Lexie Williams: A Well-Rounded Fellow

What brought you to NIU? At first, NIU was my last choice for a college. However, once I started narrowing down my options, it moved to the top for various reasons: the Honors Program, New Hall (who doesn’t want a private bedroom and semi-private bathroom?!), and pre-admission to the nursing program. The biggest reason was…

Everything Happens for a Reason

This is a quote that I am sure most of us have heard, and many of us (including myself) live by its ideology. I am a firm believer in this quote, but until recently I had never thought about how many events in my life led to positive outcomes that would not have otherwise happened….

Wataru Hashimoto: The Globetrotter

What brought you to NIU? I used to live in Buffalo Grove and attend Stevenson High School. Since so many people in SHS apply to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I was looking for a college that many people were not applying to. Then I found NIU, which was close to my father’s work place and…

Joel Stafstrom: Commander in Chief

What brought you to NIU? Way back in 1990, I was offered a job as an assistant professor of Biological Sciences.  I had spent my life up to that time living in New England and Colorado – places with mountains, hills and trees.  Despite a few initial misgivings about living in the heartland, I have…

Marcy Brown: A Letter from the Secretary

   What brought you to NIU? I needed a job and applied at NIU hoping to get my foot in the door.. and here I am. How’s it feel to be the face of the Honors office? I really enjoy being the first person you see in the Honors Program.  I really enjoy getting to…

A Capitol Summer

 When I reflect back on my summer this year, it still seems so unreal. To think that I walked the same halls as our nation’s leaders is exciting yet intimidating at the same time. After spending ten weeks interning for Congresswoman Robin Kelly in Washington D.C., I realized that my internship helped me grow both…

Switching Gears with ZF Services

There are essentially two (or three) reasons that people go t o college: They want to expand their mind and explore the edge of knowledge. They are determined to follow a specific career path and become “successful.” They are forced by their parents to decide between going to school or being kicked out of the…