First Connection

First Connection Pre-Orientation Program provides information and support that will 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

  • Nicholas Banks ’16
    Nicholas
    Banks ’16
    Princeton, New Jersey
  • Jessica Bonilla
    Jessica
    Bonilla
    Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Rachel Hastings
    Rachel
    Hastings
    Waukegan, Illinois
  • Jyothis James
    Jyothis
    James
    Morton Grove, Illinois
  • Darling Kittoe
    Darling
    Kittoe
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Rachel Manchur
    Rachel
    Manchur
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Martin Miranda
    Martin
    Miranda
    Chicago, IL
  • Trixie Orozco
    Trixie
    Orozco
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Marina Rawlings
    Marina
    Rawlings
    Johnsburg, IL
  • Katerina Roldan
    Katerina
    Roldan
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mohini Verma
    Mohini
    Verma
    Mundelein, IL
  • Sabelo Zwane
    Sabelo
    Zwane
    Maseru, Lesotho
  • Evelyn Bello
    Evelyn
    Bello
    Mundelein, Illinois
  • Khadijah Hamid
    Khadijah
    Hamid
    Niles, Illinois
  • Taylor Henderson ’16
    Taylor
    Henderson ’16
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Michael Janecek
    Michael
    Janecek
    Prague, Czech Republic
  • Julia Lovelace
    Julia
    Lovelace
    Wrigleyville in Chicago, IL
  • Jakobi McClellan
    Jakobi
    McClellan
    Homewood, IL
  • Ian Murphy
    Ian
    Murphy
    Hometown: El Paso, TX
  • Nikoletta Raso
    Nikoletta
    Raso
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Luz Rodriguez
    Luz
    Rodriguez
    Round Lake, Illinois
  • Joshua Spreng
    Joshua
    Spreng
    Bern, Switzerland
  • Laken Vogel
    Laken
    Vogel
    Tucson, Arizona