Every day, I try to make NIU a better place for not only other students, but also for the University as a whole. Recently, I have been doing events for the College of Business, such as volunteering at open houses, helping to decide in the curriculum, giving tours, and aiding whomever I can in improving the college. As an NLA, I act as a liaison between prospective students, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the college. I have been given quite a bit, so I do as much as I can to give back to the college and University that has given me so much.
I attend as many sporting events as I can make. This year, I have attended football, volleyball, and soccer games, as well as participating in several intramurals. It is my goal by the end of the year to attend 1 game/match for each sport that NIU offers. Not only are sporting events a great way to build Huskie Pride, but they are also a lot of fun; students have to remember to have fun during their time in college.
NIU has many strengths that can and are being capitalized on. Aside from the great geographical location, NIU has a considerable and active alumni base that live mainly in the Chicagoland area. This alumni base is one of the keys to NIU’s students success. The focus on student career success, one of President Baker’s main goals, is another huge strength. Many of my friends at other universities will not have had an internship when they graduate; I have been fortunate enough to have had 3.
A few challenges that NIU will face in the coming years are the same ones it has always faced: rising cost of tuition, limited state funding, student retention, etc… However, NIU is doing quite a bit to combat these challenges and face them head on. NIU faces many of the same challenges as every other higher educational institution. The whole system will continually evolve, and society will be the benefactor.
That’s all for now!