Here's the story
I was familiar with Lake Forest College because I lived in the area (my hometown is about 50 minutes from campus) and I was always curious about the College. I remember visiting campus and I just kept coming back again and again until I decided to apply and knew that would be where I would end up. I looked at other schools, but Lake Forest was always first in my mind. I liked the distance from home where I could have the best of both worlds (I lived on campus, but was easily within driving distance from home), the campus is beautiful, the academics are top notch, and the college’s reputation is excellent.
Lake Forest College allowed me to have the chance to really get to know my professors and seek their advice, opinion, and guidance. Not only was I constantly challenged academically, but I had my professors as mentors outside of the classroom guiding me with career advice, life wisdom, and knowledge. I was also able to hold leadership roles on campus during my senior year that gave me practical experience when it would be time to lead a group at work, public speak, or have to give a presentation. My classes taught me that too. Due to their small size, I was always prepared, on point, and ready to give an answer if called on. That would be great preparation for the working world.
Being in the Chicago area gave me access to the Brad Schneider for Congress Campaign that I volunteered on and worked as a Finance Intern during my senior year. Had I stayed in the Chicago area and not gone to DC, I know I would have used the college as a resource to break into the political world of Chicago politics. I still keep that as an option if I ever decide to come back to the Chicago area.
I had access to the most intelligent, most passionate, and most caring professors. I received a top notch education, and Lake Forest’s small size allowed me to get close with professors in my area of study. I took almost every single one of Professor Levis’ classes and she was my advisor. We still keep in touch, see each other when I am in town, and I still call her when I need advice, have been weighing a potential career change, or need another opinion on a situation. Professor Levis has pushed me to challenge myself, be the best I can be, and take what I learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Professor Park has been the same way. It’s hard to worry about failure when you have some of the most intelligent minds believing in you and watching you grow in your career and as a person.
Words of encouragement:
My biggest achievement is deciding to step out of my comfort zone and study off-campus in Washington, DC. That semester solidified my love of all things politics and government and I really found myself. Everything clicked for me and I knew I was meant to live in this city and have my career here. Luckily I got a job in DC after I graduated and have lived and worked here ever since. Deciding to push myself to try a brand new (and slightly nerve wracking) experience was the best thing I’ve ever done.