A warm Loyola welcome to the Class of 2020!

The First and Second Year Advising team welcomes you to the start of your Loyola Experience. Here is a brief introduction to the Year 1 Connections site. The content of this website is designed to complement your weekly First Year Seminar (UNIV 101) and to connect you academically, socially, and spiritually in and outside of the classroom.

Created through a collaborative effort across the institution, our goal with this reader is to create opportunities to help you to continue to develop your values and promote your academic success through reflection and engagement opportunities that will make your first year a memorable and rewarding experience.

Throughout the pages of this reader, you will come across advice from current Loyola students who were in your shoes not too long ago. There are also reflection questions scattered throughout the pages, which are designed to help you make the most of your Loyola Experience.


This icon is an invitation to pause and reflect. A hallmark of the Jesuit educational tradition is to take the time to reflect on experiences and actions in order to live a more meaningful and purposeful life. You will learn how to make reflection a more natural and regular practice as you progress through your first semester at LUC.

Is this idea of reflection new to you? Take a look at our reflection guide.

We look forward to sharing this first semester with you!


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