Student Life

First Connection

First Connection Pre-Orientation Program provides information and support to help incoming students transition to life at Lake Forest College, both in and outside of the classroom. 

The program is also designed to enhance the cultural awareness and understanding among its participants by providing meaningful intercultural information and experiences. Thus, students traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved in American higher education, including, but not limited to U.S. ethnic minority students, students who identify as LGBTQ, first-generation college students, and international students are especially urged to attend. 

Taking place the week before orientation, this pre-orientation program facilitates the transition to the academic expectations and general culture of the College. Participants will be encouraged to develop a peer support network of staff and fellow students to provide additional support during their first semester here.

First Connection provides support regarding a number of transition issues, including the development of a genuine understanding of the College’s rigorous academic expectations, dealing with cultural adjustment, and gaining familiarity with the College’s various resources. 

In short, the objectives of the program are:
  • to provide experiences that will support incoming students’ academic and co-curricular transition to the college.
  • to create an opportunity for a meaningful intercultural experience for incoming students.
  • to allow incoming students to have social networking opportunities with other participating students, faculty, and staff.
  • to familiarize incoming students to academic and co-curricular campus resources. 

Meet the First Connection Mentors

  • Haley Bader
    Haley
    Bader
    Lake Zurich, IL
  • Danae Cannedy
    Danae
    Cannedy
    Pasadena, Maryland
  • Christian Henrique Alas
    Christian
    Henrique Alas
    Santa Tecla, El Salvador
  • Clarissa Jimenez
    Clarissa
    Jimenez
    Chicago,IL
  • Bright Lole
    Bright
    Lole
    Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Kotch Mmopi
    Kotch
    Mmopi
    Gaborone, Batswana
  • Sushmeena Parihar
    Sushmeena
    Parihar
    Mumbai, India
  • Ayesha Quraishi
    Ayesha
    Quraishi
    Skokie, Illinois
  • Lesley Tenorio
    Lesley
    Tenorio
    Waukegan, IL
  • Mohini Verma
    Mohini
    Verma
    Mundelein, IL
  • Mphikeleli Zwane
    Mphikeleli
    Zwane
    Simunye
  • Arnold Boros
    Arnold
    Boros
    Veleny, Hungary
  • Ramona Gyorfi
    Ramona
    Gyorfi
  • Brooke Ingram
    Brooke
    Ingram
    Bellevile,IL
  • Ibithaj Khan
    Ibithaj
    Khan
    Libertyville, IL
  • Rachel Manchur
    Rachel
    Manchur
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Jordan Moran
    Jordan
    Moran
    Chicago
  • Kiana Porter
    Kiana
    Porter
    Chicago, IL
  • Luz Rodriguez
    Luz
    Rodriguez
    Round Lake, Illinois
  • Noah Vanderhyde
    Noah
    Vanderhyde
    Flint, Michigan
  • Ashton Williams
    Ashton
    Williams
    Memphis, Tennessee