Arlene Elias

Arlene Elias

#PeopleofNIU Photo by Institutional Communications

Hometown: Woodstock, IL

Year: Expected graduation: May 2021

Major: Rehabilitation and Disability Services

Are you attending NIU on any scholarships?
Yes, the Centennial scholarship and a Department of Children and Family Services scholarship.

How did you learn about NIU, and why did you choose to attend? 
I received a pamphlet in the mail from NIU highlighting their fall Open House. I attended the event, applied as an undergrad the very same day, and bought my very first NIU t-shirt. I remember leaving with so much pride and excitement. I made my first pick and confirmed my admission minutes after being accepted.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I volunteer through my service sorority Sigma Lambda Sigma, study at the library, go to the movies, or just hang out with my friends. I also really enjoy attending the football games, seeing the marching band perform, and just witnessing the pure pride displayed by my fellow Huskies.

What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
My professional skills have grown tremendously as a Summer Orientation Leader in the Office of Orientation and Family Connections.

What is up next for you after your time at NIU?
Once I obtain my B.S in Rehabilitation and Disability Services — and complete the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling program here at NIU — I plan to then work in a private sector for workers compensation or work for an assistive technology center for veterans.

Would you recommend NIU to others and why?
Yes, I would highly recommend NIU to others because it is cost effective, location is good for those who prefer a smaller town compared to a large city, we offer a large range of academic programs, and diversity is valued here.

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