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Danielle Laban

About Danielle Laban

Danielle is the Director of Student Experience at National Louis. She's an experienced student affairs professional who is focused on student success. Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Northern Colorado and her Master of Arts at Roosevelt University.

New to National Louis: Inclusive U Written by Courtney Brinson, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_318054821With the fall term off to a great start, an excellent way for students to develop themselves as well as contribute to the development of our University learning community is through Inclusive U! Inclusive U is a program designed to engage students, staff, and faculty in unique professional development opportunities geared towards improving skills and knowledge around inclusivity and positive civic engagement. Continue reading »

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Speak Up When You See a Friend At Risk Written by Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

RedFlagGraphicDid you know females ages 16-24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence? That’s triple the national average.

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, NLU’s Student Experience Office is dedicated to educating students on the issues related to domestic and dating violence with our Red Flag campaign. The Red Flag campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel and community victim advocates. Continue reading »

Getting the Most Out of Your Spring Break. . . There’s Still Time By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_380256046There’s still time to get the most out of your spring break before classes resume on Monday! The days are getting longer and buds are starting to sprout. It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring ─ except for the 50 mph gusts of wind on Michigan Avenue.

You don’t have to go far to get some much needed rest and relaxation. NLU’s Student Experience is dedicated to providing you with the solution to an alternative spring break. Try one of these tips to rest your brain and reinvigorate yourself for the upcoming spring quarter. Continue reading »

Transforming Yourself Through Acceptance How accepting yourself can lead to compassion and growth

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By Danielle Laban, NLU Director of Student Experience

Acceptance is not the same as permission. Acceptance is the beginning of an inquiry. It is the first step on a journey, whereas permission, psychologically speaking, is allowing unhealthy behavior to continue.

Often, people confuse the two. They think that if they accept something unpleasant about themselves, or another, that they are condoning bad behavior and allowing it to continue. Instead, acceptance is living with things as they are, and then taking steps from there. Acceptance is living with oneself and others, warts and all, and then growing. Permission is suffering with something you don’t want, and feeling powerless to do something about it.

If I accept that I made a mistake or did something hurtful to someone that I love, it does not mean that I am okay to do it again, over and over. It does not mean that I permit myself to keep acting out. Rather, acceptance is the first step towards better understanding oneself and then working with what’s there. It is a call to growth, and a chance to proceed with compassion.

The Counseling Center at NLU can help with finding acceptance in difficult or stressful situations. Simply send an email to counseling@nl.edu to schedule an initial meeting with one of our highly trained counselors.

Calm Stress By Adding Serene Moments of Pleasure Written by: Patti Essig, Response Center, NLU Lisle Campus

RelaxSlowDownHow to Manage Stress. It seems like so many of us today experience stress in our lives. As a yoga teacher I know practicing yoga regularly helps to manage stress. However, there are some very simple techniques to manage stress and lessen its negative effects.

Look Inward: Spend a few quiet minutes every day meditating or practicing mindfulness; this will help ease anxiety and lower stress hormones. Continue reading »

You Learn Differently From Others, So Find Your Learning Style Did you know there are five ways to take notes?

By Amanda DaSilva, Associate Director of Student Development

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 4.33.04 PMWelcome back to school, NLU Eagles!

While it’s hard to believe, the time has come to trade the beach for the books. Are you ready to retire as grillmaster and adjust back to student mode? Getting a jump on effective study skills can ease this transition and make you productive from the start!

Reflecting on your study habits, what has worked well for you? Are there areas where you want to change the routine? Learning is impacted by many factors, including some that you might be overlooking. Check out the resources below to assess your current study methods and gain tips for more effective studying this year. Continue reading »

Fill your Tool Belt to Build a Healthy School Year By: Danielle Colletti, Graduate Student and Wheeling Response Center

College is an exciting time when we work on building who we are and who we wish to become. However, like any new project, we needed to be armed and ready with the right tools needed to make our next endeavor a success. Look no further– let’s load your tool belt with great tips to help you stay healthy and organized throughout your college career and beyond!

  1. BUY A PLANNER

Purchase one of these right away so that you can begin using it the first day of the term! Better yet, pick one up on campus on 9/14! Take your syllabi and add all the due dates and assignments to your calendar. This way you know what is ahead of you and can plan accordingly. With this, make a to-do list each day with the most important tasks at the top. Set goals. Try to keep this with you at all times. This is something that I do each day to make sure that I am on top of all my tasks for school, work, and personal life. Make it fun and reward yourself with something special for completing everything on the list. Don’t forget to schedule time to relax!

  1. DETERMINE IF YOU ARE AN OWL OR A ROOSTER

Find out what time of the day you are most productive. Are you a night owl who gets all their work done before bed, or are you a rooster who likes to get up with the sun and complete some work to start your day? Once you have learned what time works best for you, try to keep a routine! Continue reading »

Future Employers Will Read Your Social Media of Today Students, be SMART the next time you tweet, check in, and share

By Danielle Laban, NLU’s Director of Student Experience

SocialMediaillustrationYou know social media have grown phenomenally over the past few years, but do you know just how much? And how it will affect your paycheck after you graduate?

Usage of general social media has increased nationally by almost 1,000% within the last decade, especially by those between 18 and 29 years of age, according to the Pew Research Center.  According to a survey conducted by UCLA, 27.2 percent of students spent more than six hours per week on some form of social media in 2014, up from 19.9 percent in 2007.

Also, data presented by Snelling.com, a leader in the employment industry, communicated that 86% of employers are checking social media before they grant an interview. Moreover, today 94% of grad schools inquire about a student’s online posts.

It’s important to start thinking about how your presence on social media can influence your professional trajectory as you work through college as a budding professional. It’s important to think strategically about how you can keep your personality alive, while not scaring away potential internships or job opportunities. Here’s some food for thought as you make your online “footprint” the next time you tweet, check in, and share:

  1. Delete any negative or controversial posts, check-in locations, and pictures.
  2. Employers and university personnel can do an internet search of your profile.
  3. Remember that the internet is not a secure place. For example, when using the Snap Chat technology, individuals can take screenshots of what you send them. So be careful of what you send to your peers via social media.
  4. Make a decision to let someone whose opinion you value highly (parents, favorite aunt, mentor, etc.) provide you feedback on what you want to post on social media.
  5. Set up a Google Alert for your name, so when a photo of you has been tagged or anyone mentions your name, you will know.
  6. Highlight and post about the events, programs or student clubs you participate in at NLU. If you volunteer, attend campus activities, or learn something new in class, be sure to write about it online. Make it your Facebook status or Tweet about it, or better yet start a blog about how awesome your experience is with NLU.

Why College is Life of Pie, And How To Get Your Ice Cream College is the time to join a club, try something new, make a friend

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By Danielle Laban, NLU Director of Student Experience

College is like apple pie. Apple pie is always better a-la-mode, with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream!

One of the greatest shifts you’ll experience coming from high school to college is the variety of choices available to you, all of which are optional and extra opportunities to grow and have fun beyond the classroom! With great freedom comes a risky trap some students fall into, which is not participating in any of the extra activities, events, or programs. Continue reading »