Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Studies


Major Minor of The Month

Major/Minor of the Month - Tala Akkawi
Tala Akkawi
Majors & Minors
Major: Spanish Minor: Psychology & Catholic Studies
Orland Park, IL

Why did you choose to become a CS Minor: Well, if the major was an option, I definitely would have signed myself up for it, but the minor sounded like the perfect way of connecting my academic pursuits with my spiritual journey.


What is a fond memory you’ve had as a CS minor: I would have tot say that my fondest memory was when I learned to play the game “Signs” on the Cath 296 retreat 


Favorite Saint: St. Helen


Career Goals and Aspirations: I have recently come to the conclusion that my ideal future would be one in which I am happy and am serving God’s purpose for me in some manner.


Best Catholic Studies class taken at Loyola: All Things Ignatian, without a doubt


Favorite Service Experience: Refugee One


Most important idea of all time: Love


Most important invention: glasses


Inspiration to do Good: The good that is already in the world inspires me to be a contributor to the final masterpiece


Central idea of Catholic thought that intrigues you: Catholic Social Teaching: Human Dignity. It is not so much the principle that intrigues me but that we have to be reminded to engage in it that fascinates me.


Favorite Movie: Mulan


Pet Peeve: Grammar mistakes


Favorite Food: home-made Jordanian meals, specifically “dawali”


Favorite type of Music/ Favorite Song: Cabinet Battle #1 (+ anything on the Hamilton soundtrack)


Any Body Piercings or Tattoos: Nope!


Crazy fad went through in the past: I wasn’t much of a fashionista in the past


Qualities valued in a person: ability to put another at ease and make him/her feel like they have your full attention


If named the president of Loyola, what would you do as your first presidential act: Naming Loyola as a sanctuary campus


Nicknames: A-LAT A-KKIWI (from the grammar school days; see if you can figure it out)


Most Delicious Item at Portillos:


Pizza Topping: all the veggies!


Favorite Season: Spring!


Dream Travel Destination: Costa Rica


Something you couldn’t give up if you tried: languages (learning them, speaking them…)


Favorite Green Vegetable: Asparagus


Meet anyone past or present, who would it be? Lin-Manuel Miranda


If you could be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnibenevolent, which would it be? omnibenevolent


Favorite Olympic Sport (Summer or Winter): Gymnastics