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Paul Hodits ’17

Paul Hodits ’17 is a commuter student who spends eight hours every day on campus, arriving at 7 a.m. to prepare for class and participate in clubs and other activities that have helped shape his future.

This double major in sociology and anthropology and history is a Forester you should know.

Q: What drew you to Lake Forest College?

A: During my sophomore year of high school, I received a few letters from Lake Forest reaching out to me. Then a few of my high school teachers, who are Lake Forest alums, talked to me about the College. As a junior, I visited campus and really liked the environment. I went to a few mock classes, which I enjoyed: it wasn’t sitting in a lecture hall with 300 other people. I actually got to participate and have my voice heard, even as a visitor. It was a fun experience.

Q: Have you had experiences here—besides your classes—that have helped prepare you for your future career?

A: I’m on Student Academic Advisory Committee in history and I’m also secretary for the Sociology Honor Society. Those experiences helped me develop more confidence in myself as a leader. That’s really important especially going forward in a career. It shows that I’m self-motivated and can work on a team.

Q: What do you do in your free time?

A: I hang out with friends. We like to relax and watch the next big thing on TV, like The Walking Dead. I play electric guitar, too. Mostly blues and rock. People consult with me to build them a computer. I find out what they want, what their budget is, and I build it for them. They’ve offered to pay me, but it’s just a hobby.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: Like every college student, I hope to have a job by the time I graduate. I attended Speed Networking and hope to get an internship for next semester. I made some connections and have started networking. I would like to work as a guidance counselor. I can see myself doing that. I’m also interested in doing things in marketing. I enjoy working in big data, like in the quantitative and qualitative research classes we take in sociology. I like that whole process of finding out more about peoples’ opinions and attitudes and putting it into a measurable conclusion.

Q: Any advice for new students?

A: Have fun in college but really treat this experience as a job and the start of your career. I don’t have class until 11 a.m., but I’m here at 7 a.m. every day working on homework and getting everything done in an eight-hour window. Make the best use of your money and time here. Everything you do here matters. 

Q: Parting words?

A: I’m really going to miss this school. It’s helped me develop my own thinking and my own identity and what I want to do with the rest of my life. These four years flew right by.