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Recent graduate ready to relax after presenting award-winning research in California

Recent graduate ready to relax after presenting award-winning research in California

Recent graduate Michelle Lozano wraps up her time at Loyola with quite the experience. Michelle traveled to California soon after graduation to present her award-winning research on the eating habits of adolescent girls. She’s ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy the summer before starting graduate school!

Year/Major: 2015 graduate with a BA in psychology!

What are you up to this summer?
Taking some much needed me-time before the grind that is graduate school at Northwestern. A lot of biking, summer festivals, hot yoga, excessive eating, and hopefully a little bit of traveling.  I'll also be working at a summer camp called Camp Play-A-Lot in Rogers Park as a senior counselor. 

What are you most excited about?
My birthday, of course (July 25, mark your calendars folks). But no really, I was most excited about presenting my research at Stanford this past May at the International Undergraduate Psychology Conference. It was truly an honor to be accepted to present at such a prestigious university, and to be able to meet other students from all over the world with similar interests and studies. It was a humbling experience, and I am very fortunate to have attended.

Do you have any good luck charms or things that helped you prepare before you presented at the conference?
My family, friends, and boyfriend are an all-star support system, so I usually text them before something big happens. This time around, I texted them "I'm about to present!" I usually get their encouraging responses immediately, which boost me up and make me feel like their right there with me every step of the way. My successes are theirs too.

How will your summer adventures add to your Loyola experience?
Presenting at Stanford served as an amazing end to my research as a Johnson Scholar. I think everyone should do research, no matter what they want to go into post-grad. It is truly a unique and rewarding experience. My time at Loyola would not have been the same without the three years in the Activity Matters Lab in the Department of Psychology. 

Finally (for a little fun), tell us what your go-to Chipotle order is.
Burrito bowl - chicken, white rice, black beans, pico de gallo, extra queso, and some lettuce.