Fall 2013: New Student Profiles

We contacted some of our new students to see what they plan to do when they arrive at George Williams College this fall.

Here's what we learned from those that responded:

 

Alex Ondler

Rochester, Minnesota

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

The class structure as well as the view is what really drew me here.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Psychology and Social Sciences.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

New experiences and new friends.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I have joined the Aurora University Cross Country team and i hope to join/start a theatre group here at GWC.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

My ability to see win-win situations and a large selection of jokes

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

What?

 

Gina Jones

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

Because its a small and interesting college. I love the class sizes and I believe I can succeed here.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Undecided, but I have interest in psychology or social work.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Room sizes, good and class sizes, I know I will be able to focus more on class. No PARTIES!

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Confident...I know if I want to do it, I will and can. I believe in myself even when no one else does!

 

Emmie Contreras

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

Once I had my tour and orientation, I realized I couldn't see myself going anywhere else. I fell in love with the school, campus, professors, and student aura.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Undecided, however I plan to work with children.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

To have an entirely new experience with new surroundings and people.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I play volleyball, so I would like to see myself continuing that in some way. Also, I play violin...so something along the lines of that would be nice.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

My personality. Not saying it's anything amazing, but it is different and meeting new people can always impact you in some way or another.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Open-minded.

 

Luis Nava

Carpentersville, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

i chose the school because i like the environment

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Writing and English.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

im most excited about living on my own.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

i want to get involved in sports and other musical extracarriculars.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

the most important thing ill bring is winter attire.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Peculiar.

 

Lakeyla Patterson

Chicago, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I choose GWC because it is a small school with smaller classroom sizes. I'm more of a hands-on, visual learner, so that preference is what's best for me.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

I am interested in Psychology & Sociology.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

I'm most excited about settling into a new setting and starting a new journey somewhere outside of home. I'm also excited about gaining more responsibility as an young adult.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

While attending GWC, I do plan to be apart of any cultural based group. Volleyball is and will forever be a sport I play. One club I plan to start is a Religion (Christian) based club. And that reason being that I have leadership roles and ministries that I'm going to be away from while at school and away from church.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

I envision my ministry of help being the most important asset I bring to campus.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Optimistic

 

David Warme

Des Plaines, Illinois

Class of 2017

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Parks and Recreation.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Meeting new people and sharing our knowledge together.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

Computer Club, fishing and outdoors.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

Bring people together to have fun and share my experience with fishing.

 

Kiaya Kowalski

Hebron, Illinois

Class of 2015

Why GWC?

I choose GWC because I felt the degree requirements were a good mix of fun and serious.  I feel like GWC also strongly encourages their students to be progressive individuals more than I feel other universities do.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Writing and English.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

I'm really excited about starting my classes because they are already so intriguing, but I am also looking very forward to possibly renting out a kayak and enjoying the lakefront on GWC!

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

As a commuter student I am not sure how much time I will have for extracurriculars on the grounds, but I was excited by many.  The sailing club really caught my eye but so did a few others.  I'm sure I will dabble in a few if I get the chance!

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

For most things I feel a progressive and determined attitude can make you go far.  As well as open-mindedness and just being willing to learn.  I think that with what I'm expecting to gain from my GWC classes will be vital to the success I feel I am going to have.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Eccentric.

 

JaKoyi King

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I chose GWC because it is a smaller school and the staff seems to be more involved with the students.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Social Work.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Being on my own.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

The most important thing I believe I will bring to campus is just to always look at the brighter side of things. No matter what you're going through there's always someone else that was wishing they were in your place.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Ambitious.

 

Payton Curtin

South Elgin, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I like that we are able to have one-on-one conversations and get help easier from professors. I really like that it is a smaller, quiet, and relaxing school. I know that I will be able to work hard on my studies without many distractions.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Criminal Justice, because I like working with people and law enforcement really interests me.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Having a more mature education and becoming a more independent person.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I am going to look into all the clubs and activates we have on campus but one that really caught my eye is Sailing Club.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

A better outlook on my studies and doing my work, and just a positive attitude about the future.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Outgoing.

