2014 Student Orientation Team
Student Orientation Coordinators
Coming to NIU has been an amazing experience for me. When I arrived on campus, I felt like I was immediately welcomed into the community and felt like there were a lot of people around to help me. NIU is the reason I found my passion and all of the opportunities that are on campus help me every day to become both a better student and a well-rounded individual.
Without the support of NIU I would have never found my true passion in life. The lifelong connections and friendships I have made with my peers and classmates, as well as professional staff, has made a lasting impression on me. NIU has laid out a strong foundation for me that allows me to be confident about my future and grateful to be a Huskie. This Huskie spirit will be with me forever.
Favorite spot on campus/DeKalb community: The College Grind coffee shop because I love to drink coffee in the morning, and it's a great place to read a book in-between classes.
Best memory at NIU: My best memory on campus was the first weekend at NIU, Welcome Weekend. It was so fun getting to meet new people and participate in all the events!
One thing you have learned since attending NIU: Every day has potential. Whether you use that potential to get caught up on your favorite TV show (after class of course) or by attending your professor's office hours to better your understanding of a concept you never wake up without the ability to do something great that day.
One piece of advice for new incoming students: Be yourself! This is the time when you truly start realizing WHY you make the choices that you do, become much more confident in yourself, and make friends. Be true to you, no matter how old or young, every day is a new beginning!
Favorite spot on campus/DeKalb community: Either Hobby Lobby or Michaels--I love to craft and both stores are where I get my supplies. Plus, my friends always join me and that makes it a lot more fun.
One thing you have learned since attending NIU: Asking for help does not mean you are weak or that you failed; it just shows that that you value your success more than your pride.
One piece of advice for new incoming students: My advice to income students is to network!! It doesn’t hurt to know people around campus. I'm talking from President Baker, all the way down to the geese, (you want to stay on their good side) and the best way to do it is to get involved.
One thing you have learned since attending NIU: Throughout my years at NIU so far, I've really learned to be myself. I've realized that if people can't handle your natural awesomeness, they aren't worth your time. So when in doubt, be yourself! Unless you can be Captain America, then always be Captain America.
Best memory at NIU: My best memory at NIU would have to be Welcome Days. It was a great way to get to know my roommates better before classes started and introduced me to some of the resource centers and organizations.
One thing you have learned since attending NIU: There are more than 300 organizations offered through NIU. Therefore, there is always something to satisfy your interests. If there isn't an organization offered that you wish was offered to the students, then any student can develop a new organization that suffices for this interest. 300 and still growing!