Loyola University Chicago

Weekend of Excellence

Emmett Burns

PHOTO: Heather Eidson Emmett Burns has been involved with the Labre Homeless Ministry at Loyola since he was a freshman. “After four years of participation, Labre has taught me to recognize the humanity in all people,” he says.

Quinlan School of Business

Emmett Burns

Majors: Finance and management  •  Class: 2016  •  Hometown: Omaha, NE

What will you be doing at this year’s Weekend of Excellence?
I will be part of a team giving a presentation called “Volunteering and Its Impact on Hiring Potential.” It was part of our business honors capstone research project, and it examines how employers perceive different volunteering experiences when they are included on resumes. The goal is to give students an idea of how they might be able to contribute to their community—with the added bonus of improving their own opportunities after graduation.

What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
I’d have to say my last day when I studied abroad in Rome. My friends and I walked from one end of the city to the other, exploring obscure churches, eating Roman-style pizza, getting gelato from three different places, and more. It was surreal experiencing the Eternal City in the company of some of the best people I’ve met in my time at Loyola.

Tell us about your volunteer work and/or involvement with student groups.
I’m a leader in the Labre Homeless Ministry, an organization that brings students in relationship with the people experiencing homelessness in Chicago. I got involved in my first few weeks at Loyola when a friend of mine brought me along to the weekly meeting. After four years of participation, Labre has taught me to recognize the humanity in all people.

How has your time here helped shape you as a person?
It has inspired me to be more after I graduate. Something Loyola does very well is that it often replaces textbook learning with the real thing, providing a visceral, impactful experience. Those experiences have challenged me to do something after graduation that goes beyond simply providing for myself. I’m not sure many other college experiences could have done the same.

And finally, what do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
As a business student who is passionate about environmental sustainability, I have witnessed the conflict that often arises between business and environmental interests. In 10 years, I hope to be leading a company that is working to resolve that conflict by providing environmental research and consulting to companies seeking to bridge the gap.