Year in School: Junior
Hometown: Tinley Park, IL
If you are reading this, congratulations on your decision to attend NIU! You made one right choice in choosing NIU, and now it is up to you to make a second: to be successful. Success is not easily defined, as it can be as subjective as happiness. Only you can say what success is. That being said, attending NIU will put you into a position to become successful, however it is defined.
Whether success for you is becoming involved, getting a 4.0, passing your classes or being set up for a better future all starts from the same place: your demeanor. If you want to be successful, it will likely have to come from intrinsic motivation. If I was able to motivate everyone, I would in a heartbeat. Most motivation, however, comes from within you. The bottom line is if you want to be successful, it takes dedication, but you will be.
I started my college experience by getting very involved on campus. After tearing my ACL and meniscus halfway through my first semester, however, I had to shift my priorities from school and involvement to also include working through the pain and incredible inconveniences that my knee injury caused me. I was able to work through it all from the support of friends, professors and the NIU community as a whole.
The NIU experience is much more than going to class and graduating.
For me, success is taking advantage of everything that NIU has to offer and enjoy myself while doing it. This could range from research, to study abroad, to campus involvement, to jobs and internships and also making sure to attend every football game I can. This is my definition, and I love it.