Carpooling.  For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health – it’s a way of life at Loyola.  I know many moms of 7th and 8th graders who really worry about the commute to Loyola and whether they’ll be able to work out a carpool.  As my friends and I have learned, it’s not only possible, but is actually a really special time with our sons and their friends.  Carpooling is truly the “Mom Network” at it’s very best.  I don’t know how the moms of years ago managed their carpools, but I do know that we couldn’t live without group texting and websites like Sign-Up Genius today.  Carpools are a living, breathing, fluid entity – and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had for anything!

I have an 8-passenger SUV – the gold-standard for driving carpool.  My only concern as the other moms and I started planning was how to get one mom, seven teenage boys, seven backpacks and a variety of PE bags, football shoulder pads, lacrosse sticks, water bottles, and lunches into the car – and still be able to see out the back window.    What a sight we were, traveling down the Glendale Freeway and Alvarado Blvd., with a large car-carrier holding the majority of that gear riding on top – especially the days when the boys didn’t secure all the straps tightly!  And, we did look a little like a clown car as the seven boys tumbled out of the car after we pulled in to the parking lot off of Pico, but that all added to the adventure.

I’ve had some great discussions with the boys during our morning commutes.  I’ve learned so much about many of the teachers – their sense of humor, pet peeves, the type and amount of homework they give, whether their tests are brutal or easy – the boys talk about it all.  I loved being a fly on the wall as they giddily anticipated the first dance of the year and speculated if there really would be more than 2000 girls in attendance.  I happily listened as they planned their “promposals” for the winter formal and then shared the details of how it went.

We have had quiet mornings when everyone just wants to sleep, mornings when there are several individual conversations going on at once, mornings when one of the boys is full of energy and the whole car gets involved in his humor, mornings when the boys take turns playing DJ and sharing their favorite music – the clean versions of course ;) and everything in between.  We love playing along with the contestants on Battle of the Sexes at 7:10 every morning on 104.3 MyFM, seeing who can answer the quickest and laughing at how bad some of the answers are.  We even called in one day and won tickets on the air!

It’s been fun watching the group in my rear-view mirror as they have been going through the process of getting their driving permits and driver’s licenses.  Three of them now have that magical symbol of freedom and maturity, with two more hoping to get it next week and the last two before the end of December.  They are all still riding with me some days, but the carpool is definitely changing and I must admit that it’s making me sad.  I know that this special time with my son and the others is coming to an end – far sooner than I ever thought possible, and is like many of the milestones that I have watched come and go over the years – both joyful and bittersweet.

College Update - Pablo Muñoz '16

Loyola is what you make of it. The competition can be intense, but most students rise to the challenge. I don’t mean to say it is impossible to succeed or to have fun, but much is expected from everyone on campus. Most students who attend the school realize the challenge they face within the first two weeks. I didn’t learn until almost a month into my freshman year that I would have to shift my ways of thinking to succeed. From freshman to senior year, I changed, as all Loyola students do, and I became a better person as a result of my surroundings. 

Spending almost four years at one school may seem like half an eternity leading up to day one, but over the course of my four years, I found myself on an upward trajectory that caused each year to pass with increasing speed. It is hard not to become involved in multiple groups at Loyola, and even harder not to succumb to what I would call a slippery slope of contributions to the school community. Entering freshman year, I thought I had an idea about the activities with which I wanted to involve myself. Few of the things I joined as a freshman remained on my résumé by the time I became a senior, and by that point I was more involved in the school than ever before. 

I remember the weekends where Loyola was heavily present in my schedule.  Those ones where I had several school events to choose from, college applications to complete and submit, a college interview to prepare for, and newspaper copy to read over and edit in preparation for the upcoming issue during my time as Editor-in-Chief.  I enjoyed interacting on various levels with members of the Loyola community during my days as a student and look forward to my next chapter that I'm beginning as a UCLA freshman. 


College Update - Alonzo Billips '16

The help from my teachers and coaches was incredible during my Loyola career.  Their understanding was very special.  I have been told that rarely in life is there ever a constant communication between coaches and teachers about a player’s progress on and off the field.  At Loyola, teachers and coaches are on a first name basis.  The close dialogue between my former teachers and coaches, and the unity of the Loyola brotherhood always helped me through any rough-patch. 

That support is something that is unique to Loyola, in terms of communication, empathy, and compassion and I will carry it with me as I begin my freshman year at Santa Clara University.

College Update - Joon Sung '16

Many people might think that senior year is the easiest of the four years in high school, and I am here to let you know that this isn’t true.  Last year, I took 4 AP classes: AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science, and AP Art History.  Most of my classes were Math based and involved logic work, so homework would take a few minutes or a few hours. I enjoyed all of my classes during my senior year and was so motivated to put my full effort into everything.  Computer Science was like learning a new language with all the java syntax and learning to use logic. Physics was difficult because I had to understand the physical concepts, but also fun as my class got to shoot crossbow arrows and play with frictionless carts to get a better grasp of the conceptual framework.  One of the nice things about Senior year was having a Magis period, which is essentially a free period, which let me  finish work at school so I had less to do at home. 

School days generally moved quickly. I used to hang out with my friends inside the Student Center that had a flat screen TV, and we usually watched soccer games at lunch.  One of the highlights of last year was  the Senior Service Project. I worked at St. Thomas, a school across the street from Loyola. During the month of January, seniors go out to their respective service sites and work at least 76 hours. The amount of hours might seem daunting, but most seniors do not have any classes that month, meaning they can focus purely on the community service.  Now, I'm a freshman at Brown University.  Thanks Loyola!



On behalf of the entire Loyola community, welcome to our Admissions Blog!  Take a look at what daily life on campus could be like for you.  Follow Cubs on Instagram, read blog posts from both students and parents.  Don’t miss the video feature as we get a glimpse of students during a regular school day.  This is just a snapshot of what makes Loyola a dynamic and compassionate institution.  

In the meantime, please note that our annual Open House is scheduled for Sunday, December 4 from 1-4pm and we hope to see you.

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Mr. Heath Utley