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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/664"><img src="/live/image/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,300,168/29188_jakealbion.rev.1446501110.jpeg" alt="Jake Albion ’13" title="Jake Albion ’13" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="168"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “The skills I learned as a sociology and anthropology major taught me to think outside the box.”  </p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/664">Today, Jake Albion ’13 works outside the box for Thrive Media. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/careers/" target="_blank">Career Connections</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/625"><img src="/live/image/gid/136/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,16,427,443/27835_unknown.rev.1441738453.jpeg" alt="Nissa Anderson" title="Nissa Anderson" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="427" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “<strong>You’re going to work harder than you ever have in your life. </strong>But if you are serious about wanting to make a difference, <em>this is where you should be.</em>”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/625">Nissa is getting her master’s in music education » </a><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/programs/musiced/" target="_blank">Music Education</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/programs/music/" target="_blank">Department of Music</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2363"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/331,0,1560,1229/35597_img36792jpg.rev.1487092027.jpg" alt="Ananias McGee ’17" title="Ananias McGee ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/331,0,1560,1229/35597_img36792jpg.rev.1487092027.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/331,0,1560,1229/35597_img36792jpg.rev.1487092027.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1356"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I want to be a mentor and <strong>make a difference</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2363">Ananias’ campus involvement helped him find his passion. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/620"><img src="/live/image/gid/136/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,57,1536,1593/27799_img_9112.rev.1441297003.jpg" alt="Rachel Manchur" title="Rachel Manchur" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/136/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,57,1536,1593/27799_img_9112.rev.1441297003.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/136/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,57,1536,1593/27799_img_9112.rev.1441297003.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1536" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p class="p1"> “When I walk on campus, I feel a sense of warmth, but more importantly, <strong>a sense of home</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/620">Rachel loves how the professors have welcomed her. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/" target="_blank">Meet Our Faculty</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/1510"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg" alt="Benedetta Borri ’15" title="Benedetta Borri ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg 3x" data-max-w="897" data-max-h="1261"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “The College gave me not only a place to <em>cultivate my interests</em>, but the unique opportunity to <strong>travel abroad</strong>, to build n<strong>etworks of friendship overseas</strong>, and to <strong>develop a strong cultural sensitivity</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/1510">Benedetta works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after studying Chinese. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2296"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,350,350/35132_freedberg1979jpg.rev.1484759416.jpg" alt="Sam Freedberg ’17" title="Sam Freedberg ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="350"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “The Forester Day of Service has been huge for me. I haven’t found a <strong>feeling better than helping people</strong> to learn and grow.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2296">Sam got involved with volunteerism at Lake Forest. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/660"><img src="/live/image/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/241,81,1413,1254/29155__dsc0442.rev.1446135190.jpg" alt="Xhris Fitzgerald ’17" title="Xhris Fitzgerald ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/241,81,1413,1254/29155__dsc0442.rev.1446135190.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/241,81,1413,1254/29155__dsc0442.rev.1446135190.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1357"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “It was a great experience for us, <strong>as undergraduates, to participate in a professional academic conference</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/660">Learn about Xhris’ work at the College. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/students/" target="_blank">Student Research</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2336"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,235,235/35482_25687alexalvarezjpg.rev.1486051240.jpg" alt="Alex Alvarez-Bright ’17" title="Alex Alvarez-Bright ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="235" data-max-h="235"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Don’t waste time trying to ‘fit in,’ <strong>just be yourself</strong> from day one. Everybody has a place here.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2336">Alex became a leader on campus as a Forester Guide. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2176"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,268/33486_33192_img_1748_1.rev.1475249735.jpg" alt="Teresa D’Astice ’17" title="Teresa D’Astice ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="268"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “There’s a lot of stuff to get involved in on campus. <em>Step out of your comfort zone.</em>”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2176">Teresa got involved with student organizations and internships. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/studentlife/" target="_blank">Student Life</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2176"><img src="/live/image/gid/7/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/143,0,509,367/28948_plagens.rev.1445531147.jpg" alt="Doug Plagens" title="Doug Plagens" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="650" data-max-h="366"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p class="p1"> “I was able to <strong>get my feet wet and develop my style</strong> announcing Forester hockey on the College radio station.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2176">Doug is now the voice of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/communication/" target="_blank">Communication</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="http://wmxm.org/" target="_blank">WMXM 88.9 FM</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2122"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,640/32835_25145_146479883706829.rev.1471533964.jpg" alt="Casey Cusano ’17" title="Casey Cusano ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,640/32835_25145_146479883706829.rev.1471533964.jpg 2x" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I wanted a more <strong>collaborative</strong> and <strong>tight-knit community</strong>, which is exactly what I’ve experienced as a Forester.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2122">Casey transferred to Lake Forest to study biology. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/753"><img src="/live/image/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/29715_julia_lovelace.rev.1449526042.jpg" alt="Julia Lovelace ’18" title="Julia Lovelace ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/29715_julia_lovelace.rev.1449526042.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/10/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,960/29715_julia_lovelace.rev.1449526042.jpg 3x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="960"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I have found it so easy to <strong>build personal relationships with the faculty</strong>, and that has helped make my first few semesters of college so much smoother.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/753">Julia hasn’t met a professor she didn’t like. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/603"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg" alt="Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12" title="Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg 3x" data-max-w="1820" data-max-h="2046"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Studying abroad in Paris and Costa Rica made my junior year and gave me experiences I would not trade for anything.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/603">Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12 explored the world and double majored. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/" target="_blank">Majors and Minors</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Study</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2230"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,173/34501_34446_unknown_1.rev.1478540664.jpg" alt="Paul Hodits ’17" title="Paul Hodits ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="173"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Lake Forest has helped me develop my own thinking and <strong>my own identity</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2230">Paul was a commuter student who took advantage of on-campus opportunities. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/admitted/fall/life/commuters.php" target="_blank">Commuters</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2246"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/50,2,230,181/34798_34538_img_1619.rev.1480353184.jpg" alt="Nikoletta Raso ’17" title="Nikoletta Raso ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="345"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “As a Chicagoan, Lake Forest College has given me the space and opportunities I needed to <strong>reconnect with the city</strong>. It’s given me new-found confidence.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2246">Nikoletta participated in the In the Loop Program and became a Chicago Ambassador. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/chicago/" target="_blank">Access Chicago</a></li></ul>