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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2384"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,222/37367_36373_photo-sprengjd1.rev.1493995758.jpg" alt="Joshua Spreng ’17" title="Joshua Spreng ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="222"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I really liked that I would be able to connect with professors so easily. It just happened, by chance, that I met Professor Kash during my tour. Now, he’s my advisor.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2384">Joshua came all the way from Switzerland for the opportunities Lake Forest College presents. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/" target="_blank">Meet Our Faculty</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2230"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,173/34501_34446_unknown_1.rev.1478540664.jpg" alt="Paul Hodits ’17" title="Paul Hodits ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="173"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Lake Forest has helped me develop my own thinking and <strong>my own identity</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2230">Paul was a commuter student who took advantage of on-campus opportunities. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/admitted/fall/life/commuters.php" target="_blank">Commuters</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/664"><img src="/live/image/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/128,0,296,168/29188_jakealbion.rev.1446501110.jpeg" alt="Jake Albion ’13" title="Jake Albion ’13" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="300" data-max-h="168"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “The skills I learned as a sociology and anthropology major taught me to think outside the box.”  </p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/664">Today, Jake Albion ’13 works outside the box for Thrive Media. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/careers/" target="_blank">Career Connections</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/688"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,265,400/34334_33084__dsc0495.rev.1477064369.jpg" alt="Samukelisiwe Ngwenya ’17" title="Samukelisiwe Ngwenya ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="265" data-max-h="400"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “My passion is discovering <strong>new cultures and traditions</strong> and being able to draw the connections between the global and local areas to see how each has a significant contribution to make.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/688">Samukelisiwe is from Zimbabwe and studies international relations, sociology, and anthropology. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/660"><img src="/live/image/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/241,81,1413,1254/29155__dsc0442.rev.1446135190.jpg" alt="Xhris Fitzgerald ’17" title="Xhris Fitzgerald ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/241,81,1413,1254/29155__dsc0442.rev.1446135190.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/241,81,1413,1254/29155__dsc0442.rev.1446135190.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1357"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “It was a great experience for us, <strong>as undergraduates, to participate in a professional academic conference</strong>.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/660">Learn about Xhris’ work at the College. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/students/" target="_blank">Student Research</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2122"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,640/32835_25145_146479883706829.rev.1471533964.jpg" alt="Casey Cusano ’17" title="Casey Cusano ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,640/32835_25145_146479883706829.rev.1471533964.jpg 2x" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="640"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I wanted a more <strong>collaborative</strong> and <strong>tight-knit community</strong>, which is exactly what I’ve experienced as a Forester.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2122">Casey transferred to Lake Forest to study biology. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/613"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,474/27696_jl_with_banjo.rev.1440704062.jpg" alt="Justin Lansing ’07" title="Justin Lansing ’07" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="474"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Studying abroad in Costa Rica opened my worldview. I was attracted to Spanish because of the musical nature of learning a language.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/613">Today, Justin Lansing ’07 is a Grammy-winning musician. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Study</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/659"><img src="/live/image/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1999/29156_anne_marie.rev.1446137434.jpg" alt="Anne Marie Brugioni ’16" title="Anne Marie Brugioni ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1999/29156_anne_marie.rev.1446137434.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/71/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1999/29156_anne_marie.rev.1446137434.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1999"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p class="p1"> “Attending and presenting at a professional conference gave me a real sense of what the <strong>field of archaeology is like at a professional level</strong>.” </p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/659">Read about Anne Marie’s archaeology project. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/students/" target="_blank">Student Research</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/sociology/" target="_blank">Sociology and Anthropology Major</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2383"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/57,21,230,193/37366_35957_img_3862.rev.1493995677.jpg" alt="Ashley Lamarre ’18" title="Ashley Lamarre ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="343"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Coming from New York City, my first reaction was, ‘<strong>It’s very peaceful here.</strong>’ I liked that.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2383">Ashley advises getting involved in as many activities as possible to make campus feel like home. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/studentlife/" target="_blank">Student Life</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2383"><img src="/live/image/gid/84/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/468,0,1375,907/29610_alex_shingeltoncropped2.rev.1451943950.jpg" alt="Associate Professor of Biology Alex Shingleton" title="Associate Professor of Biology Alex Shingleton" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/84/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/468,0,1375,907/29610_alex_shingeltoncropped2.rev.1451943950.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/84/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/468,0,1375,907/29610_alex_shingeltoncropped2.rev.1451943950.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1649" data-max-h="907"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “<strong>My undergraduates are so enthusiastic about their research.</strong> They are enormously eager to learn. <em>It’s infectious, really.</em>”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2383"> Professor Shingleton and his students research genetics in fruit flies.</a><ul><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/programs/biology/" target="_blank">Department of Biology</a></li><li class="lw_related_page"><a href="/academics/students/" target="_blank">Student Honors and Research</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2246"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/50,2,230,181/34798_34538_img_1619.rev.1480353184.jpg" alt="Nikoletta Raso ’17" title="Nikoletta Raso ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="345"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “As a Chicagoan, Lake Forest College has given me the space and opportunities I needed to <strong>reconnect with the city</strong>. It’s given me new-found confidence.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2246">Nikoletta participated in the In the Loop Program and became a Chicago Ambassador. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/chicago/" target="_blank">Access Chicago</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2336"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,235,235/35482_25687alexalvarezjpg.rev.1486051240.jpg" alt="Alex Alvarez-Bright ’17" title="Alex Alvarez-Bright ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="235" data-max-h="235"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Don’t waste time trying to ‘fit in,’ <strong>just be yourself</strong> from day one. Everybody has a place here.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2336">Alex became a leader on campus as a Forester Guide. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/603"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg" alt="Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12" title="Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/457,0,1460,1002/27563_unknown.rev.1439829791.jpeg 3x" data-max-w="1820" data-max-h="2046"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “Studying abroad in Paris and Costa Rica made my junior year and gave me experiences I would not trade for anything.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/603">Gaëlle Hollandbeck ’12 explored the world and double majored. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/" target="_blank">Majors and Minors</a></li><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Study</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2175"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,7,230,236/33485_33164_profile_pic_3.rev.1475249257.jpg" alt="Kojo Osafo ’17" title="Kojo Osafo ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="293"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “You never know what you’re going to learn, who you’re going to meet, and how it’ll <strong>enrich your experience</strong><em>.</em>”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2175">Kojo spent a semester exploring New Zealand. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/offcampus/" target="_blank">Off-Campus Study</a></li></ul>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><a href="/live/profiles/2228"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/9,0,156,147/34492_33323_almedin_smajlovic_18.rev.1478535593.jpg" alt="Almedin Smajlovic ’18" title="Almedin Smajlovic ’18" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="182"/></a></span><div class="quote"><p> “I’m <strong>not just a number</strong> in a class; I’m an individual person.”</p></div><a class="red-link" href="/live/profiles/2228">Almedin came to Lake Forest College from Bosnia and Herzegovina. </a><ul><li class="lw_related_urls"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/apply/international/" target="_blank">International Students</a></li></ul>