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Darren Drabek


Director of International Admissions

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International, DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA, WV

High School

Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Washington (yes, Walla Walla is a real place!)

College and Major

Lewis & Clark College, International Affairs

Sage Graduate School, M.S. in School Counseling

Working for the College since

August 2017

My life before Lake Forest

Associate Director of Admissions and International Student Advisor at Skidmore College in Upstate New York 

One word or phrase to describe myself

I live my life with empathy, energy, and enthusiasm.

Top three reasons I would choose to attend Lake Forest College

The idyllic campus setting; engaged faculty; access to Chicago

What character traits do I appreciate in an applicant?

A student’s potential to bring engaging perspective into the classroom; one’s world view (no matter where in the world you come from)

What makes the College unique?

The size and safety of the campus near the world class city of Chicago coupled with our breadth of majors and disciplines

Tip for the college search

Embrace place.  Virtually or in person, feel yourself on the walkways and in the space.

Hint for success

Take advantage of the application essay, don’t miss the chance to tell us so much more about who you are and what you will contribute to the Forester community.

Favorite activity in Chicago

My kids and family are HUGE baseball fans, so it has to be a Cubs game!

Favorite place in the town of Lake Forest

Breakfast at Egg Harbor

Fun fact to share

My Czech and Irish relatives immigrated to the United States through Chicago; I get a strange feeling I am “home.”