Here’s another post in our collaboration with @peopleofnu to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Joanna Jaros.Q: “Who is the best teacher you ever had during your time at NU?”A: “My best teacher is Prof. Vinzenz Unger. He is absolutely brilliant, very blunt and down to earth! I just took one class with him and that’s enough to make a lasting impact on me.”Q: “ What do you want to do after graduation?”A: “I am going to work as a project manager for an electronic medical record company and I am currently applying to medical school.”Q: “ What advice do you want to give to the new students on campus?”A: “ Just embrace the experience and make the best of it. Don’t get too stressed out and keep going!”Q: “If you could go back to talk to your freshman year self, what would you want to say?”A: “Relax and get involved early, then just roll with it!”Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s another post in our collaboration with @peopleofnu to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Joanna Jaros.

Q: “Who is the best teacher you ever had during your time at NU?”
A: “My best teacher is Prof. Vinzenz Unger. He is absolutely brilliant, very blunt and down to earth! I just took one class with him and that’s enough to make a lasting impact on me.”

Q: “ What do you want to do after graduation?”
A: “I am going to work as a project manager for an electronic medical record company and I am currently applying to medical school.”

Q: “ What advice do you want to give to the new students on campus?”
A: “ Just embrace the experience and make the best of it. Don’t get too stressed out and keep going!”

Q: “If you could go back to talk to your freshman year self, what would you want to say?”
A: “Relax and get involved early, then just roll with it!”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet senior twins Valentina Garces and Manuela Garces.

Q: “What are your majors?”

A: “Both of our majors are communication studies with minors in economics and we will both do a one year master program of management studies in Kellogg after graduation. We are following the same tracks.”

Q: “Do you have any special powers as twins?”

A: “We can read each other’s mind just by looking at each other. For example if she looked the other way I will know what she was trying to tell me. We have the same cues and primers. She can start a sentence, stop in the middle and I will be able to finish the rest.”

Q: “What were the funniest experiences when growing up as twins?”

A: “When we were little we took each other’s test and we switched classes. I was in a gifted class and she wanted to try it out because she was going to be there too. So I switched class with her. The principal only found out 6 months later. And she laughed and laughed and who sold us out were another pair of twins who were our best friends.”

Q: “What was it like to have a twin sister on campus?”

A: “We were always together. We have been roommates since the junior year. We really like studying in the same place. It just helps when you have someone by your side to remind you what the professor said in the class.”

Q: “Who helped you the most on campus?”

A: “It has to be Debra Webster our academic adviser from School of Communication. She is like a second mom to us. Whenever we feel stressed we will go to her and she will calm us down and help us out.”

Q: “What is the best advice she ever gave you?”

A: “The best advice she gave us is to follow our passion. She used to say, ‘Do not do everything just because your classmates or friends do. Always challenge yourself but also take into account your passion.’”

Q: “What advice do you want to give to people who are not twins?”

A: “They might feel a little bit alienated when they are around us. Because we have this special connection, we can talk to each other just by looking at each other or showing little gestures and they do not know how to deal with it. But since being together all the time and having this special bond, as twins we are actually more open and receptive than normal people. So just talk to us and do not feel freaked out.”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su with Valentina Garces in green jacket and
Manuela Garces in light brown jacket.

Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet School of Education and Social Policy senior Megan McEvily. Q: “Who inspired you on campus?” A: “I would like to say some of the professors, but I think some of the students that were older than me were really my role models.” Q: “Do you have any advice you would give to your younger self?” A: “That’s so difficult. I think when things get hard, it is easier when you’re doing them with friends. For any kind of challenge, doing hard things with friends makes them easier.” Q: “What was you biggest challenge in your time here?” A: “I was in a sorority and I was on the sailing team too. Splitting my time between those was really hard because I loved them both a lot. But I cared about them both so much that splitting my time was worth it. Even though I was really busy, it was okay because it was with things I was passionate about.” Q: “Anything else you want to add?” A: “Do what makes you happy and keep doing it!” Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet School of Education and Social Policy senior Megan McEvily.

Q: “Who inspired you on campus?”
A: “I would like to say some of the professors, but I think some of the students that were older than me were really my role models.”

Q: “Do you have any advice you would give to your younger self?”
A: “That’s so difficult. I think when things get hard, it is easier when you’re doing them with friends. For any kind of challenge, doing hard things with friends makes them easier.”

Q: “What was you biggest challenge in your time here?”
A: “I was in a sorority and I was on the sailing team too. Splitting my time between those was really hard because I loved them both a lot. But I cared about them both so much that splitting my time was worth it. Even though I was really busy, it was okay because it was with things I was passionate about.”

Q: “Anything else you want to add?”
A: “Do what makes you happy and keep doing it!”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Danny Ginzburg.

