It has been a long journey since I arrived at Northern Illinois University given various struggles that I have faced as a Latina student. However, I am developing to be a competent student from all the experiences and involvement I have encountered at the NIU. I am an elementary education major with a minor in psychology.
Since my freshmen year, the College of Education helped me become involved in my community by becoming a volunteer at an elementary school, where I developed my passion for education, and skills that are much needed for my future. I volunteered all my freshmen year at Little John Elementary School, where I helped a bilingual first grade teacher, and I particularly helped student that were struggling with reading comprehension. Throughout the year I learned the importance of becoming a teacher and it created an excitement within me to become a great future educator.
I have also been an intern at the Latino Resource Center (LRC) where I indirectly help increase the amount of Latino student enrolling at NIU. I analyze data from campus site visit surveys and provide the information to admissions and tour guides. Based on this information, admissions and the LRC know what aspects of the campus site visit they need to improve in order to better prospective student’s first visit at NIU.
At the end of my freshmen year I developed countless skills that average freshmen would not have experienced if it were not for my determination to be involved in extracurricular activities. Thus, I have continued my involvement as Junior by being part of Huskie Research Rookies, and Northern Lights Ambassador, and as assessment intern at the LRC.
All the skills I developed from these programs directly affected my academic development, by maintain an excellent G.P.A. The discipline I learned from my involvement transferred to my educational experiences. Thus, NIU has transformed me into a student that has set goals and career aspirations regardless of barriers I have encountered.