David Bennett ’94
Vice President of Admissions
High School: Lawrence High School (Lawrenceville, NJ)
College and Major: B.A. Lake Forest College (1994) / Double Major: Philosophy of History and History; M.A. Brandeis University / Comparative European History; M.A. Loyola University Chicago / Public History
Working for the College Since: 2003
My Life Before Lake Forest: For three years I was middle school teacher in a small Japanese town and learned to appreciate the character trait of patience.
One Word or Phrase to Describe Myself: Never at a loss for an opinion.
Top 3 Reasons I Would Choose to Attend Lake Forest College:
1. Faculty that care, truly
2. An incredibly flexible academic program
3. A hop-skip-and-a jump from Chicago
What Character Traits Do I Appreciate in an Applicant: Curiosity and risk taking
What Makes the College Unique: The Independent Scholar Program is an opportunity to design your own major, so you can mash-up any number of ideas. The opportunity to work cooperatively with faculty on independent work is universally supported. Last year 45 percent of our students graduated from the College having done something outside the typical curriculum.
Tip for the College Search: Set up an email account specifically for your college search, and then give your parents access to it as well. At the end of the search, you cancel that account without affecting your personal account and you can stop the flood of emails.
Hint for Success: Confidence is sometimes more important that knowledge.
Favorite Activity in Chicago: Taking an architecture tour of the Chicago Loop by elevated train.
Favorite Place in the Town of Lake Forest: The public library. It’s a little oasis away from the constant activity of campus. You can also borrow books, music, and movies with your College ID.
A Fun Fact to Share: On occasion I have been known to make my own sausage.