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Student Testimonials

Here's what students have to say about the Academic Advising Center!

Rico BerriosRico Berrios

Freshman
Hometown: Plainfield, Ill.

How has the Academic Advising Center helped you achieve your academic, career and personal goals at NIU?

The AAC has helped me tremendously with my goals because they’ve listened to what I had to say and then gave feedback that they knew would help me due to previous experiences with other students.

What advice would you have for undecided students?

Some advice I’d give to undecided students is not to freak out or feel embarrassed about not having a chosen major because most of the students you see during orientation are going to change their majors anyway so you’re just ahead of the curve.

Kentrice FrisonKentrice Frison

Freshman
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

How has the Academic Advising Center helped you achieve your academic, career and personal goals at NIU?

The Academic Advising Center has helped me achieve my goals at NIU by guiding and advising me. As a first-year college student, things seemed difficult. While having so many advisors around to help me, things went by with ease.

What advice would you have for undecided students?

The advice I have for undecided students, is that it is okay to be undecided. Never feel that you are confused or lost with what you want to do in life. Being undecided means that you are able to explore different majors. Exploring is actually one of the best things to do as a student.

Desiray KeiganDesiray Keigan

Sophomore
Hometown: Joliet, Ill.

How has the Academic Advising Center helped you achieve your academic, career and personal goals at NIU?

When I first started at NIU, I was so sure I wanted to maintain my major in meteorology, until I found out the classwork just wasn’t for me. I reached out to an advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to change my major, but I was unsure of what I wanted to do, so they guided me here. The staff members at the Academic Advising Center reassured me that it was okay to have the title “undecided major” on my MyNIU account. It wasn’t just a label. My advisors aided me in exploring different paths to take in my decision of a major as well as my transition from freshmen to sophomore year a breeze.

What advice would you have for undecided students?

First of all, don’t let the idea of you being an undecided major get you down. The staff at the Academic Advising Center are extremely helpful and are here to guide you in your decision making. Second, get involved! The more you’re involved in campus activities the closer I’m sure you’ll be to not only making life-long friends, but following your dreams in the major you so choose! Go Huskies!

Kaitlyn Kempa Kaitlyn Kempa

Senior
Hometown: Springfield, Mo.

How has the Academic Advising Center helped you achieve your academic, career and personal goals at NIU?

The AAC has helped me by being extremely supportive of my decision to start at NIU as an undecided student. They were helpful and open-minded in the process of choosing my academic path. As a transfer student, it is good to start with a solid foundation of support and this was the right place to get that. I was hesitant coming into NIU as an undecided student my junior year, but spending time at the AAC, reassured myself that I made the correct decision.

What advice would you have for undecided students?

Don’t be afraid to come to college as an undecided student. This gives you the opportunity to try out a bunch of different things to see what interests you! No one is going to judge you for not knowing right away what you want to do after college.

Kacey SpisakKacey Spisak

Freshman
Hometown: Joliet, Ill.

How has the Academic Advising Center helped you achieve your academic, career and personal goals at NIU?

Coming in as undecided, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. After talking to a couple of the advisors, I learned that it was okay to be undecided, and they helped me choose my major. Talking with my advisor and her opinion on the classes I should take really helped me. She made sure I didn’t have too many hard classes but enough to give me a challenge.

What advice would you have for undecided students?

I think everyone should come in as an undecided major. People change their major multiple times throughout college and have to start over. As an undecided major, you can choose classes that you want to take, whether they’re related to your major or not. It’s nice to explore different majors by the classes you are taking. But overall I think being an undecided major helped me choose the major I am now.