Iris Espinoza

Iris Espinoza

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Hometown: Mendota, IL

Major: Communicative Disorders

Are you attending NIU on any scholarships?
Yes, an NIU Merit Scholarship, and I was awarded the NIU Foundation Impact Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year.

What is your major, and why did you choose your field of study?
I am pursuing a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Special Education. I chose this field of study because I believe that speech pathology is a great mix between education and health sciences.

How did you learn about NIU, and why did you choose to attend?
I learned about NIU from my godmother because she was a graduate from NIU. It wasn't too far from home so that I could visit my family whenever I wanted, but just far enough for me to be independent. While in high school, I took courses through Illinois Valley Community College, and I am now able to graduate from NIU in three years instead of four.

Do you have any favorite activities or events at NIU? 
In my spare time, I play volleyball and tennis at the recreation center. When I'm not working at Neptune's dining hall, I make an attempt to go to COMDSA and OHANA, which are student organizations on campus, and I am an active member in De Mujer a Mujer, which is a Latina leadership group.

Some of my favorite events have been held by the residence halls on campus led by community advisors like Paint Night. The best thing at NIU is when Mission or the therapy dogs come by.

What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
Networking isn't as hard as people think it is. NIU is a decently sized campus, but making connections with other people is not difficult at all. I learned that professors are approachable and so are the department heads.

What is up next for you?
I am hoping to go to graduate school at NIU.

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