About Us

Kelly Smith

Director
First- and Second-Year Experience
kellysmith@niu.edu 
Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers


Education: B.A. in sociology and minor in criminal justice, University of Wisconsin Madison; M.S.Ed in community counseling and student affairs and college counseling, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh;, Ph.D. counselor education and supervision (ABD), Northern Illinois University

Hometown: Waterford, Wisconsin

Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, learning, being outside, raising animals, running and playing music

Advice for first- and second-year students: Spend time thinking about who you are and who you want to be. Try things you’d never thought you'd try before. It’s ok not to know your exact path, no matter how or when you decide to come to NIU, so ask questions! NIU is a big university with a small feel. We want you to reach your goals. There are an enormous amount of opportunities here, and if you take advantage, they can help shape your life.