Hometown: Mendota, Illinois
Degree: Bachelor's degree in Anthropology
Originally from Mexico, Edith Covarrubias first visited NIU as part of a high school field trip for immigrant students.
"I just remember pulling up in the bus and being like, 'This is where I'm going to be one day,'" she said. "Unfortunately, it took me a bit longer than most people because I had to work quite a bit. I had three jobs at one point to save money. It took me a little bit, but this was the only place I applied because I knew I was coming here."
Covarrubias came to the United States at age 10. She chose Anthropology because she said her interests were "people and the past and just every single field anthropology has to give."
She already has a job lined up with a consulting firm in Schaumburg, and the experience of what it takes to earn a degree despite challenges.
"Don’t ever put a limit for yourself because if you do that you're limiting what you're going to do," she said.
"The minute I told myself 'It's too hard; I can't do it because I don't have help,' then that’s when I set the limit for myself. No one was doing it, but I was. The minute I was like, 'No, I'm doing it,' was when I started seeing things happen. It was hard, but I was still doing them."