It’s been a long four years at Loyola. After 120 credit hours, you’d think I’d be more than familiar with Loyola’s resources but apparently the ability to rent a phone charger from the media lab is just the tip of the iceberg.
UNIV 101 is a staple Loyola class for incoming first-year students which is supposed to inform us on how academics in the university work and what our next four years are going to look like. This probably would’ve been the best time to let us know Loyola is more tech-savvy than the Batcave.
I had no idea I could rent a computer from the school until the end of the second semester of my junior year. This would’ve been great information to have at some point in the past three years as I lugged my 10-pound 2010 Lenovo between my classes. My laptop takes about 20 minutes to turn on and the touchpad is slightly possessed, so a rental would’ve been a godsend.
The media lab now has MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and Lenovo Thinkpads — which everyone is starting to find out about, thus renting out all the available laptops. They’re all programmed with the Adobe Creative Suite which students would otherwise only find on university desktops.
When I transferred to the School of Communication (SOC) I was finally granted access into the multimedia arsenal that is the Owl Lab. This resource is meant specifically for students taking certain communication classes, though everyone wishes they had access to this toy store.
Equipment such as video cameras, microphones and lighting can be rented at the Owl Lab, but don’t bite off more than you can chew. Trying to commute between campuses with camera cases the size of tubas can be problematic.
The Owl Lab isn’t the only space on campus I didn’t know about. I spent my first year at Loyola completely unaware there was a library on the sixth floor of Corboy Law Center. I’d just use the Law Library to study and print out documents.
Another one of my recent discoveries is communication and law majors aren’t the only ones with these types of resources.
At the Water Tower Campus, there’s a podcast studio which any student can sign up to use. Lu’s, which is a restaurant located across the street from Corboy, has a dining area where students can watch television, eat or play board games.
I was a very angsty high schooler so when I moved into dorm life, it was important for me to find a space to play my tunes. There’s a piano lab on Mundelein’s 10th floor, which students taking music classes can use. What I didn’t know was that three floors down, on the seventh floor, a photography lab was available in Art Support, for students taking photography classes.
Mundelein is a good place to explore, with a lot of classes and spaces available for students to study in. There are some great views of campus from some of these spots. Palm Court is a great spot to watch people make their way through campus as the bells from Madonna Della Strada Chapel chime, giving you a Hunchback of Notre Dame type of vibe.
I’m still discovering a lot of resources and locations around Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses and I hope the surprises keep coming.