Evan Brostoff is a political science major from Streamwood, IL
Hometown: Streamwood, IL
Year: Expected graduation: 2023
Major: Political Science
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
Growing up, I wanted to be a firefighter. I first went to Harper College, where I earned a degree in fire science technology. After that, I decided to transfer to Northern Illinois University to earn a degree in political science with an emphasis in public administration and service, which will allow me to better understand how the fire service works within a city or town.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
My major is political science with an emphasis in public administration and service. I chose this major because it will help me advance my firefighting career and give me tools to work in management in the fire department.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
I really enjoy the environment. Everyone I’ve met is very helpful and inviting. As a transfer student, this has made my first year here easier.
How have you connected with other students virtually to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
I am lucky that my childhood best friend goes here, so he has given me advice and introduced me to new people. In addition, I have been meeting with my study groups online to work on our classwork.
Are you involved in any student organizations, mentoring programs or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
I joined the lacrosse team. The people on the team are amazing, and they make sure we have practice and activities that are COVID-safe, and that strengthens our team.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
My favorite teacher so far has been Dr. Wooten. He taught my History of Rock and Roll class. He was able to help each person contribute, and he made the class extremely fun.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
My favorite spot on campus is right in front of Altgeld Hall. The building is fascinating, and the area feels very serene.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
I would tell a student applying to college to set their sights on a college, know what the requirements are and work to get those requirements met. Visit the school and see if it feels like a place you want to be. I visited NIU and I liked it immediately; it was exciting and everyone was friendly. Find your place at the right school.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
When I got to college, I had to learn how to work at a faster pace and with more work than ever before. Once I figured out how to get organized and started scheduling out each week, I got a handle on my schoolwork.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
To relax or recharge, I play lacrosse, hang out with my friends (as the recommendations allow) and hang out with my family to watch movies or play games.