• Cypress Bay High School - Weston, FL
  • April 6, 2020
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BY DANI SHAPIRO

What made you want to go to Northwestern?

My older sister also goes to Northwestern, and I fell in love with the school each time I visited her. After attending a summer journalism program at Northwestern before my senior year of high school, I knew that I wanted to attend school here. I am passionate about journalism, and Northwestern’s unique journalism opportunities appealed to me. However, I knew that attending Northwestern would give me the opportunity to explore different academic disciplines. I also wanted to attend Northwestern to be a part of a diverse student body that would broaden my perspectives. Northwestern was my first choice for college, and I was fortunately accepted Early Decision.

What is your main focus at the moment while in college?

My main focus is meeting new people and developing friendships. So far, I have already met so many amazing people from different backgrounds and experiences. I am also focused on getting involved in extracurriculars, such as on-campus publications and philanthropic organizations.

How was it settling into an out of state college?

It has been really helpful to have my sister here to help me settle into college. The hardest adjustment for me has definitely been the cold weather. My first time experiencing snow was actually here at school. Our first snow was on Halloween, which is very early, so as a Floridian, I was freaking out a little. My friends were all making fun of me for being so fascinated by the snow because a lot of them are from places where it snows more often. However, I’ve gotten pretty lucky because our winter has not been that brutal, so I’ve been able to adjust so far.

Do you enjoy college more than high school? If so, why?

Although I do miss home, I enjoy college more than high school because I feel like there is more freedom. Northwestern has given me the ability to explore my academic interests because I can take courses in various subjects. College has also given me a lot of opportunities to try out new extracurriculars and meet new people from all over the world.

Did you always know you wanted to go to college out of state?

I always hoped that I would go to college out of state because I wanted to explore new environments and meet new people. I thought that going out of state would get me out of my comfort zone. When I was deciding where I wanted to go to school, I mostly visited out of state colleges, but I still liked the Florida schools. However, when I visited my sister at Northwestern, I instantly fell in love with it, and always hoped that I would end up there.

What are your favorite parts about college?

My favorite parts about college are spending time with my friends and making new memories. I have met so many amazing people so far. There’s never a dull moment because there’s always stuff going on here. I have also enjoyed the freedom that college gives me to explore different extracurriculars and classes in different subject areas. I am excited to keep meeting new people and discovering more about myself and my academic interests.

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