Territory: McHenry County, Winnebago County, Iowa and Wisconsin
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Alma Mater: Northern Illinois University
Major/Degree: B.A., Communication with Media Emphasis, and Women’s Studies
What advice do you have for future students? Become involved on campus. There are resource centers and support services that allow students to find their identities. Join a student organization or become involved with group activities through the academic departments. You develop networking skills and meet people from different backgrounds with similar interests. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone— that is where a lot of learning happens and you build relationships with the community.
What are 3 things you love about NIU? NIU offers a great deal of support that comes not only from faculty, but staff members in different departments as well. If a professor or department support staff does not know the answer, they always make an effort to point the student in the correct direction.
There are also the diverse resource centers to find mentors and cultural programs. This is nice when you’re feeling homesick. You get to experience different foods and dances along with historical celebrations through the resource centers. You can also experience art and music through the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
For those looking for area adventures, there are the downtown areas of Dekalb and Sycamore. These areas have their own festivities, such as Corn Fest and Pumpkin Fest in the fall. You’re never really bored on campus; you just need to find the programs that interest you.
What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place is the east side of campus, where you can see the older buildings and the lagoon. It’s a nice place to reflect with a quiet atmosphere for students studying or employees reading during their breaks. You also get the view of Altgeld Hall and the Art buildings along with the Lagoon and natural wildlife.