Jordyn Crosby is physical education major from Calumet City, IL
Hometown: Calumet City, IL
Year: Anticipated graduation year: 2022
Major: Physical Education
What scholarships did you receive and why did you receive them? How has the financial support impacted your experience at NIU?
I received the Lou Jean Moyer Scholarship for being a physical education major and obtaining above a 3.0 GPA. This award has assisted with books and tuition.
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 a child, I knew that I wanted to teach. I just didn't know what I wanted to teach. As I got older and explored my options I knew that I wanted to be a physical education teacher.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
I am a physical education major with a health education minor. I chose this course of study because I love being physically active. I also think that it will be a great experience to be able to teach children about being physically active and how to stay healthy.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
One thing I can say about NIU is that every staff member is willing to help no matter the circumstances.
How have you connected with other students at NIU?
Yes, I have connected with many students. I was recently a peer educator and I was a mentor. I believe having connections with people is a huge part of college.
Are you involved in any student organizations or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
Yes, I am a part of the S.I.S.T.E.R.S. Organization here on campus; I am also a part of Black Student Union the Cultural Awareness Committee. These two student organizations have helped me better myself. They have also made me realize my passion for helping the community.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
My favorite instructors would have to be Rosalind Bowers (ENGL 102-103) and James Ressler (KNPE 235). Ms. Bowers is so helpful and she is always there if you need her. I love her teaching style; she made my love grow for English. Dr. Ressler is always encouraging students and has a positive attitude. He is always willing to help in any way he possibly can.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
My favorite spot on campus would have to be the East Lagoon because of the scenery. I always walk the path with friends or by myself; it brings me peace.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
My advice to students who are applying to colleges would be to take advantage of your college's resources. Get involved on campus and stay focused.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
Coming to college, I had to learn how to study differently. Studying in high school is way different from studying in college because there is way more information that you have to retain.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
One thing that I do to relax is take nature walks. I love taking walks it helps clear my head and it helps to get a different scenery.