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 within 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

  • Olivia Avila
    Olivia
    Avila
    Chicago, IL
  • Senait Berhe
    Senait
    Berhe
    Chicago, IL
  • Arnold Boros
    Arnold
    Boros
    Veleny, Hungary
  • Nancy Cardenas
    Nancy
    Cardenas
    Evanston, Illinois
  • Anthony Collado ’17
    Anthony
    Collado ’17
    San Jose, California
  • Charles Jones
    Charles
    Jones
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Toni Myers
    Toni
    Myers
    Beach Park, Illinois
  • Nikoletta Raso
    Nikoletta
    Raso
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Luz Rodriguez
    Luz
    Rodriguez
    Round Lake, Illinois
  • Jabulani Sifundza
    Jabulani
    Sifundza
    Mbabane (Swaziland)
  • Ralph Taylor
    Ralph
    Taylor
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Mphikeleli Zwane
    Mphikeleli
    Zwane
    Simunye
  • Evelyn S. Bello ’17
    Evelyn S.
    Bello ’17
    Mundelein, Illinois
  • Jessica Bonilla
    Jessica
    Bonilla
    Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Cesar Cardenas
    Cesar
    Cardenas
    Waukegan, Illinois
  • Bianca Cervantes
    Bianca
    Cervantes
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Rachel Hastings
    Rachel
    Hastings
    Waukegan, Illinois
  • Rachel Manchur
    Rachel
    Manchur
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Ayesha Quraishi
    Ayesha
    Quraishi
    Skokie, Illinois
  • Marina Rawlings
    Marina
    Rawlings
    Johnsburg, IL
  • Katerina Roldan ’17
    Katerina
    Roldan ’17
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Medora Kea Sweet
    Medora Kea
    Sweet
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Ashley Williams
    Ashley
    Williams
    Memphis, Tennessee