Cassandra Mohr

Cassandra Mohr

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Hometown: Roscoe, IL

Major: Mathematics and Spanish Language and Literature

Minor: Computer Science

Are you attending NIU on any scholarships? Which one(s)?
Yes, the NIU Presidential Scholarship.

What is your major, and why did you choose your field of study?
I’m double majoring in general mathematics and Spanish language and literature. I always loved math, and I fell in love with both literature and the Spanish language in high school. Rather than give one up, I combined all three passions into a very unconventional set of majors.

How did you learn about NIU, and why did you choose to attend?
One of my friends was the one who was originally interested in NIU, and I just went along with her on a tour. After seeing NIU and learning more about it, however, I fell in love with it. It just clicked as the perfect fit for me.

Are you involved in any activities at NIU? What else do you do for fun/hobbies in your spare time?
I’m currently the secretary for the NIU Math Club, but I’ve also been involved with Spanish Club and the Quiz Bowl Association in the past. In my spare time, I love reading and knitting, although I’m not the best knitter.

What has been your favorite event at NIU, and why?
It’s so hard to pick just one. As a member of Honors House, I’ve really loved all the different events we get to do—from visiting the Jonomac Haunted Corn Maze to spending the day at Six Flags. They’re really the perfect opportunity to get to know other like-minded students and hang out with friends.

What has your experience inside the classroom been like at NIU?
It’s been incredibly positive. All of my teachers have been very helpful and definitely go the extra mile to ensure students are doing well both inside and outside of the classroom. I also love the variety of classes offered to students. There’s always something interesting being offered, from seminars on “Game of Thrones” to classes on torture.

What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
I studied abroad in Argentina over the summer, and I can honestly say that experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. No matter what direction my career path takes me, the lessons I learned in Argentina —from an increased cultural awareness to an overall improvement in my Spanish communication skills—are ones that will help me be more successful. It really served as an incredible culminating experience in my education.

Would you recommend NIU to others and why? What’s a general piece of advice you’d give to someone starting college?
Absolutely! NIU has such an incredible variety of majors and minors to choose from. Everyone is sure to find something that fits their passions and interests. For anyone starting college and living in the dorms, I would stress the importance of having a good umbrella. I learned the hard way it’s an absolute necessity.

What is up next for you after your time at NIU? Any career aspirations you would like to share?
I’m going to continue my math studies at the graduate level. Although I’m not 100 percent sure yet, I’m leaning toward a future in academia.

Any family or other loved ones you would like to mention?
My parents for encouraging me and always seeing my potential and my little sister for tolerating me—hi, Ellie!

What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To not let fear hold you back from reaching your true potential and testing your limits. There have been so many times where I doubted myself and was afraid to experience new things, but, lucky for me, I’ve had some incredible people in my life who’ve pushed me to break through my fears and truly enjoy new experiences.

Cassandra Mohr, a May 2019 graduate, was a 2018 Lincoln Laureate nominee.

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