Unmatched encouragement

 Here’s a picture of my design that the NWC Advancment Office team printed out for me to see when I stepped out of the elevator at my work study. 

Here’s a picture of my design that the NWC Advancment Office team printed out for me to see when I stepped out of the elevator at my work study. 

I learned something new about Northwestern recently. Before last week, I thought I knew all of the great things about this school. Yes, the campus community is amazing, the professors are awesome, and Praise and Worship on Sunday nights is always a highlight of the week. But do you know how supportive Northwestern is? Let me tell you a story about the incredible, overwhelming support I received from the campus.

As an assignment, each student in my graphic design class was to create an original work to submit to a national design contest. About three weeks ago I discovered I was one of six finalists in the contest. The winner would be decided by popular vote through a week-long poll. I was honored to be a finalist and had no expectations of winning, but Northwestern’s students, faculty, and staff were incredible and helped me win the contest.

 I have never experienced the kind of support and encouragement like Northwestern gave me during the week-long voting period. An email containing the link to the voting page was sent to all students, staff, and faculty the first day the poll was available. That alone blew me away. I found it incredibly kind for the college to support their students in this way. What other college does this kind of thing? You would never find this encouragement at a state school. Northwestern cares for their students and wants to see them succeed, no matter what they are doing. The campus-wide email was not at all necessary, but I was so thankful for the backing I received because of it (quick shout-out to Duane Beeson who sent out that email).

After that email went out, two of my professors (not even in the art department) took time during class to encourage my classmates to take out their phones and vote. Again, I could not believe that this contest was something to take time out of class for. The art, business, and theatre department even shared the link to vote on their social media accounts. I never imagined that my professors and classmates would find it important to vote for this graphic design student’s contest design.  But they did. And I think that shows the care Northwestern has for its students. This college is different. It supports the students through their successes, no matter how small. You won’t find the kind of support and encouragement of Northwestern anywhere else.


You can read more about Lauren's design for the Higher Learning Commission 2019 conference here.