1. Where are you from and why did you choose to attend North Central College?
I am from Sandwich, IL. I chose to attend North Central as a sophomore in high school after one of my past teachers recommended it to me. I came on an early visit and completely fell in love with everything it had to offer. I instantly felt welcome and like it would fit me well.
2. What inspired you to pursue your major/minor (mentioned in the email)?
I chose to major in Social Science/History, along with secondary education, because I have always enjoyed taking history and social studies classes and I knew I wanted to learn more in that field. I really enjoy thinking about how history effects and will continue to affect our present day getting to major in it and eventually teach it sounded like a great idea.
3. What kinds of opportunities are available to North Central students of your major/minor? Are there any internships, projects, clubs or organizations you’re involved in?
There are so many opportunities with this major! The faculties you get to work with are absolutely amazing and have made my experience at North Central College one that I never could have imagined. Through the history department, students will be conducting many different research projects, whether that is an independent study which can be completed with a Richter Fellowship Grant or working alongside with a faculty member. Not only do we get research opportunities we also get a number of opportunities to present our research at a number of conferences around the country. We also have different clubs offered and honor societies that students can be asked to join. I have completed a Richter Fellowship Research Grant, where I conducted independent research while I studied abroad in England. I then presented the research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research and at the Rall Symposium. I am also on the executive board for the History Association and have had the amazing opportunities to meet a number of historical figures and researcher that come to our campus. I am also a member of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta.
4. Talk about your interaction with the faculty at North Central. Do you have a lot of direct communication with teachers about your studies, counseling, career advice, etc.?
I would not be as successful as I have been or ever will be without the support and guidance of the faculty in the history department as well as some faculty members in different social science departments. I worked closely with my advisor while I completed my independent research project and know the History Department very well through classes and other extracurricular events. My advisor helps me plan for my classes and offers me advice and guidance to my future opportunities after my four years at North Central.
5. If you could speak with a high school student who’s considering your major at North Central College, what would you tell them?
DO IT! I get so excited just talking about North Central College in general, but get even more excited when I get to talk about the amazing classes offered in the Social Science/History major and the great professors who teach them. I would tell the student that they will get to know their professors well and they will have so many opportunities to grow and learn in this major.
6. What are your career aspirations? How has North Central set you up to achieve your future goals?
My future goals are to teach history or social science in a school of need and continue with my education. I believe that through the support of the staff and faculty North Central offers, I will be able to achieve these future goals and succeed more than I ever thought for myself before.