North Central College - Naperville, IL

Naoko Takada ’13 : Finding her way to north central

Today, North Central College attracts international students who seek to pursue majors in business, math, interactive media studies and the sciences—even musical theatre. Naoko Takada ’13 of Japan wants to pursue a career in the musical theatre field and found North Central’s program by researching on the Web. She didn’t like the limited opportunities at the small school she was attending in Ohio so she transferred to North Central to enroll in theatre and dance courses. “Oh my gosh, it’s amazing!” she says of her experience so far. “My instructors push us to a higher level.”

Takada enjoys International Club and the wealth of events that the club sponsors. She has also visited Chicago (“It’s a fun place to be around”) and she made a friend for life when she roomed with an international student from Turkey. “If I hadn’t transferred here, I wouldn’t have this good friend in my life. We had so many good times together.”