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Beatriz Estay ’17

Why did you choose to come to Lake Forest College?

I chose to come to Lake Forest College because I knew I wanted to attend a small liberal arts college that would challenge me but also fit my personality. I also loved the idea of being near Chicago. But more importantly, I stayed at Lake Forest because nothing compares to the Forester community. I have made memories for a lifetime here while receiving an amazing education. I wouldn’t change my college experience for the world.

What is one piece of valuable academic advice that you would tell an incoming student to Lake Forest College?

Lake Forest College is what you make it out to be. If you put in the effort, you will receive endless benefits. Have fun, but also remember that school is important. Get involved because not only will it offer you an amazing group of friends, but it will enlighten you in new ways. Try out Greek Life because the experience here is radically different from the stereotypical experience. At the end of the day, be the best version of yourself, take risks and keep an open mind. I promise you it will pay off in the end.

How did you choose your area of study?

Coming into Lake Forest, I knew I wanted to study communication. I had always been interested in media and marketing and knew it would be a great fit. But it wasn’t until I took Intro to Sociology/Anthropology with Professor Sadri where I developed a passion for SOAN. After living abroad for much of my life, studying how people interact or how people perceive the world became a very interesting topic for me. Lucky for me, the two majors work perfectly to pursue a career in marketing and market research which is exactly what I plan on achieving. The majors together have helped me get a deeper understanding of both the creative and analytical components of the field. 

What did you think of the faculty?

The faculty at Lake Forest have made my college experience so memorable. They are approachable and extremely supportive. Their doors are always open, for both academic advice and life advice. They are mentors in every sense of the word. I know they will always be there even after I graduate, which is something you don’t find at other colleges. 

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class also happens to be one of the most challenging courses I took at Lake Forest—Qualitative Methods with Holly Swyers. Not only is Holly one of my favorite professors, but she taught this class by constantly challenging us and helping us understand the research process very thoroughly. In this class, I conducted my first ever research study on culture shock. We conducted live interviews with local residents, students, etc. and created our research from start to finish. Holly was there every step of the way and truly helped us reach our potential. I could not have asked for a better classroom experience.

Did you do any internships?

I’ve completed an internship every summer since I started at Lake Forest. I’ve been blessed enough to intern with a fashion designer, a top-tier bridal magazine, an integrated marketing agency and a tech startup company in Chicago. It is in these experiences that I have truly taken what I have learned in the classroom and applied it to the real world. In return, I’ve been able to succeed in my classes by bringing the skills I’ve learned in the work place back to campus. Internships are vital to the success of learning and I’ve definitely benefited from all of the connections I’ve made over the years.  

What is your favorite place to hang out on campus?

The Library! It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee and study with friends.

How did Greek life shape your time here at the College? 

Greek life played a huge role in my extra-curricular aspect of college. I joined Delta Gamma my freshman year in hopes to find another “home away from home.” Ultimately, Delta Gamma became so much more to me than a tight-knit community, it was an experience where I was able to take on leadership roles and develop the skills needed to be successful in the real world. I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended the Delta Gamma Institute at the fraternity’s headquarters and to have worked closely with local non-profit organizations.