A fearless future teacher
When Becca Peterson arrived at Northeastern Illinois University in 2014, the transition to college was a shock. After all, she had enlisted in the Air Force only one year earlier after graduating from Lane Tech College Prep High School. After an unexpected medical discharge, Peterson found herself planning to spend the next four years on a college campus, not an Air Force base. “I really had no idea what college I wanted to go to,” Peterson said. “After the Air Force, I felt confused about what to do.”
A world of opportunities
Whether she’s studying political science, interning for a state senator, attending the Democratic National Convention or traveling abroad, Anna Augustyn immerses herself in politics any way she can.
Pursuit of the highest education
John Gomez does not settle and will not settle—even after he earns his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. “Ever since I was little, the one thing I have always wanted to do—which I know is kind of odd—is that I’ve always wanted to go to college,” said Gomez, who naturally is a member of the University Honors Program. “I really value education. I think it’s so important for people to be educated—not necessarily just to get a job but just to better yourself.”
The beach means business for Raffe Paulis
On a balmy August afternoon in Chicago, Raffe Paulis mingles among a crowd of professional volleyball players at North Avenue Beach. In about 20 minutes, Paulis and his playing partner will compete in their first match of the AVP Chicago Open.
A world of travel opportunities
Terrie Albano loves journalism and literature. She loves them so much, in fact, that she won four awards from the National Federation of Press Women for her writing and editing. But with the honors also came a problem: Albano, an Interdisciplinary Studies undergraduate student who is concentrating on English, couldn’t afford to go the annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska, to receive her awards and present her work.
A student leader with determination and vision
In the advertising world, no television ad is as prestigious as a Super Bowl commercial. Northeastern Illinois University student Alicia Mendoza is passionate about having a hand in creating such an ad—and you’d be wise not to bet against her. “I would love to work on a Super Bowl commercial at some point in my career,” she said. “In the advertising and marketing world, that is one of the most important projects you can be asked to work on, and I love the creative work that goes into preparing for such an important event.”
Free to Focus on School
Nichole Schau knew from a young age she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. “Being a teacher has been my goal my entire life,” said Schau. As a high-achieving high school student, the Elmhurst native had her pick of universities to attend. Schau, who now is in her senior year of college, chose Northeastern Illinois University because her sister raved about the education program and the opportunities the school offers its students.