I just finished my freshman year while living up college-life at Dominican! On and around campus I enjoy jogging through the beautiful neighborhood, playing a game of pool in the Coughlin Commons, throwing a Frisbee or football around in the Quad. I also enjoy going to mass on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Rosary Chapel (which is of course optional for every student).

To put it simply, Dominican University is a light that shines through the darkness. There is such great fellowship through conversation, service, and academics. Even as a freshman resident, I willingly immersed myself in the Dominican culture. Over the course of this first year alone, I participated in the Emerging Leaders Retreat, Fall Retreat at Techny Towers retreat center, the Fall Alternative Break immersion in Dubuque, IA, the Mission to the Mound retreat in Sinsinawa, WI during spring break, and two Busy Student Retreats. All of these events are provided by University Ministry and the Office of Student Involvement (OSI). Ever since my sophomore year of high school I have enjoyed participating in ministry events. OSI has also brought to campus a number of hilarious comedians and even a hypnotist! It is such a relief to know that there are plenty of activities that go on around campus every single day (including weekends).

I first looked into Dominican University because my mother attended Trinity High School nearby. She told me about Petersen's Ice Cream Parlour on Chicago Ave., Johnnie's Beef on North Ave., Russell's Bar-b-q on Thatcher Rd. (OK I love food) and the beautiful churches and homes in the area. Concordia University, just six minutes down Division St., allows the general public to enjoy their track and field when it is not in use during a sports event.

Dominican University is the right fit for me. Its well-balanced Catholic culture and openness to students of every faith and background make this university a great place to call home.

Coughlin, Food, retreats, Rosary, student involvement, University Ministry