About Tori

Hi there! My name is Tori Besser. I am a senior at Bellarmine University where I am majoring in psychology and minoring in biology. I hope to attend medical school after I graduate from BU. I am originally from Columbus, Ohio...but I now consider Louisville to be my home!

The past couple years of have my life have been dedicated to the MCAT, filling out applications, writing essays, and traveling to interviews.  But I am happy to say that all the hard work has played off…

I am officially a member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Class of 2017!!!

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine…my new home this fall!

Throughout the entire process, I have had great support from friends, family, and the Bellarmine community.  I would like to thank everyone who has given me advice, kept me in their thoughts, or listened to me vent!

A special thanks to all of the Bellarmine faculty and the BU Pre-Medical Advising Committee for providing direction and guidance throughout my journey, and for preparing me for the next step in my life!



The #14 Bellarmine men’s basketball team had their final game Tuesday night, falling to #7 Drury 67-61 in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship.  The Knights finished with a record of 24-8, making this is the 5th straight season with at least 20 wins.

Although not many people were able to travel to Springfield, Missouri where the game was played, there was a great support from the whole city of Louisville.  Just goes to show how much we all love our BU Knights!!!


The crowd at Shenanigans Tuesday night, gathered to cheer on the Knights as they battled Drury!

Although we are all sad to see basketball season end, the Knights have several sports that are just getting started.  This weekend, both baseball and softball play at home, at noon, on Saturday and Sunday.  Also on Saturday, the 6-1 lacrosse team faces off against the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes.  The match-up will be the first night lacrosse game in the history of Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, with face-off coming at 7pm.

Come out and support your teams!!!

With Spring Break comes the end of Intramurals.  And with the end of Intramurals comes a new champion.  I am happy to say that, this year, I am a part of the winning Women’s 5-on-5 team!


I have been so fortunate to be a part of the Bellarmine Intramurals program over the past 4 years.  It has been great to play with, and against, many people that have become close friends.

If you haven’t yet become a part of the Intramural community, I would suggest you do so soon…it will be a great experience!


Do you lack motivation?  Do you constantly wear sweatpants and consume large amounts of coffee?  Do you constantly complain about homework and/or contemplate joining the circus?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have Senioritis.  Although Senioritis has no known cures, there are steps that can be taken in order to lessen the negative effects associated with the condition.


Although Senioritis can strike at any time, it usually strikes during the last part of senior year.  With that in mind, make a calendar of tests, papers, and other assignments for the semester to get a feel of your workload.


Examine your calendar and create self-imposed deadlines for each assignment.  Although many assignments have due dates at the end of the semester, finish them early, if possible, when you are still relatively motivated.


It is often very difficult to sit down and write an entire paper in one night.  Instead, make smaller, more reasonable goals for yourself.  For example, plan to finish the paper in a week, by making an outline one day, writing the introduction the next,  etc.


Creating a study schedule and calendar of assignments is only helpful if you stick to it.  Although it might be difficult, it’s the best way to get through the semester with both your grades and sanity intact!


While you may have the best intentions, it will get harder and harder to stay motivated.  Having a study partner or study group will help to keep you on track.


Concentrate on school during the week but have fun during the weekend.  Although it is important to maintain academic success, it is also important to enjoy your last semester!

The men’s basketball program is honoring the memory of physical therapy professor Dr. David Pariser by wearing his initials on their jerseys.

Read more about it on the Wave3 News website.

This story truly exemplifies the caring, compassionate nature of the Bellarmine community.


Calling All Burrito Lovers!

Louisville is (FINALLY) getting a Chipotle!

For the past several years, I would have done anything to get Chipotle to Louisville.  My Dad even joked about buying a house close to campus and turning it into the first Chipotle location in the city.  But finally, my patience has paid-off: Chipotle recently signed a lease and began construction on their first Louisville location, which will be downtown at 315 S. Fourth St. The doors will open in mid-2013.


We just got our first taste of winter this semester with a sleet/snow “storm” last night.  Although it wasn’t much (not even enough to get a snow day!), it inspired me to find what winter activities Louisville had to offer.  Here’s what I found:

1) One of the most popular activities after a heavy snow is sledding at one of the many Metro Parks around Louisville.  The hot spot for Bellarmine students is right across the street at Joe Creason.

2) Ice Skating is another popular activity.  There are several rinks close to campus, like Alpine Ice Arena and Iceland Sports Complex.

3) Skiing is also a favorite.  Many Bellarmine students take advantage of the College Nights–where students can purchase a Snow Pass and rent equipment for a fraction of the normal price–at both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North.


4) Bellarmine basketball games are an ideal activity for those of you who prefer to stay warm and dry.  Both the men and women are in action at home this Thursday (1/17) and Saturday (1/19)!

Have fun and stay warm!