North Central College - Naperville, IL

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Valerie has always been fascinated with exploring ecosystems. North Central College allowed her love for nature to blossom.

As a first-year student, Valerie was awarded a summer internship to work on an ecology research project. She has been a lab assistant and became president of the biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta. She also interned in the water quality lab at the Springbrook Water Reclamation Center in Naperville.

Valerie credits her success to her strong ties with North Central College professors.

“You develop a bond with them,” she says. “Having such open and available communication with professors has helped me tremendously with my studies and has opened many doors for me.”

Valerie plans to attend graduate school after working in the field of biology.