Loyola University Chicago

Community Service & Action

Division of Mission Integration

Student: Ian Espiritu



Name: Ian Espiritu

Year in School: Junior
Major: Nursing 


Where are you from?
I’m from Bloomfield Hills Michigan, 30 minutes North of Detroit, 20 if you’re me. 

What do you like to do? 
I like playing video games, but I also really enjoy reading both poetry and prose. I’m usually listening to Disney songs, show tunes, or orchestral arrangements because music is fun.


How are you involved in Community Service & Action?
I am currently involved in the St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen trips as a leader on Fridays. I have been going to the soup kitchen every Tuesday and Friday since my first year. I started because I needed service hours, but stayed for the community and the camaraderie that came along the way.

Why do you engage in the community? 
I engage in the community because I have a drive to give back to my home. While I am not from Chicago, it is my adoptive city and I want to give back to the community that is giving so much to me. I want to help make it a place that people are proud of and love being in.

How do you envision living out our mission of building the greater good past your time at Loyola?
Hopefully when I am a nurse actually working in the health care field, I will take what I have learned here at Loyola with me to take care of patients in a much more holistic view. At Loyola we learn to strive for the Magis, to reach for the more in whatever we do and I want to apply that to what I will be doing as a nurse. I want to be able to create change that allows for greater care for patients and healthcare workers alike in a very Loyola way.


How are you involved at Loyola outside of CSA?
I am a part of the Esports club on campus and help run its social media. I’m definitely not good at the games we play, but I’m all about having fun!

What advice would you give to an in-coming student at Loyola?

My advice would be to really put yourself out there. Whether you find yourself doing things you have always done, or want to try something new, you get to experience a whole other world by doing so. You find like-minded people and will meet friends in the not-so-strangest of places.