Ian Pearson is a Political Science, Nonprofit and NGO Studies double major from Rockford, IL
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Year: Expected graduation: May 2020
Are you attending NIU on any scholarships?
Yes, the Kevin D. Knight Institutional Tuition Waiver, John G. and Barbara C. Peters Student Endowment for Public Service and the Alumni Association Merit Scholarship.
How did you learn about NIU, and why did you choose to attend?
I grew up knowing about NIU and being a Huskie. Two of my older siblings attended Northern so NIU was high on the list. I chose to come to Northern because of the amazing faculty members and extracurricular opportunities I learned about at one of the open houses.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I love attending Huskie football games. One of my favorite memories during my time as a student was going to Detroit for last year's MAC Championship. Sitting front row at Ford Field and watching the Huskies battle back to a comeback victory was nothing short of amazing! On campus, I have deeply enjoyed my time as a member of Model Illinois Government, debating political issues week in and week out and traveling down to Springfield to competitively simulate state government.
What do you like about campus and the DeKalb area?
It has been a delight to see the Holmes Student Center renovation come to fruition. Moving into Student Association leadership enabled me to take an active role in helping plan and develop the student space.
What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
My time serving as intern for NIU's Office of Federal Relations is something that I am excited to carry forward into a career. It's one thing to study political science and learn theoretically how policy is made, it's another thing to see it in action.
What is up next for you after your time at NIU?
I plan to pursue a master’s in public policy, focusing on policy analysis across sectors. I am hoping to land in either government or an advocacy nonprofit, working on education, housing or criminal justice policy.
Would you recommend NIU to others and why?
I would definitely recommend NIU because of its ability to help first-generation students like myself navigate higher education. We have amazing faculty and innumerable extracurricular experiences all out there for the taking. One of the most fulfilling aspects of this campus is that if you're willing to put in the work you can find many rewarding experiences.