 

Bryce Lalor

Hebron, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

The small size and it had the major I wanted.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Parks & Recreation.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Starting college and Studying Parks & Recreation.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

Undecided.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

Desire to succeed.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Driven

 

Tia Powell

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I chose GWC because it's truly amazing.  It meets all my needs in a college.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

English and Writing...because I love English.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

I'm super excited to meet new people.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

If I had it my way I would get involved in everything,  but I know I want to start a drama club.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

The most important thing I will bring is my awesome personality.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Upbeat.

 

Miranda Skukan

Schaumburg, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I chose GWC because they had my major and they were strong in it. Also because of the small classrooms and 10:1 student to faculty ratio, I need all the help I can get. Plus of course the beautiful view you get to see everyday and live on.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Psychology and Social Work

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

I'm so excited to be part of a friendly, small and beautiful community. The school year looks like it will be so much fun! Especially live away from home and the dorms are so big and private.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I'm actually looking forward to the sailing club. It sounds interesting and fun. Also maybe do volleyball for fun.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

My hard work and doing the best that I can do this following school year.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Fun

 

Tanner Spring

Byron, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I choose GWC because of the inviting atmosphere, the unique educational experience.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Social Work.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I plan to be involved in many of the clubs on campus such as the  sailing club, equestrian club, volleyball and music.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

I believe that the most important thing I will bring to the campus is leaderships skills and ideas to help grow campus life.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Unique.

 

Berenice Alonzo

Belvidere, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I chose GWC because it seems like a relaxing place and I think it will be a good environment to study in.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

My major is Social Work and if possible a major in Spanish also.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

For the upcoming year I am most excited about all the new people I will meet and to see how my life will change in the next couple of years at GWC.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I don't think I want to be involved in any extracurricular activities or clubs just yet, I would first like to see how school goes and then maybe I would like to be involved in possibly sailing or volleyball, but I would also like to try different activities to see which ones I like best.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

What I envision to be the most important thing to bring to campus are my ears, kind of a strange answer, but I am very easy to talk to and if anyone is ever in need to talk to someone my ears are always open for listening and their problems/secrets/etc. are always safe with me.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Friendly

 

Baylee Hoff

Brodhead, Wisconsin

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I chose George Williams College because it was so different from the stereotypical college. Its small size and close community provided a place that felt like home away from home. Considering its size, GWC has many opportunities for students to learn and be involved. GWC is not a college for anyone but rather a school built for individuals striving for success. I found that George Williams College above all other schools would provide me with a innovative and integrative education that would set me a part from the rest.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Forensic Psychology

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

I am looking forward to meeting new people and becoming involved on the GWC campus.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I would like to be involved in the sailing club. I have a passion for music and would love to see a concert band formed.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

The most important thing that I will bring to GWC is my love of learning and ability to be openminded.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Studious

 

Robbie Dunk

Grayslake, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

Its a great outdoor college that complements my major.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Parks and Recreation.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Meeting new friends.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

Fishing, Sailing, Swimming, Basketball.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

Excitement and Honesty.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Determined.

 

Karolina Skerrett

Chicago, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

No other college felt the same as when I first visited GWC. Being here just felt right. This close-knit campus community drew me in with small class sizes. I was worried that I wasn't going to have much of a presence in a school with a large student population.

What is your Major/Academic Interest?

Social Work.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

I'm excited about it all!

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

I plan on participating in any vocal groups on campus. Singing in choirs is something I've done for a long time so hopefully I get to continue this in college. I want to get involved in as much as I can as long as it doesn't interfere with my studies.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

My ability to understand different perspectives.

In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Willing.

 

Kelsey Gough

Spring Grove, Illinois

Class of 2017

Why GWC?

I chose GWC because I liked the close-knit community, friendly faculty, small class sizes, and not to mention it was close to home.

What are you most excited about for the upcoming college year?

Im excited about gaining knowledge, but also to use it well in the world.

What extracurricular activities/clubs do you plan to be involved in or start ?

Music has always been a passion of mine and I would I like be involved in something at GWC like that.

What do you envision as the most important thing/item/idea you will bring to campus?

One of the most important things I'll be bring is my computer, I’ll need it.