Senior Spotlight: Caroline Breitbach (’20)

As we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020, we share the experiences, memories and plans of some of our seniors.

Caroline Breitbach (’20)
Hometown: Peoria, Ill.
Major: English, Creative Writing and Media Studies

I was a member of the Honors Program, Loras Concert Choir, an editor for the literary magazine Catfish Creek, and the President of the Guild of St. Genesius (the honors theatre group on campus).

When I first arrived on campus, I think more than anything I was just excited to be away from home and living with all these new freedoms and friends. As the years went by, I think I’ve finally come to appreciate Loras fully for all the things it has done for me, only as a student but as a person. There’s so many different opportunities for growth and development on a campus that really wants you to succeed and to know you personally, and I have found so much support here. While at first I kind of saw Loras as just taking the next step in life after high school, I have found a home and grew up here.

I have so many fond memories of Loras, so it’s really hard to narrow down. Some of the most mundane things ended up being my favorites, like eating crackers in my friend Brigid’s Beckman dorm or getting garbage bags from the Duhawk Market to use as poncho’s because it was raining and my roommates and I needed to get to Binz.

I also have a lot of good memories surrounding the Loras Players. The fall play this year was Silent Sky with my fellow seniors Amber, Brigid, and Morgan, so every rehearsal with them is a good memory. Also my first play I ever did at Loras, A Flea in Her Ear, will always be so special to me. It was the first time I really was a part of a group on campus, and I met some people who are very important to me through the theatre.

After graduation, I will be coming back to Dubuque to work at Great River Learning as a Web Project Editor.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).