Lindsy Fagerstrom, a insert school year here, is the executive director of the Department of Programming, known by many as ((dop)), an officer on the Student Philanthropy Program Committee, a Welcome Week Leader, a member of Women in Business, a student assistant in SAGA, and a member of the Maroon & Gold Society.
What ultimately sold you on coming to Loyola?
CHICAGO! How can you not fall in love with the city of Chicago? Not only was Loyola in one of the world’s greatest cities, but it was also the perfect size, has a strong reputation, and I instantly felt at home once I stepped on campus.
What do you like most about Loyola?
My favorite things about Loyola include: being in Chicago and right on the lake, having classes right off of Michigan Avenue, the enthusiastic business professors, and the focus on ethics and Jesuit values. However, my absolute favorite part of Loyola is ((dop)) and the Office of Student Activities & Greek Affairs (SAGA). The students and staff members of ((dop)) and SAGA are truly one-of-a-kind individuals and they have made my experience at Loyola extraordinary, and I think they add to every other student’s Loyola experience through events and programs on campus.
How did you get involved in research/service at Loyola?
I have always been a busy person so I began looking for ways to get involved from day one. I started off by attending every organization, volunteer, internship, job fair I could find. After I started getting more heavily involved at Loyola, it became easier to find these opportunities thanks to staff members and professors who went out of their way to help me get connected with service and leadership opportunities.
What was your "ah ha" moment here?
My “ah ha” moment at Loyola sounds a little crazy, but it was the day I convinced the SAGA staff to bring in live wolves for the University’s Spirit Week. A friend and I had been joking all year that live wolves would be a great way to bring spirit to Loyola and randomly suggested it to the staff. Most of them thought the idea was insane and didn’t really consider it as a reasonable option, but a month later, only a week or so before the start of Spirit Week, the Friday night event planned for the week fell through and my supervisors in SAGA came to me and asked me to find a wolf by the end of the day. I spent the next few hours frantically searching on Google and calling zoos asking if anyone in the country would bring a live wolf to Loyola for students to take photos with, and crazily enough, I found someone who would do it. After working with risk management, a contract was finally signed and live wolves officially became a part of Loyola’s Spirit Week. The event went off without a hitch and was highly attended and talked about, and we decided it should be a new Spirit Week tradition. Pulling off this event showed me that you really can make a difference if you are passionate about it and are willing to put in the effort, because that’s the only way I ever could have transformed my crazy idea into a realistic campus tradition.