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WELLNESS CAMPUS MINISTRY

School-life balance

Staying Best Friends program provides support for couples

Striking a school-life balance is hardly an easy proposition for law students.  Pursuing a legal education can sometimes tax or end students’ personal relationships that are unable to endure related stress.

Loyola is giving couples reasons to survive—and tools with which to thrive. Through its Staying Best Friends outreach—held twice during the fall semester for law students, and once during the spring for all University students—alumni share tips for making relationships work.

Faith and communication are some of the bedrocks for success.

Staying Best Friends is a perfect representation of how Loyola cares about all aspects of their students’ wellbeing, not only their academic success.
— Amelia Canham Easton (JD ’14)

“Law school is inherently a stressful time, but in the long run maintaining important relationships is as meaningful as any degree,” says presenter Amelia Canham Eaton (JD ’14), who married her husband, Peter Krauss, nearly five years ago when she was a 3L. The couple have two young sons.

“Staying Best Friends is a perfect representation of how Loyola cares about all aspects of their students’ wellbeing, not only their academic success,” Eaton adds.

Eaton and Krauss will be among three presenting couples at the October Staying Best Friends meeting. An earlier September event, held in the Dean’s Conference Room, drew 21 people.

The program was created nearly 30 years ago by the law school’s administration and former Chaplain James Zullo, after five 1Ls divorced in a single academic year.

The 90-minute sessions end promptly at 7:30 p.m. That ensures that couples have time to go to dinner or grab a cocktail or coffee, says Father Jerry Overbeck, the law school’s chaplain. 

“The conversation after the meeting itself is often the most valuable part,” he says.  “When people have been in law school for a week or two, they’re starting to feel the stress. Sometimes they’ll say, ‘Whoa, this is trickier than I thought it would be.’”

Staying Best Friends meetings are typically heartfelt, Overbeck adds: “I’m often surprised at the candor. I hear really honest reflections from people who are doing the work.”

Loyola offers students a welcoming and inclusive community with a variety of services and programs. Learn more about our wellness resources.