My major is political science. Like most students, I have changed my major a few times. I first came in wanting to be a music major since I had played the saxophone for many years. I ultimately decided to be a Political Science major because I am very interested in American politics and government. I also chose it because there are so many things I can do with a degree in political science afterwards. I can choose a more practical profession such as a public administrator or decide to follow the academic route.
I would have to say my favorite professor has been Dr. Emily Prieto. I took her Latinos in the U.S.course for my minor. I learned so much in her class. Her experiences and academic background really attributed to her teachings. I have never seen a professor care so much for her students.
I would say that going to the Rec is my favorite thing to do on campus. There is just so much stuff to do there! From sport intramurals, racquetball, outdoor activities or just working out. It gives me a chance to take a break from studying and just have fun with my friends.
Being part of the University Honors Program has academically challenged me here at NIU. Although most classes are already challenging, taking the honors equivalent course or making one an honors course through a contract has allowed me to personally interact with my professors.
I feel as though I have really matured since my freshman year. It may be that we have so many responsibilities being on our own. I’ve had to learn how to manage my time and money well.
I have taken advantage of all the academic resources at NIU possible. Everything from the library, writing center, grant tutoring, mentoring programs, legal services, lectures, and career services. I cannot think of any other time in my life where I will be able to get so much help for free.
Being part of Omega Delta and the Greek community has really helped me find my fit at NIU. A fraternity such as Omega Delta has allowed me to have a family away from home. I have made long life friends and met people I can always count on. Omega Delta really captures a lot of the attributes I seek, including professionalism, brotherhood, and promoting multiculturalism.
Last summer I had a paid internship at a non-profit organization in Chicago called National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC). I gained a lot of valuable experience from the organization. I was able to develop leadership, networking, and research skills. I was really interested in their mission and issues they were working on.
My most rewarding experience was when I went to Toledo, Spain through the NIU study abroad program. It was an amazing experience and I met a lot of cool people. I was able to take two courses in the morning and roam the city the rest of the time. One weekend I went to Portugal and another I went to Italy.
I plan to immediately go into either NIU’s MPA program or a graduate or PhD. program in Public Policy. I ultimately want to work with non-profit organizations and help the Latino community in any way possible.
Major: Political Science
Graduation Date: 2011
High School: Lane Technical
Job: Teacher Assistant, Literacy Education
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