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Fezokuhle Khumalo ’17

How did you choose your area of study?

I chose biology because I am interested in the structures and functions of living organisms; humans in particular. Neuroscience was influenced by my growing interest in neurodegenerative diseases. I became a religion minor because I took a religion and science class for fun and really enjoyed it. I am religious and have gained an interest in the link between this discipline and science.

What did you think of the faculty?

The faculty at Lake Forest is very helpful and knowledgeable people. They are always willing to help and are approachable. This is a very resourceful campus.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite class was Religion and Science (RELG241). It was such an insightful class!

Which off-campus program did you participate in?

I spent the spring of 2015 in Botswana in the ACM Off-Campus Program. My favorite part was the trip to Johannesburg where we got to learn about the apartheid era. We went to a couple of key sites that were involved in the history of South Africa. I felt very connected to my roots after this trip.

What makes Lake Forest a great place to be an international student?

Lake Forest College is a great place because there is lots of other international students mixed with a diverse percentage of domestic students from all over the United States. This gives you a chance to learn not only about the United States as a whole, but also about each of the individual states that are represented on campus. As an international student, I am well connected with the resources there are on campus for us (the Office of Intercultural Relations, cultural organizations, Global Fest, etc.) so I am able to find my niche.

What’s your favorite campus spot?

My favorite place on campus is Cleveland Young International Center (CY). I live in Cleveland Young and I am constantly amazed by the warmth in the building. I sit in the lounge and I get to taste lots of food. I get to watch cricket with the Indians. I get to discuss relativity with a physics major. I get to learn about Bosnia and Herzegovina’s flag post the war. These are just a few examples of how diverse Lake Forest College is. It’s home.

What’s your proudest achievement?

I’m very proud of the role I have played with keeping the UMOJA organization on its feet. The organization has gone through challenging times and I have managed to ensure that there is still an UMOJA club at Lake Forest College. I am also proud of how I succeeded to become a people’s person through the Resident Assistant position. I challenged myself to apply for the job because I wanted to form more meaningful relationships with people than I had been doing. A year later and I can say I managed to achieve this.