Packing for Life in Loyola

Packing for college is one of the most exciting, yet intimidating, processes you have probably faced thus far in your life. As a Loyola Hall alumna, I came to appreciate the occasional items that don’t initially cross your mind when trying to stock your room with all of the must-haves. I have compiled a personal list of the top ten most helpful items I had in my Loyola room, to pass on to you, the new Manresa Scholars!

1. Umbrella and Rain Boots
I faced my fair share of random rain showers to torrential downpours last year. Whether for a simple walk from Loyola to the Caf, a trek across campus to Faculty Memorial Hall, or even passing through Times Square to get to a Broadway show, my foldable umbrella and trusty rain boots never let me down.


2. Reusable Water Bottle
Living in Loyola Hall comes with the luxury of your own sink in your room! With easy access to tap water in your room, as well as water bottle filling stations throughout campus, having a reusable water bottle is key to staying hydrated throughout the day.

3. Beach Towel
Laying out on the grass on Eddie’s Parade on a towel or blanket allows for the opportunity to hang out with your friends or study outside on a nice day.


4. Printer
Having a printer in my room came in handy when having to print a paper or reading for class. There are Fordham printers on campus; however, having your own makes sure that you are always prepared.

5. Command Strips
I loved being able to quickly hang a picture or poster on the wall to add to my room decor. Command Strips, as well as hooks for jackets and towels, are a great addition to your room supplies.


6. Door Stop
Loyola Hall doors are heavy and can only be opened with your key – having a door stop to prop open the entrance to your room makes it easy for friends to come in and out.

7. Games
My friends and I held weekly “family game nights” in the Seminar Rooms of Loyola – packing your favorite board game or fun card games from home is a great way to bring everyone together.

8. ID Holder
Having your student ID card handy 24/7 is key to getting on campus, entering your residence hall, or swiping into the Caf. I kept mine in an ID holder attached to my lanyard and room key for easy access.

9. Cold Medicine
At least once a semester, there comes a point where almost everyone on campus seems to have come down with a cold – stocking up on your preferred cold medicines beforehand helps to keep you prepared and healthy.

10. Ultimate Snack Stash
A stash of your favorite snacks from home allows for comfort in study breaks as well as a great sharing opportunity with friends. Exposing my northerner friends to the taste of Old Bay seasoning was a great bridge between my Maryland and New York life!

Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2017-2018


Get to Know Next Year’s Staff: GSB Tutor Julianna Larwood

One of the many aspects of the Manresa Program that I enjoy is the emphasis on the first-year academic experience,1379412_433955610041810_981269876_n especially easing the transition from a high school to a college learning setting. As Manresa Scholars, we are provided various tools to help us succeed academically, the most prominent tool being the live-in tutors. There are four tutors, two from Fordham College at Rose Hill and two from the Gabelli School of Business. Each holds a minimum of ten office hours a week. In addition to those office hours, during which we can make an appointment for one-on-one or group tutoring sessions in any course subject, the tutors also hold various programs throughout the year, such as public speaking workshops or economics study sessions. One of the more unique programs this semester was a breakdown and discussion of the President’s State of the Union address.

The current tutors were not only a big help last semester when I needed clarification on a subject, but they are also who I will look to help me prepare for sophomore year. Next year, I will be one of the two Gabelli tutors. I will provide specific support in the Ground Floor course, which is the introduction to business class, as well as a potential Manresa course option for Gabelli students, as well as writing in general. I will also provide support in various liberal arts core courses, such as Theology and Composition II. Students will be able to reach out to me for tutoring sessions or for review and feedback via email. The other Gabelli tutor will provide specific support in Math, Economics, and Statistics courses, as well as liberal arts courses. I am extremely excited for this opportunity! 

Learning isn’t just about going to class and absorbing information; a major part of learning is sharing what you learned with others, and through working with future Manresa Scholars, I will be doing just that.

Future Scholars can look forward to my many program ideas, such as some Ground Floor-specific workshops, in addition to my tutoring duties, and I can’t wait to be spending another year in this community!

Julianna Larwood, GSB 2018
Manresa Scholar and 2015-2016 Live-in Tutor

Where will Manresa Scholars go next?

At Manresa, you’ll find a whirlwind of activities every week, and an even wider variety of students. This year’s Manresa students have cultivated a community of intelligence, athleticism, leadership, and outgoing commitments not only because of the new home that has been provided to them, but also because of their support for one another and their drive to succeed in all that they do. This support has allowed the freshman of Manresa to continue pursuing strong roles at Fordham for their sophomore year.

