Loyola University Chicago

Student Leadership Development

Division of Student Development

Student: Rahul Shaju


Name: Rahul Shaju

Year in School: Junior

Major: Bioinformatics

Minor: Biology

I come from a loving family from the suburbs of Chicago but originally I was born in Kerela, India.


I hope to enter medical school a pursue a career in medicine. 


I am an Orientation Leader, 360 Retreat Leader, Career Peer, and Research Assistant outside of class. All of these experiences have helped shape me into the person I am today.

Where do I start?! I think my favorite part about this school are the people who study and work here. Everyone I met here is unique in their own way and I have shared wonderful experiences and have had wonderful conversations with these people. 

As an Orientation Leader I helped incoming freshmen and transfer students feel comfortable attending school at Loyola and helped them feel not so overwhelmed by college. 
As a 360 Leader I continued the same work I did as an Orientation Leader after a few weeks of college and helped build community among the freshmen as we talked about the struggles of college and how to follow your inner compass. 

I currently volunteer at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center at the post anesthesia care unit. I often interact with families of patients that recently came out of surgery and I get the opportunity to listen to them and their medical concerns. I also occasionally volunteer at the Garfield Park Conservatory and help them maintain the conservatory and grow plants. 


To me justice means giving everyone equal opportunity to accomplish their goals. As an immigrant from India I am glad that Loyola University Chicago has taken steps to provide higher education to those who may not be able to afford it, especially through the Magis Scholarship.

So far the biggest lesson I learned from Jesuit education is the value of reflection. Through reflection I have been better able to make sense of my life and grow as an individual.

Definitely the echo spot. Sitting on the ledge and staring at the lake is a great way to unwind especially when the weather is nice. In Chicago I'd have to say the lake shore path. I love to bike on the lake shore path where you can explore the whole city from. 

Don't stress if you don't have everything figured out! Use the resources that are available to you and you will eventually thrive.