Virginia Hudson is a political science major from Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Year: Expected graduation: December 2021
Major: Political science
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
Growing up, I wanted to become a pediatrician. Since I've entered college, my path has changed drastically. I am not pursuing this as my major anymore.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
My major is political science with an emphasis in politics and governance. I am also in process to receive a certificate in criminology.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
One thing that I have found pleasantly surprising about my experience at NIU is the sense of community. I say this because I came from a school that was mainly African American to a predominantly white institution.
How have you connected with other students virtually to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
Yes, I have connected with students to study for classes. I always find a classmate in every class that I take. I have made long-lasting friendships.
Are you involved in any student organizations, mentoring programs or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie?
I am involved in E.B.O.N.Y Women and Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. These two extracurricular activities have advanced my knowledge, and I gained more confidence in myself. I know once I put my mind to it, it can get done!
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
Passion Williamson-Bandele has been my favorite instructor. I took one of her Black studies courses and I absolutely enjoyed it. I learned so much in her class. Highly recommended teacher!
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
My favorite spot on campus is the lagoon. I am drawn to it because it is extremely peaceful in the summer and spring.
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
Advice that I would give an incoming student is always go with your first mind and do tons of research before deciding which college you want to attend, and make sure that particular college has all the resources you need.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
Something that I learned to do differently when entering college is to manage my time. I also learned the importance of networking. It is not about what you know, but who you know.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
I meditate and light candles when it is time for me to relax. When it is time for me to recharge, I take a vitamin and go to bed.