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  • <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/2297"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1540/35130_img2756jpg.rev.1484759414.jpg" alt="Lily Veldran ’17" title="Lily Veldran ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1540/35130_img2756jpg.rev.1484759414.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1540/35130_img2756jpg.rev.1484759414.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1540"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “The <strong>access</strong> I’ve had here has allowed me <strong>great opportunities</strong> for my future career.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2297">Lily had an internship almost every semester. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2197"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,374,443/34413_34374_img_2323_2.rev.1477497213.jpg" alt="Sierra Smith ’17" title="Sierra Smith ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="374" data-max-h="443"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I wanted a liberal arts school with a strong science program near a big city with lots of connections for internships. <strong>That’s Lake Forest College</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2197">Sierra studies neuroscience at Lake Forest. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/careers/internships/" target="_blank">Internships</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2197"><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/2197">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/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/2346"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/40,208,1365,1531/35543_img3290jpg.rev.1486746962.jpg" alt="Lia Niederberger ’18" title="Lia Niederberger ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/40,208,1365,1531/35543_img3290jpg.rev.1486746962.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/40,208,1365,1531/35543_img3290jpg.rev.1486746962.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1365" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “<strong>Make yourself noticed</strong>—get out there and get talking to people.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2346">Lia advocates for students with disabilities. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2291"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/847,172,1576,901/35131_img2546jpg.rev.1484759415.jpg" alt="Zachary Kelvington ’17" title="Zachary Kelvington ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/847,172,1576,901/35131_img2546jpg.rev.1484759415.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/847,172,1576,901/35131_img2546jpg.rev.1484759415.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Take classes in what you’re interested in and <strong>what you love</strong>. Don’t do what you think will make you the most money.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2291">Zachary found his passion in elementary school education. </a>
  • <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/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/678"><img src="/live/image/gid/22/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,790,349/29363_americaneagleoffice.rev.1447965678.jpg" alt="Elin Alexander ’15" title="Elin Alexander ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="790" data-max-h="349"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Learn to understand what Chicago has to offer and take advantage of it while in college—it really helps you to adapt after graduation.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/678">Elin landed a design job in the city right after college. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/chicago/" target="_blank">Chicago Programs</a></li></ul>
  • <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>
  • <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/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/637"><img src="/live/image/gid/22/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,415,532/27942_untitled.rev.1442353495.jpg" alt="Cassia Baker ’15" title="Cassia Baker ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="415" data-max-h="532"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “<strong>Living and studying in the Loop and interning in Chicago</strong> were invaluable experiences for me, both personally and as a young professional.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/637">Cassia interned at Leslie Hindman’s Auctioneers, where she now works. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/profiles/142-lake-forest-college-in-the-loop" target="_blank">Lake Forest In The Loop</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Programs</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/637"><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/637"> 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>