Senior Spotlight: Shae Slaven (’21)

As we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021, we share the experiences, memories and plans of some of our seniors.

Shae Slaven (’21)
Hometown: Chelsea, Iowa
Major: Religious Studies and Theology

Shae Slaven (’21)

While at Loras, I was involved with Du Peace and Justice, TREC Trips as a student coordinator, Antioch Retreat, Delta Epsilon Sigma, transfer mentoring, and various Mass ministries.

Loras wasn’t part of my original plan, but after I decided to transfer from my first school, I knew I wanted a school that embraced their Catholic identity and had a strong sense of community. I realized very soon after starting here that Loras was the perfect fit. I loved the opportunity to practice and grow in my faith and am extremely grateful for the community atmosphere I was hoping to find.

Looking back, Loras has far exceeded my early expectations. I came to college looking for “the best four years of my life” but did not realize the amount of personal growth I would undergo and the relationships I would nurture into lifelong friendships. Being a Duhawk these past few years has been the best, but I now know that Loras’ impact will last a lifetime.

My favorite memories of Loras have been the result of all the wonderful connections and deep friendships I was able to form during my three years here. The people here make this school so special and am I am blessed to have been able to know many of them. While it wasn’t a big moment, one of my fondest memories was at the final Mass of my sophomore year, where quite a few students and staff gathered together for the last time before summer break and graduation. It was so good to be in a community with people that I loved, and it was there that I realized that I had made the right choice to come to Loras.

After graduation, I plan to take a semester off to work before continuing my education in January 2022 by pursuing my Master’s of Science in Nursing.

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 2020, Loras was ranked 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 fourth 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 12th 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).