Monica Lyons

What is your favorite place on campus?

Walking down Bulldog Alley in the springtime from College Hall to Saint Al's Church. The dramatic architecture and the crisp greens of spring pop right out at you. I always find myself taking a deep breath of thankfulness to go to such a beautiful school where I can be inspired just as I'm walking to class.

What about your favorite place in Spokane?

The Scoop, a mom & pop ice cream shop on Spokane's South Hill. It's in a cute, woodsy residential area surrounded by beautiful homes. My friends and I always go for runs on the South Hill and then treat ourselves to some ice cream at The Scoop afterwards. It reminds me of home and the ice cream flavors are to die for!

Which class and/or professor have you enjoyed the most so far?

My Cities in Literature course has been one of my favorites. Our professor, Dr. Cooney, challenged us to ask ourselves difficult questions about the way we perceive things. One time he asked us, "Is a carton of milk art?" Our discussions were lively and thought provoking. We even analyzed The Hunger Games, which I wasn't so thrilled by. Each time, I left class with new perspectives and ideas. He's a great professor that really cares about the growth he sees in GU students. I'll be taking another of his courses next semester!

Give us a fun fact about you:

I have a twin brother who goes to Santa Clara University, a Jesuit university in California. It's great that we go to different schools, but it's also hard to be away from him for so long! On winter breaks, we are at each other's side all day, everyday.

What extra-curricular activity do you enjoy the most?

Going on runs with my girls on the Centennial Trail. There's nothing like it. It's a chance for all of us to leave the constant stresses of homework and studying behind and literally run off into the sunset. We chat, laugh, and get quality time together without interruptions or distractions. So many life talks have happened on long runs along the Centennial Trail. You can really feel the beauty of Spokane when you run along the river. It's magical.

Even though you haven't left Gonzaga yet, what is your favorite memory so far?

My favorite memory would be being an Orientation Leader for last year's incoming freshmen. The Welcome Night traditions got me so excited for the school year to start. I loved having the opportunity to guide a small group of excited freshmen through their first year at GU. We kept in contact all year and I was a resource for them if they had any questions or hardships. I hope my role in their experience of being a freshman was as inpactful as their role in my sophomore year.