Drew Donnally

Drew Donnally

#PeopleofNIU Photo by Danielle Guerra//Institutional Communications

Hometown: Plainfield, IL

Year: Senior

Major: Chemistry major and Marketing minor

Why did you choose NIU?
I always knew I wanted to play soccer at the highest level in college, Division 1, and it’s incredibly competitive. I knew I wanted to stay in the Chicagoland area and close to home. I’m really close with my family. The opportunity came up at NIU and I knew I couldn’t turn it down. I was really interested in the science programs here. When I had my visit, I fell in love with the campus, loved the team and wanted to be a part of it.

Why are you studying chemistry?
I’ve always been incredibly interested in how the world works. Taking the peeling the onion approach, always digging a little deeper and trying to learn more. Looking forward, working at my dream job would be working somewhere in an innovative environment. Building new products that help people or building a better future. I went into chemistry because I was very interested in the pharmaceutical industry, doing drug discovery and helping to solve complex diseases. I chose chemistry because I can combine helping people with being technical and helping make the world a better place.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at NIU?
Looking outside of what I’ve studied in school and what I’ve done in soccer. I’ve learned no matter where you are, people are the greatest asset to any team. Having the ability to learn and network with people has to be one of the most important things I’ve learned. No matter what I do in life, I think having that skill and learning how to connect with people will help me the rest of my life.  

Why should other students choose NIU?
I think what NIU offers over other schools is that you don’t have to wait to be able to do research. You have the opportunity from the start to get involved and form great relationships with professors and other students that way. You can choose your own path. The opportunities are really endless at NIU.


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