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Alumni E-News

Words of gratitude from Lily Collins ’18

Lily Collins ’18 is thankful for her experiences at Lake Forest College and promises to continue to make everything that she can out of the opportunities that were granted to her by scholarship donors.  

Being a part of the Lake Forest College community encourages me to work my hardest to solve problems, think critically, develop our community, and contribute to its evolution. 

I value these experiences very much, but what has truly characterized my college experience is the time I’ve spent with friends, learning from faculty and staff, and even working to overcome challenges. Those moments can seem ordinary and unimportant, and are not exactly what you’d include in any college brochures. The truth is that, cumulatively, their impact is huge. The people I’ve met have inspired and taught me the most through their wisdom, work ethic, thoughtfulness, strength, and resiliency. 

I’ve been able to see world-class performers at the Lyric Opera, not only for free, but for class credit; I was elected to serve the students of Lake Forest College as the vice president of Student Government for the current year, which has included incredible leadership training and mentorship; and I’ve been able to work with a wonderful team as a Resident Assistant, where I first felt that I had really found “my people.”

The professor for my Developmental Psychology course, Dr. Kathryn Dohrmann, explained to my class that attachment “is a two-sided coin.” One side relies on “joy and comfort,” while the other is characterized by “anxiety and fear.” These two sides represent the ways Lake Forest has both welcomed and challenged me. And so, it seems, that I am undeniably attached. 

I’d like to thank you for your contribution toward my education, and the education of many other students like myself. I will continue to make everything that I can out of the opportunities you have granted me.  

With gratitude, 

Lily Collins ’18