Q: “What is something you are proud of in you time here at NU?”A: “My senior year, I was one of the co-chairs of Green Cup. It’s something I’m passionate about which is environmental sustainability, both education and action. We were able to save the university thousands of dollars on energy reductions which I think is really cool. It was a fun opportunity for me to manage a large group of people with a shared vision.”Q: “Do you plan on taking anything you’ve learned from that into your future post-graduation life?”A: “That’s a great question. I’ll be essentially doing professional Green Cup starting on Monday, working at a firm called Goby in city. They do energy and sustainability consulting for commercial real estate.”Q: “Do you have one piece of advice for new students?”A: “For anyone who really wants to get the most out of their time both at Northwestern and in Life, from my limited experience, I would say sit yourself down and ask yourself the following questions:1) What makes you unique?2) What makes you happy?3) What is a problem in the world that you want to work to solve?4) Are you currently doing things in your life that make you happy and that solve those problems?And I want you to write down those questions and your answers in a big bold marker and tape them above your desk so you can look at them every single day. And I promise you that if you look at those answers everyday and ask yourself am I doing these things? You’ll find that you will be a happier and more disciplined person and you will be leading a much more meaningful life.”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Danny Ginzburg.

Q: “What is something you are proud of in you time here at NU?”

A: “My senior year, I was one of the co-chairs of Green Cup. It’s something I’m passionate about which is environmental sustainability, both education and action. We were able to save the university thousands of dollars on energy reductions which I think is really cool. It was a fun opportunity for me to manage a large group of people with a shared vision.”

Q: “Do you plan on taking anything you’ve learned from that into your future post-graduation life?”
A: “That’s a great question. I’ll be essentially doing professional Green Cup starting on Monday, working at a firm called Goby in city. They do energy and sustainability consulting for commercial real estate.”

Q: “Do you have one piece of advice for new students?”

A: “For anyone who really wants to get the most out of their time both at Northwestern and in Life, from my limited experience, I would say sit yourself down and ask yourself the following questions:

1) What makes you unique?
2) What makes you happy?
3) What is a problem in the world that you want to work to solve?
4) Are you currently doing things in your life that make you happy and that solve those problems?

And I want you to write down those questions and your answers in a big bold marker and tape them above your desk so you can look at them every single day. And I promise you that if you look at those answers everyday and ask yourself am I doing these things? You’ll find that you will be a happier and more disciplined person and you will be leading a much more meaningful life.”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s the second in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Mariam Gomaa. Q: “What’s one piece of advice you’d share with others?” A: “Don’t let other people, kind of, put you down or tell you that you can’t do something because I think for me, I’m a Creative Writing and Bio double major, it’s like really weird. And a lot of people told me at the beginning that, you know like, why would you do that? Or, like, you can’t do that, that’s so much. Or they don’t make sense together…I just don’t believe in that. I think that if you really want to do everything, you can. I’m a photographer and a writer, I volunteer… I do a lot of stuff and it’s never taken away from my experience in any way. It’s only made me feel like a more full human being.” © 2014 Photo by Sean Su
Here’s the second in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Mariam Gomaa.

Q: “What’s one piece of advice you’d share with others?”

A: “Don’t let other people, kind of, put you down or tell you that you can’t do something because I think for me, I’m a Creative Writing and Bio double major, it’s like really weird. And a lot of people told me at the beginning that, you know like, why would you do that? Or, like, you can’t do that, that’s so much. Or they don’t make sense together…I just don’t believe in that. I think that if you really want to do everything, you can. I’m a photographer and a writer, I volunteer… I do a lot of stuff and it’s never taken away from my experience in any way. It’s only made me feel like a more full human being.”

© 2014 Photo by Sean Su
Leading up to graduation, we’re partnering with People of NU to feature the unique stories and perspectives of members of the Northwestern Class of 2014. Q: “What was your hardest decision at Northwestern?” A: “Oh man, to change my major and not be able to graduate on time. I switched out of Bienen to McCormick when I was so close to finishing the degree. Like it would’ve almost been a formality to finish there, and a lot of people were pressuring me to do that. For me it was a great decision—well maybe not financially—but in general if you stay longer people kind of see that as a failure. Like it’s pretty rare not to graduate on time and if you don’t it’s probably because of some extenuating circumstances. But I can’t say that, I was just doing one thing and, like, a completely new idea bashed me over the head and I just ran with it.” -Kyle Walcott © 2014 Sean Su

Leading up to graduation, we’re partnering with People of NU to feature the unique stories and perspectives of members of the Northwestern Class of 2014.

Q: “What was your hardest decision at Northwestern?”

A: “Oh man, to change my major and not be able to graduate on time. I switched out of Bienen to McCormick when I was so close to finishing the degree. Like it would’ve almost been a formality to finish there, and a lot of people were pressuring me to do that. For me it was a great decision—well maybe not financially—but in general if you stay longer people kind of see that as a failure. Like it’s pretty rare not to graduate on time and if you don’t it’s probably because of some extenuating circumstances. But I can’t say that, I was just doing one thing and, like, a completely new idea bashed me over the head and I just ran with it.” -Kyle Walcott

© 2014 Sean Su