North Central College - Naperville, IL
Sociology, Human Resource Management

Whitney plans to practice family, adoption or immigration law. “I want to help make peoples’ lives better, and it was North Central that helped me discover this passion.”

Her pre-law studies helped her “write, speak and think like a lawyer,” she says. And experiences such as tutoring at the Writing Center, giving oral presentations, conducting peer mediation training, and working as a co-editor of the Illinois State Bar Association newsletter were all part of her preparation. Her involvement in service projects uncovered her passion to advocate for others.

Two internships gave her real-world experiences in courtrooms and attorney’s offices. One involved working in a county prosecutor’s office with domestic violence cases. “The attorney let me read the cases and police reports, draft letters to witnesses and talk with them, and research individuals.” Another involved working with case workers and court-appointed special advocates in cases of child neglect or abuse.Whitney received a merit scholarship to attend Valparaiso University School of Law.