How often do you take going to school and/or living in this city for granted?
I don’t let a day go by without stopping to take in the views around campus or making plans to explore the city. It’s incredible how much beauty is all around us every minute here. The city and campus is ever-thriving; take advantage of everything they have to offer!
This week, I’ve been drowning in homework, tests, work and programming. But that didn’t keep me from having some fun.
One of the absolute highlights of this week was my residents’ program Wednesday. Two of them put on a talent show program in the lounge off the laundry room on our floor. There was a great turnout, with residents performing card tricks, self-defense moves, jokes and more.
On Thursday, I went with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) on the Chicago Hauntings Tour. It was easily one of the scariest nights of my life. I 100 percent believe in all things ghost-related, so the tour was pretty serious to me. We started out at UIC’s very own Hull House and traveled around the city with our tour guide explaining things the whole way. The minute we started the tour at the Hull House, we were given time to explore the property and takes pictures in hopes of catching some sort of paranormal activity. I walked through the infamous courtyard and immediately felt unsettled. The feeling didn’t leave through the entire tour and continues with me as I sit in my room. It’s moments like this when I am truly appreciative of everything this school offers to its students. I most likely never would have gone on the ghost tour had RHA not taken me and made it so convenient to go. It was crazy to learn so much history I had never heard before and to think that these haunted sites are just miles away from the comfort of campus.
After such an exciting week, my work is not finished. On Saturday, I am participating and presenting in a conference UIC is hosting! The Chicago Area Student and Campus Housing Association (CASCHA) is for leaders in Campus Housing, and is a perfect networking and information-gathering site. I will be presenting on the linkage between social media and leadership.
Here’s to a successful conference. Make sure you take part in some city exploration!