Elizabeth Acosta is a sociology major from Rockford, IL
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Year: Anticipated graduation year: 2024
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
As I was growing up, I wanted to become a lawyer. I am still pursuing this major but have taken a step toward becoming a judge, also.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
My major is sociology. It falls under the category of law, which I plan on pursuing.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
How everybody is involved with clubs and the teachers are willing to help the incoming freshmen.
How have you connected with other students at NIU?
Since I have online classes, we all met over Zoom. Now, we have a group chat where we all help each other with homework.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
That's hard because I love all my teachers so far. I would say, though, my English instructor, Joseph Mysliwiec. The course is easy, yet you're still able to learn a lot. He understands the students' struggle of being online and having their own lives outside of school. As long as the homework is done and you participate, he doesn't ask for anything more.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
I haven't visited the place yet, but when I do, I plan on seeing how big the field for sports really is.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Be sure to fill out your FAFSA and apply for other scholarships. Also, do a little research on your teacher and the syllabus before attending your first day.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
How to read outside of the classroom environment and not having teachers remind me about homework every day. They tell you once and then move on; it's called responsibility.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
Go shopping, hang out with my friends or sleep.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your NIU Huskie story?
Remember to have fun and make friends. Also, don't be shy, because most of the students there are most likely on the same page as you. Don't be shy to ask questions, too. Teachers are there to help you, not judge you.