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  • <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/2224"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/4,7,212,215/34479_31502_img_1817.rev.1478102597.jpg" alt="Meena Jose ’16" title="Meena Jose ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="314"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Since going to college was my first time away from home, I didn’t want a big university. But I <strong>wanted to be <span id="0.633229401029261" class="highlight">n</span>ear a big city</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2224">Meena found a home on campus, only an hour away from Chicago </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/chicago/" target="_blank">Center for Chicago Programs</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2258"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,280/34843_34828__dsc0667_offset.rev.1480527906.jpg" alt="Medora Sweet ’17" title="Medora Sweet ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="280"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “When I came on campus for a tour, I heard lot of people speaking different languages in the Caf, walking through the library, everywhere. I knew <strong>I needed to be here</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2258">Medora chose Lake Forest over other colleges because of its diversity. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/studentlife/intercultural/" target="_blank">Intercultural Relations</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2258"><img src="/live/image/gid/84/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/468,0,1375,907/29610_alex_shingeltoncropped2.rev.1451943950.jpg" alt="Associate Professor of Biology Alex Shingleton" title="Associate Professor of Biology Alex Shingleton" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/84/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/468,0,1375,907/29610_alex_shingeltoncropped2.rev.1451943950.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/84/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/468,0,1375,907/29610_alex_shingeltoncropped2.rev.1451943950.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1649" data-max-h="907"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “<strong>My undergraduates are so enthusiastic about their research.</strong> They are enormously eager to learn. <em>It’s infectious, really.</em>”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2258"> Professor Shingleton and his students research genetics in fruit flies.</a><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/programs/biology/" target="_blank">Department of Biology</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/students/" target="_blank">Student Honors and 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/688"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,265,400/34334_33084__dsc0495.rev.1477064369.jpg" alt="Samukelisiwe Ngwenya ’17" title="Samukelisiwe Ngwenya ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="265" data-max-h="400"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “My passion is discovering <strong>new cultures and traditions</strong> and being able to draw the connections between the global and local areas to see how each has a significant contribution to make.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/688">Samukelisiwe is from Zimbabwe and studies international relations, sociology, and anthropology. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/613"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,474/27696_jl_with_banjo.rev.1440704062.jpg" alt="Justin Lansing ’07" title="Justin Lansing ’07" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="474"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Studying abroad in Costa Rica opened my worldview. I was attracted to Spanish because of the musical nature of learning a language.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/613">Today, Justin Lansing ’07 is a Grammy-winning musician. </a><ul><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/2231"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/25,0,225,200/34502_31907_unknown-5_4.rev.1478540788.jpg" alt="Christian and Jacob Juillerat ’16" title="Christian and Jacob Juillerat ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="230"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Because there are fewer students at a liberal arts college, you get to know them better and <strong>make a greater impact</strong>.” </p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2231">Christian and Jacob realized their passion for tutoring and teaching while at Lake Forest. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/careers/" target="_blank">Career Connections</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2223"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,231/34476_31615_28870_7.rev.1478101588.jpg" alt="Robbie Barker ’16" title="Robbie Barker ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="231"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Because of Lake Forest College, I feel <strong>prepared for what the future holds</strong>.” </p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2223">Robbie values the leadership opportunities a small school offers. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/careers/" target="_blank">Career Advancement Center</a></li></ul>
  • <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/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/2228"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/9,0,156,147/34492_33323_almedin_smajlovic_18.rev.1478535593.jpg" alt="Almedin Smajlovic ’18" title="Almedin Smajlovic ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="182"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I’m <strong>not just a number</strong> in a class; I’m an individual person.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2228">Almedin came to Lake Forest College from Bosnia and Herzegovina. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/apply/international/" target="_blank">International Students</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2228"><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/2228">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/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/2254"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,304/34799_34776_11168557_514558132049807_5313202706578481275_n.rev.1480353185.jpg" alt="Julio Madrid ’17" title="Julio Madrid ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="304"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “One of the most helpful events on campus is Speed Networking. You get to interact with so many people and have the opportunity to learn about jobs and internships.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2254">Julio took advantage of all Lake Forest had to offer after transferring his junior year. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/" target="_blank">Transfer Students</a></li></ul>