It's that time of the year where everyone hides inside, eats only food that can be delivered, and tries to decide how many times they can use the snow as an excuse to skip class. While the Chicago winter may make everyone unproductive, you can show your parents and your friends that you're making the most of your hibernation by joining LUC Spoon. If you're going to spend the next couple months inside eating food, might as well come eat with us. 

We're looking for writers, photographers, videographers, marketers, social media experts, event planners, and anyone who loves food or eats. If we didn't have you at food, here are nine more reasons you should join the tastiest organization at Loyola. 

1. Make food part of your professional experience.

A big part of college is figuring out what you want to do and what kind of experience you can get to set yourself apart in that field. At Spoon you have the opportunity to develop work and leadership experience or add to your portfolio through articles, our social media accounts, photography, and our marketing team, all while eating your way through meetings and activities.

2. Spoon is now owned by the coolest network, Scripps (not that we're biased at all.)

If you've ever watched a Food Network show, you're familiar with Scripps. This past year, Spoon University was bought by Scripps giving Spoon even more opportunities then it had before. The Spoon co-founders were even named to Forbes' 30 under 30. Just further proof that Spoon is a constantly growing organization.

3. Become a social media sensation.

As a millenial, everyone knows you're only as good as your social media feed. Increase your social media outreach and presence through our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. With 2,000+ followers on our chapter account and 367,000+ followers on the international account, the connections are endless. We have opportunities to provide social media coverage at Chicago food events such as Chicago Gourmet or even establish your own food Instagram

4. Networking opportunities galore.

Spoon is a huge family, with over 400 chapters across the globe, giving you a network of students and professionals to connect with and meet. Whether you want to meet people at other schools who share your interests, are looking for career advice, or want better access to internships and jobs in related fields, Spoon members and alumni are here for you. Events, such as Spoon's annual Brainfood, connect Spoon members with each other and the food community giving you friendships and connections that will extend beyond your four years of college.

5. Explore Chicago 24/7 while eating your way through it.

Not that you ever need a reason to explore the city, but Spoon lets you go out downtown and still build your writing or photography portfolio. Whether you're exploring new areas of the city through other members' food recommendations or finding new restaurants through a food festival, there's always something new to try. Reassure your parents that you have left campus at least once this winter.

6. Make friendships that will last a lifetime.

I may be biased because Spoon brought me one of my best friends, but Spoon allows you to meet new people who share your interests and passions. Nothing brings people together like food. Our Spoon chapter includes students, in all four grades with a variety of majors and hobbies, who come together over a shared enjoyment of food (and bottomless brunch).

7. You are a true foodie and lover of food.

If you've ever left 63 early to go to Sam's, made the walk to Velvet Taco in the freezing cold, or forced yourself out of bed on a Sunday morning for brunch, you love food. You don't need to be the kind of person who brings an ice cream sundae to class, but Spoon members truly love their food. If DJ Khaled and Chrissy Teigen were college students, they would definitely be Spoon members. 

To apply to join the Loyola Spoon chapter, go to and hit "join." Then go check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr to keep up with our epic foodporn.  

Jordan Helms