Ariel Levitt is a Medical Laboratory Sciences major from Crystal Lake, IL
Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Year: Expected graduation: May 2020
Major: Medical Laboratory Sciences
Are you attending NIU on any scholarships?
Yes, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago JVS Scholarship.
Why did you choose your field of study?
I spent the last several years working in the brewing industry as a quality assurance technician and, while that was definitely a fun and interesting job, I really wanted to use my skills to help people. That's when I found medical lab science. Believe it or not, many of the techniques I used at the brewery to test beer are also used in a medical lab. I chose this field because it’s very hands-on and I truly feel like I am playing a major role in diagnosing patients and monitoring their treatment.
How did you learn about NIU, and why did you choose to attend?
I am actually an alumnus. I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. A few of my family members graduated from NIU so the university has always been on my radar.
Do you have any favorite activities or events at NIU?
Two of my favorite activities are the Outdoor Adventures trips and Ellington's Restaurant. If you have not made it over to eat at Ellington's in the student center, I highly recommend it. In my spare time, I love to cook, trail run and see live music.
What has your experience inside the classroom been like at NIU?
My program is unique in that we have a group of about 20 students all taking the same classes together. It's nice because we get to know each other really well and can help each other out when things get stressful.
What is up next for you after your time at NIU?
After I graduate, I plan on taking (and passing) my board exam and then taking a vacation somewhere in the mountains. I would like to get a job in a hospital lab and work for a few years, then possibly go to graduate school.
What’s a general piece of advice you’d give to someone starting college?
Learn how to manage your time now because it will help you throughout school and in your career. Also, get involved in things on campus.