Student of the Semester: Fall 2011

PhillipsAlandis Phillips

Major: Sociology

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2012

What is your major and why did you choose it? My major is sociology, I chose this major because have always been interested how can help change society for the better. I am fascinated by the various cultures and subcultures of our society and how they function. I also plan to use my Sociology Degree to pursue my Masters in Adult and Higher Education.

What activities or organization are you currently involved in? I am currently the President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Epsilon Phi Chapter. I am also a Peer Mentor for TRIO and S-Plan.

Please list some of the awards and achievements that you have been recognized for? I was the Community Advisor of the Grant Towers Staff Year in 2009, and I was named the Up and coming Leader of the year by S.I.S.T.E.R.S. organization in 2010.

Why did you choose to come to NIU? I chose to come to NIU because even when I was in high school, I would attend Mentoring Programs such as Junior Achievement and Student Support Services. This opened my eyes to how great the Huskie Community was and afterwards my mind was made up.

Please tell us your favorite thing about NIU? My favorite thing about NIU is its diversity. I have been privileged to meet and network with so many great individuals, who stem from different cultures and ethnicities.

How do you define success? Success to me is defined by self-happiness and the positive influences that you leave on the lives of others.

Can you think of an NIU Staff member who has helped you in your success at NIU and why? I would like recognize Mrs. Melissa Folowell- Vargas for her always being a positive role-model and for being a helping hand in all of my endeavors as a student leader here at NIU.

To what do you attribute your success as a student? Mentorship and determination have been vital to my success as a studentattribute my work hard, school comes first attitude to my success as a student.