Meet Loyola’s SBA President
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate school and degree:
University of Dayton, Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics, Political Science, and Prelaw
How did you spend your summer?
Law Clerk for Clifford Law Offices and Research Assistant for Professor Richard A. Michael
What do you enjoy most about attending law school at Loyola University Chicago?
The people. Loyola embodies a strong sense of community from top to bottom. The students and faculty are extremely friendly and always look out for each other. Law school can be such a fast-paced, high intensity experience so it's great to have students, professors, and administrators who truly keep your best interest in mind. I have witnessed this strong sense of community on many occasions, but most notably with our Student Bar Association. Our programming wouldn't be possible without the assistance and support I receive from my fellow SBA members; working with those students has been a great learning experience and I've established some great relationships along the way.
What do you hope to accomplish as SBA president this year?
I have been involved with Loyola's Student Bar Association since my 1L year and we have always strived to inculcate a culture where each student is valued. As cheesy as it sounds, our SBA continuously reaches out to the student body and various organizations, remains accessible, and strives to efficiently respond to each student's concerns. I hope to enhance these relations among student organizations, provide support and resources for students suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, and remain responsive to the student body and administration.
What advice do you have for first year students?
My main piece of advice to first year students is to focus on your law school experience and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Attending law school and devoting yourself to a particular career or practice area is extremely personalized. Accordingly, it's important to focus only on what you can do at a particular point in time. Comparing yourself to other students results in stress and may inhibit your experience - so focus on you! Also, it's important to maintain a healthy work-life balance by staying in touch with friends/family, exercising, playing sports, or just doing something outside the confines of the law school. Maintaining that balance makes you more productive and much happier!