Keelyn Sarmiento is a transfer philosophy major from Rochelle, IL
Hometown: Rochelle, IL
Year: Expected graduation: 2023
Transfer from: North Central College
What scholarships did you receive and why did you receive them? How has the financial support impacted your experience at NIU?
I received a transfer scholarship and some grants from the school. I received them due to my high grades and always trying my best in school. This financial support has gotten me to where I am right now. It funds my education and relieves stress from financial needs, which helps tremendously.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path?
When I was growing up, I wanted to be a lawyer. I still do today, and I am pursuing that as my major, but I hope to surpass being a lawyer and become a judge.
What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study?
My major is philosophy and my minor is psychology. I decided on this course of study because I felt it would prepare me to become an efficient lawyer.
What has been something you have found pleasantly surprising about your experience at NIU?
All of the resources available to students. Even though all of my classes are online, all these resources are provided through the staff, emails and classmates to reach out and be involved as much as I can.
How have you connected with other students virtually to study for classes, meet new people or form new friendships?
I have connected to people through individual classes. I am able to form virtual study groups and prepare for my classes. Although classes for me are now virtual, I have still connected with friends.
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 in the University Honors Program, which is challenging and makes us be the best we can be, both in and out of school.
Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course did they teach?
One of my favorite instructors has been my psychology teacher, Professor Phil Krasula. He has taught me more than I ever knew. He is understanding and knows how hard his students work.
Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it?
When I visited campus, I was drawn immediately to the NIU library. I find it inviting and comfortable. I like the mood it gives off as I try to study or read. Definitely a must-visit!
What advice would you give to a student who is applying to colleges?
I have a younger brother who will be in college soon enough, so this advice is very important for me: to always prioritize time management. If you remain on top of your schoolwork and do a little each day, it will not be as cluttering and stressful as it seems.
Coming to college, what is something that you have had to learn to do differently?
I have definitely learned how to reach out to teachers and professors. They are always understanding and there to further our education.
What do you do to relax or recharge?
For relaxing, I enjoy reading, hanging with fellow classmates, online shopping and, lately, going to the gym more often - a new goal for me. All of these help release stress and prepare me for the next day of classes and schoolwork.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your NIU Huskie story?
It’s a pleasure to go to such an amazing, inclusive school. NIU is helping me get on track for my career and preparing me for society, as well.