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Alumni E-News

Eric Avila ’17: My Journey with Lake Forest College


I am honored to be a part of the first-ever Thank-a-Thon Series highlighting my Lake Forest experience with you.

So here it goes…my story…

To begin my journey, I need to rewind to when I was in high school.

I thought then that going to college was something impossible for me. All I knew about college at the time was that it was really expensive and that my family wouldn’t be able to help me pay for my tuition. Fortunately, I received the College Bound Opportunities Scholarship given to high-achieving students to help students pursue their dreams. 


Given this, I applied to Lake Forest College and requested additional scholarship support. As a result, my hard work in high school paid off because I was accepted to Lake Forest College and received the financial aid that I needed to attend. 

Now, as a Lake Forest College student, I am happy to be surrounded by students from all over the world and to be taught by great faculty who have challenged me academically. They have taught me that if I want something, I have to work hard to obtain it. These challenges make me a better person because I have proven to myself that I can overcome anything. 

I will never forget the people who have helped me achieve my college dream. Because of my journey and those who supported me, I chose to major in sociology and anthropology with the goal to become a counselor. I know there are many young high school students who face the same problem I did, and I want to be able to inspire them. 

Thank you for taking the time to hear my story, but more importantly, thank you for supporting students like me.

With gratitude, 

Eric Avila ’17