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9 Hidden Gems At DePaul University That Every Blue Demon Should Know About

Come check out the most hidden secrets and gems that make DePaul so unique.

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With over 100 years of students and staff working and learning at DePaul, there have been many traditions and history added along the way. How familiar are you with DePaul University's history and traditions? Have you ever attended an admissions tour and think you know all about DePaul University? An admissions tour wants to sell the prospective students and guests the school. However, after serving as an orientation leader, and leading incoming freshmen in the traditions tour at orientation, I can say that the traditions tour has a different approach. This tour caters on welcoming incoming freshmen students and showing them some interesting places on campus worth noting. The purpose of the traditions tour is for students to know DePaul's top secrets that make this university unique.

1. St. Vincent DePaul Mural

The mural of St. Vincent DePaul was created by Brother Mark Elder, a Vincentian brother on faculty. In 1998, this mural was erected in and is often referred to as "The Big Vinny." The full title of this mural is "We are DePaul 2." The mural is actually made up of miniature faces, if you were to stand beneath it, you would be able to see them. The faces are real images of DePaul students, faculty and staff.

2. Painted Pillars

These painted pillars are found under the El tracks and Brother Mark Elder also painted these. The main point that Elder wanted to grasp is the history of DePaul's inclusion. The work is ongoing, with the goal of having all of the pillars painted.

 3. McGrath Arena

In this part of the tour learn and see the ways how the DePaul athletics cater to students. Learn about all the sports at DePaul and about Blue Crew, a student-run organization in promoting school spirit at all athletic games. Hear more about the new Wintrust Arena located in the South Loop and learn the school fight song!

4. St. Vincent's Circle

In this small gated courtyard between the John T. Richardson Library and the Schmitt Academic Center right across the quad stands the infamous St. Vincent's Circle. In the circle, there are statues of St. Vincent DePaul, a girl, and an African American man. The girl and African American man are listening to what St. Vincent is saying. The main point of this circle is to promote how St. Vincent is inclusive to all genders and ethnicities and this is what DePaul's mission is about. Also, if you are able to stand in the middle of the circle you can hear your voice echo. Try it!

5. Father Egan Statue

A DePaul alumni himself, John Joseph Egan unfortunately passed away in 2001. Father Egan was a Roman Catholic Priest. At DePaul, he was well known for promoting the Vincentian values. Father Egan will always question "What are you doing for justice?" This statue is located on the corner of Sheffield Avenue and Belden Avenue in front of the Student Center.

6. Interfaith Space

This room called interfaith space is located on the first floor of the student center with the main purpose of serving religious diversity. If a student does not identify themselves as Catholic and are of other religions the interfaith space is the place for students to be connected with the religion they choose to follow.

7. Cacciatore Stadium/Wish Field

This stadium completed renovations in 2010 that can now seat about 1,200 people. During the fall, catch a men or women's soccer game and in the spring watch a softball game. A concession stand is available to purchase snacks and refreshments. All DePaul students are free of charge with student ID for attending a game.

8. St. Vincent DePaul Church

Founded in 1875 by Reverend Edward Smith, this church changed locations from the corner of Webster and Kenmore Avenue to Webster and Sheffield Avenue. On May 1, 1897, the new location of the church was founded. Student mass is held every Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. Also, inside the church is the Elizabeth Seton food pantry which is open six days a week that serves meals for people in need.

9. Welcome Center

This is the place to leave your marking at DePaul University. Incoming freshmen students sign their class banner. The next time students see this banner is at their senior toast and at graduation! Students also learn more about DePaul University alumni.

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I Don't Care How Hard Your Major Is, There Is No Excuse Not To Have A Job While In College

If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

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We seem to live in a generation where everyone wants to go to college.

It is nice to see that people want to invest in their education, but at what expense? It's easy to commit to a school, and it is even easier to get yourself and your parents into thousands of dollars of debt because you're "living your best life."

To me, it's pathetic if you're over the age of eighteen and you don't have some sort of income or responsibilities outside of homework and attendance. The old excuse, "I want to focus on school," is no longer valid. You can get all A's while having a job, and that has nothing to do with intelligence, but rather your will to succeed. "I don't have time for a job/internship," translates to, "I'm really lazy,".

You don't need to overextend yourself and work forty hours a week, but you should at least work summers or weekends. Any job is a good job. Whether you babysit, walk dogs, work retail, serve tables or have an internship. You need to do something.

"My major is too hard," is not an excuse either. If you can go out on the weekends, you can work.

The rigor of your major should not determine whether or not you decide to contribute to your education. If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Working hard in school does not compensate for having any sense of responsibility.

I understand that not everyone has the same level of time management skills, but if you truly can't work during the school year, you need to be working over the summer and during your breaks. The money you make should not exclusively be for spending; you should be putting it towards books, loans, or housing.

Internships are important too, paid or not.

In my opinion, if you chose not to work for income, you should be working for experience. Your resume includes your degree, but your degree does not include your resume. Experience is important, and internships provide experience. A person working an unpaid internship deserves the same credit as a student working full/part-time.

Though they are not bringing in income for their education, they are gaining experience, and opening up potential opportunities for themselves.

If you go to college just to go to class and do nothing else, then you don't deserve to be there. College is so much more than just turning in assignments, it is a place for mental and academic growth. You need to contribute to your education, whether it is through working for income or working for knowledge or experience.

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An Open Letter To Upcoming College Freshmen, From A Former College Freshman

What I wish I knew before I started college.

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Dear Upcoming College Freshman,

You most likely just finished high school, and are probably looking back at your childhood with wonder, wondering how it passed by so quickly. You also might be looking at the future ahead of you, feeling fear.

How do I know this? I felt the exact same thing a year ago. I didn't know what to expect from college. There weren't that many movies or TV shows that highlighted what college would be like. So, I was terrified. There are certain things I wished someone would've told me about college. Yet, no one told me these things. I had to discover them for myself. Here is what I discovered:

You don't have to be afraid.

You don't need to be scared. I know college can be intimidating, but I promise, it is going to be such a beautiful experience. I discovered that college is an opportunity to grow into one's true self. In college, you will discover your passions, your tribe, and who you want to be in relation to this world.

Be excited!

Turn your fear into excitement. You are about to enter a new chapter in your life, one with many beautiful surprises. Instead of fearing it because of its uncertainties, feel excitement due to its possibilities.

College won't be perfect.

When I came into college, I had the expectation that everything would be perfect, and that I wouldn't struggle. This expectation wasn't realistic, because college is just like life. There will be ups and downs, and sometimes things won't go your own way. But, even when things don't go your own way, know that everything will be okay. You will discover ways to deal with whatever issues surface.

You will learn how to deal with life.

In college, so many issues will come up that you will need to deal with because part of life is dealing with issues that surface. For example, I remember going into college expecting to feel super close to the people around me. During the first semester of my freshman year, I realized how this wasn't the case. I didn't find my best friends during the first few months of college. I remember going home during Winter Break, and asking myself: "What can I do to change this?"

When I came back during my second semester of college, I reached out to more people, became more involved in clubs, and talked to people I wouldn't normally talk to. These active changes in my life helped me find my best friends and make my college experience more enjoyable. Even though things didn't work out as perfectly in the beginning as I hoped, it taught me valuable lessons on how to make friends. In college, things won't be perfect. But, this will teach you how to develop skills to deal with whatever issues come up in life.

Now, you will be going into a new chapter in life. Don't be scared. You are about to embark on one of the most life-changing journeys you'll ever experience. You are going to grow so much. Don't forget to enjoy the ride.

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