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Izzy Hall ’16

Current job: 
Proofreader and graphic novelist
Transferred from: 
A large university
High school: 
Highland Park High School
Why did you choose to attend Lake Forest College?

I chose Lake Forest College because of the proximity to my hometown, and because it’s a small liberal arts college. I liked the idea that I’d be able to get to know my professors and have small classes—not sit in a big lecture hall. I also live really close by, and that was important for me to be close to my family and my friends—and members of my extended family, too. 

Did you feel welcome coming in as a transfer student?

Yes, I did feel welcome. I was just another person in class and felt welcome at clubs and organizations  

What was your favorite spot on campus? 

My favorite spot on campus was the art room on the third floor of the Durand Art Institute. As an art major, I spent a lot of time there. I liked the windows and the natural light.   

What have you found to be the most valuable part of your time at Lake Forest College?

My relationship with my professors. That is very important to me. The professors at Lake Forest College want to help you learn, and they want students to challenge them. That was a good experience for me. My art advisor, in particular, came to know and respect me. She knew my limits, so she knew where to push me.

How did you work with the Career Advancement Center?

I took part in Speed Networking my junior year. I was mostly looking for experience talking with people quickly and sharing my resume. The Career Advancement Center helped me write my resume and got me into ForesterLink, where I found an internship that I did for two summers. I was a studio assistant at the Arts of Life, an art studio for artists with disabilities. My job was to help the artists with their projects. The first summer, I led a cartooning demo with the help of two of the artists. The next year, one of the artists was actually making a comic book. I helped him with that and it got published. That was really cool.

What advice would you give to a student considering transferring to Lake Forest College?

The professors at Lake Forest College are really good. Because of small class sizes, you really get to know them well. If you want to go someplace near a big city—not in the city itself—then Lake Forest College is a good choice. It’s easy to get to Chicago from Lake Forest and, as an art major, I loved going to all the art museums. I’m happy I went to Lake Forest. Choosing a college is about the things you learn that get people interested in your resume. And that’s all we really want: to get a job.