday and have never been disappointed. I am so glad DePaul puts on events like the Student Involvement Fair so students can learn about all the wonderful opportunities through DePaul.

Another program I have started to participate in is the Student Leadership Institute. I have been attending the seminars in order to get the Leadership Certificate. The workshops have been very interesting so far, especially the one where I developed my specific leadership brand. The opportunities for students at DePaul can help immensely in trying to develop your resume or get a job. I feel like more students should take advantage of them.

The EDGE program is also, of course, a highlight of my week.

The meetings are not boring like I feared they might be. We do interesting activities that are enjoyable and help us bond as a team. I also think the assignments we have are interesting. This blog, for example, was fun to write and made me remember all of the fun things I have done so far while at DePaul. I am also looking forward to the Neighborhood projects when I get to go to Chinatown and take pictures.

So far my first month at DePaul has been amazing and I cannot wait for it to continue. 

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My First 30 Days by: Erin McGrath OSI EDGE Team

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It’s the big city, the city of dreams, the city everyone wants to be a part of, and finally I am!

Throughout all my life I have been coming to Chicago to see my family and to see the city that brought such excitement into my life and now I’m living here. I’ve always wanted to live in the city and see what it was like to finally be a city girl.

Now living in the city of Chicago it is very different from my hometown of St. Paul Minnesota. Where I lived it may have been a large town but it seemed very small after living there for 10 years, it felt like one big circle. We had our Target, McDonald’s, the mall, and our high school. After being there for 10 years I began to get very bored with my surroundings because I felt like I was doing the same things everyday.

Now being in the city of Chicago it is a lot different. Even though I may have been excited to come to the city for school I was also very scared at the same time, because now I was going to be on my own rather than being with family going to the same landmarks of Chicago. After the first few days being in the city I actually couldn’t wait to get out and explore my surroundings. While I was here for the first few days that I didn’t have class I went out by myself and attacked the city with full force. I had gone to little boutiques, little bakeries like “Sweet Mandy B’s” which I may add is the best place since sliced bread and recommend going if you have never been there!

I also went shopping on Michigan Avenue, which is every girl’s fantasy, well at least mine. I also went to a Cubs game which was a lot of fun because I haven’t gone to one since I was 10 years old, and also a Sox game, which I have never been. They were both such a great experience and I was even able to go on the field of the Sox stadium for my Discover class which was amazing!

The biggest difference between being in the city of Chicago and being back home in Minnesota for me would have to be the means of transportation. While being in Minnesota I had my own car and was able to go anywhere whenever I wanted and be there right away. Now being in the city, the train is my only means of transportation. The trains were my biggest fear when coming to the city I never enjoyed taking them with my family because they scared me when going underground and with how many different trains there are to get to all the different places of Chicago. In my days of preparing for becoming a city college student I went through many panic attacks with my mom about the trains and told her how terrified I was of getting lost and not getting on the right train to where I needed to go. A way for her to calm me down was by saying the trains here are just like the “Monorails” in Disneyworld (I am Disneyworld obsessed), this helped me a lot as weird as it is.Throughout my first few days I went on the train like crazy, and now love going on them and don’t have any problem taking them.

I also realize my mom was very wrong about saying that they are like the “Monorails” in Disney because they don’t sing happy Disney songs inside them and bring you to an amusement park, but it was helpful at the time.

Now trains are my favorite means of transportation and I rather not drive myself in a car, even though I might get the occasional feeling of driving around in my car just to jam out to my music. That is one thing I miss about not being able to drive my car anywhere because I can no longer drive around by myself, with my stereo turned on high, and scream and shout to my music. I mean, I could probably do that on the train but I think I would get some very interesting stares on the train.

When I think of both Chicago and Minnesota they are both very different from each other but now being here… I’d rather be in the city. Some may say “home is where the heart is” and yes that is true, Minnesota will always be home, but I enjoy being in the city so much more. While being in the city there is so much to do and so many new things to try and find, but while being home I felt like I was looking at the same people and doing all the same things everyday of my life. Yes, the city can get overwhelming at times with the constant sirens and honks going around on the streets but there is something always going on. In all actuality Chicago has become my new home, yes I may go back to Minnesota to see my family and what it used to bring to me but I rather be in Chicago.

It’s just been the first thirty days and I can’t wait for what else Chicago has in store for me.

