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Mary Carter

Mary Carter

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Hometown: Peru, IL

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Why did you choose NIU?
I love the size of campus, it's big, but not too big. It's also close enough to home, so I can visit on the weekends or just for a day if I want. But it's also far enough away so I can have my own independence.

Where is your favorite spot on campus and why?
I like the lagoon. I have some great memories of when we used to run the lagoon for rugby. It’s just a nice place; you can walk around or use the fire pit – it's great.

What most excites you about your major?
The innovation. There are always exciting things happening in the medical field, whether it's new developments in techniques and research or improved technology. Being able to help people and to try and make healthcare more affordable are what excites me most. I'm also very interested in research. Stem cell research is very interesting and I would be , but I don’t know if that’s what I’m actually going to go to because I feel like I’m not quite on the right major track, but I always thought that was interesting.

What most surprised you about NIU?
The campus, getting around campus, just how big it actually was. During orientation this summer, I realized how big the campus was and how many different places there were around campus that I didn’t know were there.

Why should others choose NIU?
It’s a great school. It’s really diverse and it feels very inclusive. It’s like a home away from home. If you want to find a second family, come to NIU - everyone here is always so helpful. The people I’ve met are pretty awesome.

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