Three of Manresa’s own students, Peter Vergara, Abigail Kedik, and Francesca Russo, have earned Resident Assistant positions for the upcoming year here in Loyola. These are three of four prized positions, and the competition for them was strong; however, given their knowledge and ability to create friendships not only with Manresa Scholars, but also students in many other residence halls, these three Scholars succeeded.

Because of the strong community that has been built within this year’s Manresa scholars, many of the current students have decided to join some of Fordham’s unique Integrated Learning Communities (ILCs), which are intentional living-learning communities with a specific focus, for their sophomore year. These include Global Business, West Wing, Wellness and the Sophomore Year Experience. All of these ILCs will continue to foster the students’ learning in a smaller environment where they can grow more relationships with not only the peers that they will be living with, but also connections with their professors as well.

Manresa Scholars are dedicated to their schoolwork and to improving the well-being of others through socializing, volunteering, and community involvement in the Fordham community. Please stay tuned for updates on highlighted upcoming events!

Liz Clark, GSB 2018  |  Manresa Scholar

Shadows of True Meaning: A Reflection by Tutor Ryan

Manresa Scholars,
A prior blog post brought to our attention the following words from St. Ignatius: “He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or else he loses his labor.” Indeed, before a difference can be made, or even recognized in the world around us, a difference must first be made within. The tricky part is in sparking this self-transformation, which begins with understanding our true selves.

The late Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung produced many novel ideas about the psyche during his career, one of which was his concept of the shadow. The shadow is the part of the unconscious that contains all the undesirable aspects of our personality, including, but not limited to: greed, jealousy, anger, and pride. These vices produce unpleasant feelings, and so they are relegated to the back of the mind, temporarily forgotten, yet ever lurking.

Like a mint Mentos in a bottle of diet Coke, these feelings inevitably find a way out, sometimes in ways that surprise us. How often do you find yourself complaining about how self-centered, arrogant, and irritating others are? Does it ever bother you to the point where these thoughts even become obsessive?

Jung would propose that we are projecting the undesirable aspects of ourselves onto others, freeing us from the painful responsibility of self-examination. I know that many of the negative traits I recognize and complain about in those around me are in fact the very things I dislike about myself. Despite how jarring a revelation such as this may be, it is ultimately for the better, because ignoring these flaws only leads to further festering within the soul. A clearer understanding of one’s faults leads to a clearer understanding of one’s true self.

Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your own shadow; the part of yourself that you loathe may be the very thing that helps to transform you.

Ryan Gilligan, FCRH 2015  |  Manresa Student Tutor

An Ignatian Call to Attention

St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches us to find God in all things, to listen with a discerning heart, and to live for the greater glory of God’s name.

May we reflect on God’s presence in our lives as a community of lifelong learners of mind, heart, and spirit.

…And let us pray:

Almighty God, creator of breath and bread of life and all that nourishes it,

We give You thanks and ask for the courage to be responsive to Your call.

A call to find love in all things; A call to use the gifts of knowledge, patience, and insight for righteousness while working to dissolve the bonds of injustice in our world. 

We pray that we reciprocate the call of love that our parents, family, teachers, friends, and Fordham community instill in us to make us better people in Your service.

For this we pray, now and forever.


– Prayer by FCRH Freshman Dean, Dr. Robert Parmach

Words of Wisdom from Tutor Ryan

Manresa Scholars,

Many of you may question the merits of taking classes in the humanities when parents and the media often place so much emphasis upon the hard sciences and swollen bank accounts. After all, the earning potential for the latter is seemingly greater than that of the former, but I posit to you that the benefits you gain from studying the humanities will outweigh your future lack of money.

Below you will find an article entitled “Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Chinese Philosophy?” I hope that this piece will enlighten those of you that dismiss the study of subjects such as English, History and Philosophy as merely a waste of time, as well as allow you to see that the value of a class need not lie in its potential for career advancement. I also hope that Fordham College at Rose Hill and Gabelli School of Business students alike will realize the importance of the humanities within their core classes.

Ryan Gilligan, FCRH 2015  |  Manresa Student Tutor

Manresa Colloquium: Fr. McShane on Love

On Friday, 2/6, Fr. McShane delivered an engaging lecture on the value of love in the Jesuit tradition. The lecture was attended by nearly all of Loyola Hall’s 125 residents, and was followed by a catered sandwich dinner.

Fr. McShane at Manresa Love Lecture

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