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Master of Liberal Studies

MLS Graduate uses Degree to Direct Career Change

Lalainya Goldsberry is our second featured graduate story.  Lalainya came to Lake Forest College’s Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program when, as an Arabic teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, she felt the need for a change.

She enjoyed teaching but wanted to pursue her interests in nature – to become more knowledgeable about and interact with local flora and fauna.   She began volunteering at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, but knew pretty quickly that volunteering would not be enough. Since her background was in foreign language, she felt she needed some formal education to build credentials for what she hoped would be a new career. She started to look for graduate programs that were flexible and would help her build skills in her interest area. “When I learned about the Lake Forest College MLS program I knew it was the perfect fit for me. The MLS interdisciplinary courses looked fascinating and the program allowed me to take courses in the Environmental Studies Department. I am so glad I decided to enroll in the MLS program! The first two courses I took were Spring Flora and Summer Flora with Glenn Adelson–best courses ever. In the MLS seminars I was able to research topics related to my interests.”

Since completing the requirements of the Master of Liberal Studies degree last summer, Lalainya Goldsberry ’17 has decided to enroll in a joint Biology MA program of Miami University of Ohio and the Brookfield Zoo. She credits the MLS program with preparing her to take this next step. “In the MLS program I was able to follow a course of study that perfectly fit my needs. The program has helped me transition to a new career (I am now working at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum) and it has given me confidence to continue building my credentials. I could not be happier with the program – it has given me the skills and confidence that I needed to accomplish my career change goals.”