Don't take these things for granted

The beginning of this week marked the Fine Arts Preview Days on campus for prospective students. On December 3 and 4, high school students who are interested in theatre, visual art and/or music came to Northwestern to have an in-depth experience to find out what the fine arts are really like here. I was excited to host a prospective student overnight who was eager to have all of her questions about Northwestern answered. As I thought about my responses to her inquiries, I realized that there is a great deal about Northwestern that I take for granted.

With approximately 1,200 students, Northwestern is the perfect size for cultivating a sense of community.

As we were leaving Praise and Worship on Sunday night, my prospective student asked me if I knew everyone who was in the chapel at the time. I looked around, and even though there were faces I couldn’t put a name to, I was surprised by how many people I actually knew. I absolutely love the size of Northwestern. With approximately 1,200 students, Northwestern is the perfect size for cultivating a sense of community. It is nearly impossible to walk around campus without seeing someone you know and share a “hello” in passing. I too often take for granted that I am not just a number or another student on campus.

I am so grateful for my professors here at Northwestern.

My prospective student asked me about the professors on campus a little later. I let her in on all of the great things about my professors…how relaxed, funny and energetic they are. Though all of those traits are great in a professor, my favorite thing about each and every one of them, I told her, is that they care about you as a student. They want to help you do well. Most are more than willing to meet outside of class to discuss any number of things you may have on your mind. The connections I have with my professors would be much different if I was at a bigger school. I am so grateful for my professors here at Northwestern.

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We were eating in the Hub when my prospective student asked me if the chairs and tables she saw in the mall area of the RSC [Rowenhorst Student Center] were for studying. I told her that I always see people working on their computers with open textbooks in the facility. She was amazed at the number of study spots we had on campus and after I thought about it, I was too! Every building on campus has a spot to hunker down. The LC [Learning Commons], Ramaker, VPH [Van Peursem Hall], Christ Chapel…you name it! It is so nice to have different places to work on things in case your favorite spot is taken. You will never not be able to find a place to study.