Brooke Landrum’s four years were more than she expected
Brooke Landrum (BBA ’20) didn’t expect to love Loyola as much as she did during her four years.
“My dad made me tour Loyola and I fell in love,” says the marketing and information systems double major. “When I walked around campus, I just had that cliché feeling that I knew this was where I was supposed to be. I looked into Loyola because of the Business Honors program, which was really unique, but I fell in love with the whole school.”
Reflections from the Class of 2020
To celebrate the Class of 2020, Landrum and other Quinlan students created brief digital send-offs discussing Loyola, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their hopes for the future. Watch Landrum’s message:
Connecting with faculty and friends
Landrum is most grateful for the connections she made with Quinlan faculty.
“It’s so clear that the professors here genuinely care for their students,” says Landrum. “They have been friends and mentors, and they are always willing to help and go to bat for me if I need them. A few that have made a lasting impact on me are Anne Reilly, Amy Kyhos, and Linda Tuncay Zayer. Their help made my Loyola experience better.”
Since sophomore year, Landrum has worked as a research assistant for Tuncay Zayer, a position which combined her marketing and information systems knowledge.
Landrum is also grateful for the community she found at Water Tower Campus.
“One of my favorite memories is the Destress Fest during finals week each semester,” says Landrum. “It’s something fun and exciting to look forward to during a stressful time of the semester. Students hang out and chat on the Schreiber stairs, and the therapy dogs are so cute. You see so many people and remember the community you’re a part of.”
Looking to the future
Landrum has known since she was ten years old that she wanted to go to college.
“It’s exciting and weird to be entering a new phase of life,” says Landrum. “I’ve accomplished a lot and all of a sudden, I’m onto a new chapter. I don’t know what it’s like to not be in school.”
As she prepares to graduate, she’s looking to start her career in marketing in Chicago. She encourages her fellow seniors to focus on the little things to get them through the stressful time of job searching during a pandemic.
“Take a deep breath and breathe through the stress. Remember the little things that you love, and it will put things in perspective.”