North Central College - Naperville, IL

Tasha Hobbs

Veteran Student

Life can get pretty hectic for chemistry major Tasha Hobbs '14. Between classes, research, work and caring for her young son, there’s rarely, if ever, a moment of free time.

“It makes for a very busy life,” said Hobbs, who served in the U.S. Army for four years. “Sometimes, it’s hard to find balance between everything.”

It helps to have professors who are on her side. That’s always been the case at North Central College.

“Whenever I find myself struggling, I can talk to any of my professors and they help me by taking the time to listen and give advice when necessary. These are people who have succeeded in my field and are my role models,” she said. “The guidance they offer is much appreciated. They understand what their students go through because they’ve been there.”

Hobbs looked at a variety of colleges when she made the decision to return to school. North Central’s location and size made it a perfect fit. She was nervous about pursuing a chemistry degree at first, but a meeting with her advisor changed that.

“He helped me see that first and foremost, I had to believe in myself,” she said.

Hobbs serves as a student mentor for a veteran’s group on campus. She is also active in SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society).

“Going from the military to college was easy because there are so many people here willing to help through the transition. We (veterans) don’t have to figure all of this out alone. There’s a great network of support for us,” she said. “I knew I made the right decision in choosing North Central College.”