Loyola University Chicago

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Taking advantage of all that a Jesuit education has to offer

Taking advantage of all that a Jesuit education has to offer

Olivia Dydyna reflects on her time as a marketing major and discusses the importance of asking for help, talking to professors, and following your passions. She offers these insights on her academic and student organization experiences:

What inspired your success?

Taking advantage of all that a Jesuit education has to offer made my experience at LUC exceptional. Joining Phi Sigma Sigma my freshman year, studying abroad my sophomore year in Roma, becoming a brand ambassador for the Illinois Lottery, and landing a tech-savvy (unpaid) internship my junior year at Vibes Media pushed me to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I switched my major from Psychology to Marketing junior year so I had to play catch up by taking 6 classes, interning and working on the weekends. Senior year was the hardest year of my collegiate career-- but I wouldn't change it for the world. That unpaid internship turned into a full time job offer on graduation day and post-grad life has been pretty awesome so far. 

Were there any faculty or staff members that were particularly helpful during your time at Loyola?

Special shout out to these rad Profs: Kevin Lee, Geroulis, Kielb, Michael Murphy, Giachetti, Schwarten, Bucholz

What advice would you give to current and prospective students?

Don't get bogged down by the question of "What are you doing with your life?" If you asked me freshman year what my dream career was, I wouldn't have known. I'm not really sure I even know now, but what I do know is who I am and who I aspire to be.

Put yourself out there and you will find your passions. Surround yourself with people who have personality and who are different from you. Be weird. Be positive. Ask for help. Ask for advice. And most importantly, talk to your Professors. They're all here to help YOU. 

Olivia Dydyna

Employer: Vibes  

Title: Customer Success Associate 

Grad Date: May 2015

Majors: BBA Marketing

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