~Erin McGrath

Boost Your Recruitment Numbers with #TheNewOrgSync

Update your Organization Profile

Students looking to become involved can use OrgSync to learn about organizations on campus. Keeping your organization profile up to date with a logo, welcome message, and social media icons gives interested students a better idea of your organization’s purpose and goals. The following are profile updates that clarify membership opportunities:

  • Add a welcome message detailing membership and contact information, which provides interested students with a quick description for how to get involved
  • Configure the membership join options so new members can purposefully join the organization

Portal administrators can edit the organization profile with these simple steps:

  • Arrow over the Settings button
  • Click on Organization Settings
  • Select the tab on the left side you wish to update

Create Effective Calendar Events

Posting calendar events and tracking RSVPs are useful to share important dates with interested students and obtain contact information. A few tips when creating an event:

  • Add a location for easy navigation
  • Use a photo to illustrate the event and get more attention in the feed
  • Make the event public for increased visibility
  • Add a pre-registration event form to collect contact information
    • When creating an event, pre-registration forms are available to add in Advanced Options: Assessment and Forms

OrgSync was updated to assist organizations in recruitment, programming, and communication. Utilize this resource to grow your campus organization! Any questions about OrgSync can be directed to studentorgs@depaul.edu

Have you logged onto #TheNewOrgSync yet?

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#TheNewOrgSync made it’s big debut in August, and we can’t get over how awesome all the new features are.  #TheNewOrgSync puts all of the important information that you frequently access into a ‘drawer’ at the top right hand of the screen. Let’s not forget about the improved smart search function which makes it easier to find the events calendar, forms, files, and anything else you might need.

All of the content, files, and forms you use as well as helpful video tutorials can be accessed 24/7, and a new iPhone app gives you OrgSync at your fingertips!

Still not sure about #TheNewOrgSync? Watch this video! It’s a great overview of all the awesome features.

The new user interface is everything you could want: it’s easier to use, less time consuming, and has a cleaner look. If you have any questions, contact Lindsay Ritenbaugh in the Office of Student Involvement at 773.325.7361. Student Involvement Ambassadors are also eager to assist you in joining an existing student organization, creating a new student organization, or finding alternative ways to become involved on campus. Please email them at studentorgs@depaul.edu to set up a one-on-one consultation.

SRL Recognition Ceremony

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As 2013 – 2014 Academic Year comes to an end, the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Leadership Institute join together to recognize individuals and student organizations at the Socially Responsible Leadership Awards. The evening was full of great company, food, and the awards ceremony. We would like to thank our Program Coordinator for Student Organizations, Lindsay Ritenbaugh as well as everyone at the Student Leadership Institute for putting this evening together.
Socially Responsible Leader: Freshman (Emma Mitchell)
Socially Responsible Leader: Sophomore (Andres Calzada)
Socially Responsible Leader: Junior (Simone Caron-Vera)
Organization of the Year (Student Government Association)
Advisor of the Year (Joy Ellison- Trans*(formation) DePaul)
Outstanding Contribution to DePaul University (DemonTHON)
Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice (Everybody Dance Now! Chicago)
Outstanding Organizational Development (Honors Student Government & Society of Professional Journalists)
Outstanding Act of Service (DemonTHON)
Outstanding OrgSync Engagement (DePaul Activities Board)
A big congratulations to all of the award recipients who have demonstrated exceptional involvement and leadership efforts in the DePaul community this year, well deserved. We cannot wait to see your continued efforts flourish in the future!

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How many days until DePaul Activities Board (DAB) ‘s FEST 2014? ONE! I could not be more excited to experience the Quad in a concert like atmosphere. How often does someone get to brag that their school transforms their quad into a concert venue for a day every single year? Not too often if I can say so myself. To get keep myself up to date on these artists, I have been listening to their songs endlessly on YouTube. Today I’m sharing some catchy tunes from each artist – enjoy!

 

In case you’ve forgotten, here is the full FEST and After Hours line up:

5PM FEST Doors Open
5:15-5:45PM Bill, The Pony (Battle student band winners)
6:00-6:45PM Washed out
7:00-8:00PM Local Natives
8:30-9:30PM Childish Gambino

9:30PM After Hours Doors Open
9:45-10:10PM Overdo$e (Battle student DJ winner)
10:15-11:30PM Adventure Club

Fire Fly by Childish Gambino

All I Know by Washed Out

Breakers by Local Natives

Rise & Fall by Adventure Club

Sexual Assault Awareness

BlogTemplateThe month of April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month here at DePaul University. Many offices and departments of the university have come together to plan a various group of events for students, which are all free! These panels, events, and workshops have been formulated to not only educate students but to empower students to go beyond that as well.  These events are open to the entire DePaul community, stay informed. For a full list of events, view the calendar below!

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