Scholarship Recipient: Jack Beutler
Hometown: Carol Stream, Illinois
Transferred From: College of DuPage
What does having a Northern Pact mean to you?
There's a lot of things that I didn't know, even after graduating high school, I didn't know how to use a comma. There's a pretty quick transition from high school to college, and in high school things are a certain way by the culture of the high school and how they treat people. How things are done so there's this big switch over, and it's a really big culture shock, so having something like that and prioritizing it, making the Northern Pact a priority, and making sure people know it and acknowledge it both helps people transition along, and also resets priorities, so it allows people to get on the level of that transition from high school to college to real life. Making that a priority is pretty big to being happy and enjoying yourself.
Which Northern Pact Principal do you relate to the most?
Celebrative, one of the last things Christopher McCandless wrote was, 'True happiness is shared.' I didn't necessarily believe that for a long time, but the connection and enjoyment you get from other people is so important in life. When everything else is stripped away, that's one of the few things that actually sticks around that is enjoyable and celebrated. Interacting is a cause to celebrate.
How has transferring to NIU impacted you?
The transition was really easy. NIU was really helpful. They provided a great orientation and a lot of different resources that I used to get where I want to be now.
What advice do you have for future transfer students?
Stay positive and enthusiastic. When I was younger, I was very negative during my first go-around at college and was not very open to things. So stay positive and be willing to try things that would allow you to really experience NIU to the fullest. Get involved in everything because it will all help you land the job you want after graduation.
What do you like most about NIU?
The professors. I really like listening to them talk about their research. The degree of expertise they have in the anthropology department is really cool and they're always open to meeting with you one-on-one.
Why should other students choose NIU?
It's got a lot of great stuff to offer. It's relatively close to Chicago, so it's easy to commute if you want. Campus is great, too. There are a lot of cool events.
Apply online for the 2018-19 Northern Pact scholarship.