Degree earned: B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences, minors in psychology and military science; Certified Family Life Educator.
Hometown/High School: Rockton, Illinois, Hononegah High School
If you transferred to NIU, where did you transfer from:
I joined the National Guard after high school, then came to NIU a year after that.
What’s next for you?
Graduate school. I got accepted to marriage and family therapy program at NIU.
What are some of your best memories of your time at NIU?
I was so heavily involved, it’s hard to pick! ROTC program for sure helped me with a lot of stuff; I grew personally and professionally. I was also an NIU tour guide and I know a lot about NIU. I enjoyed working in admissions and helping recruit people and working with my coworkers. The people and the support I felt that I had at NIU, helped me to e figure out what I wanted to do and prepared me for my future.
What is one piece of advice or something you learned that you know you’ll be leaning on as you start the next phase of your career or education?
Networking. Get acquainted with classmates and teachers, and really take advantage of resources NIU has to get you prepared. Lean on those people who are there to help you so you don’t feel alone.
How was your experience at NIU different than what you expected when you started?
When I started, I didn’t plan on ROTC and didn’t know much about it. I started ROTC my second semester my freshman year. Joining ROTC, I had a different college experience.
If you could thank someone (or more than one person) that you didn’t get a chance to thank before you left, who would it be, and what would you say? I was close to people and was able to thank them. But, I would reiterate my thanks to the ROTC and Cadre. Lt. Col. Karl Nilsen has been there the whole time and so much a mentor to me. Professor Scott Sibley really helped me. Jane Rose Njue was very helpful and supportive.
What is something you are looking forward to doing when you return to NIU?
Making new friends and getting acquainted with new things and new organizations. Taking advantage of resources and going to more social events when we are allowed. Going to sports events and tailgates—I want to get more team spirit.
What are some of the things you are most proud of from your time at NIU?
Everything I was involved in, from a research team, working part time jobs on and off campus, involvement in multiple organizations, and getting into the National and International Honor Societies. Also, learning how to grow personally and professionally and managing my life. I had a 3.8 GPA and I am proud I kept a high GPA with all the other extra curriculars.
If you could give some advice to the high school class of 2020 who will be starting at NIU in the fall, what would it be?
Get involved. Use resources. Have fun. Don’t overdo it, learn what is comfortable for you. Try something new. Take opportunities to grow and learn new things. You can always drop from your plate, but you can’t always go back and add.