Natasha L. Poulopoulos '12

Class Year


Area(s) of Study

Major in Psychology


Northbrook, Illinois

Graduate Study and Major and Minor

Rosalind Franklin University

What made you choose Lake Forest College? 

I chose LFC for the liberal arts education, networking with Chicago affiliated hospitals/universities, the small campus feel, and the opportunity to play college basketball and soccer. I truly believe that LFC provides students opportunities to grow both academically and personally. While at LFC, there were always students engaging in new activities or projects which encouraged and motivated me to pursue more academic endeavors. 

How did a liberal arts education make a difference for you? 

I initially pursued a major in biology, however, with the liberal arts education, I was able to explore other courses such as introduction to psychology which ultimately led to my graduate and career endeavors. All of the academic faculty at LFC made this transition seamless for me and provided me with education to help make the best-informed decision about my major study area.

What experiences outside of the classroom do you think helped prepare you for MS in Clinical Counseling programs?

My senior year at LFC, I completed a research internship at Rosalind Franklin and that is how I met my graduate school mentor. During internship, I developed a relationship with my mentor and discussed my interests and future goals. Additionally, the career center and my LFC academic advisor helped prepare me in terms of my resume and interviews. 

How did your time at Lake Forest help you prepare to apply for graduate school?

At LFC, I grew tremendously as a student athlete. I learned to prioritize and structure my days, as well as the importance of accountability and communication.

What do you think of the new Health Professions Program between LFC and RFU?

I believe this is an excellent program and executes on the tremendous networking opportunities that come with the LFC community. I highly recommend this program to students who have an interest in pursuing a health profession. Rosalind Franklin is an excellent graduate school that provides the unique and invaluable experience of inter-professionalism, which is truly the future of healthcare.

What skills and experiences at Lake Forest do you believe will help you be successful?

Time management, communication, accountability, and rapport building.

What advice would you give a high school student looking to pursue pre-health and is considering Lake Forest College? 

Continue to seek out information and take advantage of opportunities to network and meet professionals that are pursing potential interests you may have. Remain open and flexible throughout your college career and explore the liberal arts education.