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Meet Our Students: Victoria Villalpando

April 24, 2013

We're kicking off a new monthly series to help you get to know the students of NLU, the places they've come from and the things they've experienced on the journey toward their degree. 

ul 4.24.13 Junior from Tinley Park, IL
Pursuing B.A. in Human Services

What brought you to NLU?

Prior to attending NLU, I went to a local community college. I was very uncertain of what university I wished to attend and what career I wanted to pursue; however, I heard about the Harrison Fellowship on the radio and I applied.

What are you currently studying?

My current course of study is human services. This particular major is community oriented and it focuses on psychological and environmental stressors. Essentially, the  material we learned can be applied to any field

Are you involved in any school clubs or off-campus activities in your community?

I currently work as an administrative assistant for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. This is a nonprofit organization that promotes education, leadership development, civic engagement and empowerment to Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups. I feel that serving my community in this matter is the most efficient way to achieve change.

How have you grown in your time here?

While at NLU, I have grown as a student and as a professional. More importantly, the Latino outreach center has offered me networking opportunities that I would have not had otherwise. For instance, the staff is knowledgeable of Latino organizations and events. Consequently, they encourage us to attend various conferences, participate in workshops and meet mentors.

What do you hope to do after college and how is NLU preparing you for that?

After college, I hope to further my education by completing a master's degree program. I also aspire to someday run for office. Similarly, NLU has prepared me for these aspirations because my course of study has taught me the value of community.

What have you liked most about your experience at NLU so far?

My experience at NLU has been very rewarding; however, I especially appreciate the fact that we are on the quarters system. This schedule has provided the flexibility I need as a working college student.



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