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. 

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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

  • Akua Agyei ’15
    Akua
    Agyei ’15
    Wenchi, Ghana
  • Nicholas Banks ’16
    Nicholas
    Banks ’16
    Princeton, New Jersey
  • Sierra Clark ’16
    Sierra
    Clark ’16
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Nsika Dube ’15
    Nsika
    Dube ’15
    Swaziland/Hong Kong
  • Khadijah Hamid ’16
    Khadijah
    Hamid ’16
    Niles, Illinois
  • Xinrong Huang ’16
    Xinrong
    Huang ’16
    Shanghai, China and Yokohama, Japan
  • Charles Jones ’17
    Charles
    Jones ’17
    Los Angeles, California
  • Tuong Nguyen ’15
    Tuong
    Nguyen ’15
    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Nikoletta Raso ’17
    Nikoletta
    Raso ’17
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Katerina Roldan ’17
    Katerina
    Roldan ’17
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Ariane Uwamba ’15
    Ariane
    Uwamba ’15
    Nairobi, Kenya
  • Allan Arabe ’15
    Allan
    Arabe ’15
    Muntinlupa, Philippines
  • Evelyn Bello ’17
    Evelyn
    Bello ’17
    Mundelein, Illinois
  • Anthony Collado ’17
    Anthony
    Collado ’17
    Saratoga, California
  • Leticia Gelacio ’15
    Leticia
    Gelacio ’15
    Chicago, IL
  • Taylor Henderson ’16
    Taylor
    Henderson ’16
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jyothis James ’16
    Jyothis
    James ’16
    Morton Grove, Illinois
  • Leticia Lazcano ’15
    Leticia
    Lazcano ’15
    Waukegan, Illinois
  • Trixie Orozco ’16
    Trixie
    Orozco ’16
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Diego Rojas ’17
    Diego
    Rojas ’17
    Libertyville, Illinois
  • Bushra Shams ’17
    Bushra
    Shams ’17
    Norridge, Illinois
  • Victoria Wynter ’17
    Victoria
    Wynter ’17
    Evanston, Illinois