Amanda remembers how difficult it can be to navigate the college search process. She loves helping students — especially those among the first in their families to attend college like her — find a place where they can succeed.
"I try to remind my students that if you are passionate about the things that you are learning, you are more likely to do well. Don't be afraid of changing majors, because there are often many routes to get you to your goals."
As an undergraduate, Amanda found she struggled in her courses until switching majors her sophomore year. She has enjoyed being close to home in suburban Chicago, first as she pursued her master's in adult and higher education at NIU, and now as a Huskie staffer.
As assistant director of transfer admissions, Amanda tries to illustrate to students looking for a new academic home that they'll find one through NIU's numerous community service organizations, events, or academic projects and clubs.
"Look at all of your college options and know that you can reach out to us at any time," she says. "Working with community college transfer students it's important to make sure that you are making the most of your time there, so feel free to contact us to chat about which classes may be beneficial depending on your academic program."