125stories Photos & Videos

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For 125 years, Tullie House has been a place for sharing stories. It’s also a place where stories are made. Stories like yours. Be part of our next exhibition and tell us your Tullie tale to help us celebrate our special year. Join us at a drop-in on Thursday 6th December, from 1pm-6pm. No need to book, we’ll be ready and waiting to talk to you! #Tullie125 #Carlisle #Museum #125stories #TullieNeedsYou 📸 Charlie Hedley

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Be part of our next #exhibition and #Tullie125 celebrations by sharing your favourite stories of Tullie House. Join us on Thurs 6 Dec, between 1-4pm, for the first of our special drop-in sessions and come and share your Tullie story. We can’t wait to hear all your fantastic memories! #125Stories #Carlisle #Museum 📸 Charlie Hedley

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"For many it is a surprise having a Catholic student at a Covenant seminary, but my undergraduate experience at NPU made my decision to attend NPTS easier and pleasant. My favorite thing about the community is the hospitality. [...] It is a second family. It is a community of faith and a community of prayer.” Nadine Bitar C’14, S’18 @npuchicago #125stories at North Park Theological Seminary

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All North Park Everything: “There is a myth at North Park that says if you step on the compass in the middle of campus, you will not graduate in four years. Well, I would like to honor that by saying proudly, that I have never stepped on the compass and will not until I am in cap and gown on graduation with a diploma in hand! #NORTHPARKTILIDIE#anpe #125stories Ellie Weihsmann C’17 Music Education Major Read more: http://npu.me/EllieWeihsmann at North Park University

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From small town South Dakota to Big City street evangelism: “Street evangelism is about spreading the seed of the Gospel; casting a wide net... I think it’s important to go out and hit the streets with the Gospel. I believe that personal evangelism, becoming friends with someone is the best way to do it... There are going to be a lot of people downtown who will never come in contact with a Christian, who [will] never step foot in a church, so even for them just to hear that message is powerful, I think." Barrett Loehrer C’18 Exercise Science and Biblical and Theological Studies Double Major #125stories Read more: http://npu.me/barrettloehrer at North Park University

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What will your legacy be? “My dad graduated from North Park University in 2008, and directly after, he became a Registered Nurse and was able to petition me, my younger sister, and my mom to come to the United States. When I was still in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines, I would hear great stories about his journey, and I wanted to understand his experience of becoming a successful North Park alumni." Michaela Alcantara C’18 Nursing Major #125stories Read more: http://npu.me/MichaelaAlcantara at North Park University

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“Growing up in the Covenant church meant I have always known about North Park. Naturally, it was one of the first universities I decided to pursue. When I first arrived on campus, I felt an instant calm to my heart." Corey Anderson C’17
Sociology Major #125stories at North Park University

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Stepping outside of our comfort zone breeds great experiences: _______________ “Coming from Sweden, which is a pretty secular country, I was not used to having this Christian aspect to education. I actually enjoyed my Bible courses, it gives me a different perspective of what other people think. It helps me understand why other people act the way they do and made me more open-minded.” Joakim Widdas C’18 Business and Economics Finance Major #125stories Be inspired: http://npu.me/joakimw at North Park University

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Being a nursing major has instilled so much: “For me, in order to learn, I need to see the purpose, and I need to find the future connections. I am reminded daily of what I am doing and the purpose that I am currently serving and will continue to serve as I further my education. I am overwhelmed by a number of wonderful people I have met and the experiences I have had. I never thought I would come across a ‘calling’ or strong pull toward a profession, but now that I have felt it, I am so excited to continue down this path.” Erika Dwight C’18 Nursing Major http://npu.me/erikadwight #125stories

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“North Park is a place of intentionality, where people go beyond the surface in hard conversations.” #125stories Robert Cager C’14, S’19 Master of Divinity North Park Theological Seminary Read more: npu.me/robertcager125 @robertacager at North Park Theological Seminary

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Small town vibe, big city location: “People say that a good thing about this school is that the professors get to know you more than if you were at a big school, and if you want to talk to them, you can. It didn’t register how nice that would be until I experienced it first-hand." #125stories Leah Emerson C’18 Psychology and Advertising Double Major Read more: npu.me/leahemerson125 Follow our wonderful photographer: @leahemersonn at North Park University

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Use your time wisely: “I read a business article, I can’t remember where from, but it essentially said this: 'there are 1,440 minutes in every single day, and time is the most valuable thing on earth, even more so than money. Money can be lost and made again, but time spent can never be retrieved.'" Paul Clines C’16 Business and Economics Major #125stories Read more: http://npu.me/paulclines125

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Take advantage of the resources and opportunities you're provided with: “I was born and raised in vibrant and culturally diverse Miami, Florida. I come from a background which includes Jamaica, China, India, Africa, and America... I began college with a thought most do: ‘You’re on your own.’ However, for me the thought is now far from the truth as there is always a resource, always a shoulder, and always a hand. And for such experiences, I am grateful." Seanna Wong-Nyaku C’18 Theatre and Communications Double Major #125stories • Read More: http://npu.me/seannawong at North Park University

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Lower Wacker Drive is a place North Parkers have served for over 10 years: “Street Min is a relational ministry that seeks to form bonds between North Park students and the homeless community in Lower Wacker Drive through food. So we bring a meal, and we talk with them. “I was drawn to it because it sounded a lot like my church back home in Indianapolis. A lot of the population of my church was homeless. It is life changing, because you get to be with those individuals and hear their story, how they think. You see their lifestyle, and it makes you think about how you’re living your life. “And who doesn’t want to make another friend? It’s a good break from going out on Friday night. If you are a follower of Christ, it’s a good way to see the image of God in someone else other than students. It’s important to know that we’re all created in God’s image.” Noah Grammer C’19 Conflict Transformation Studies Major #125stories Read more: http://npu.me/noahgrammer at North Park University

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You can explore the world: “I studied abroad in Ecuador for a quad with 10 other students. The year I went, Linda Parkyn came as well. So of course, President Parkyn thought it’d be natural for him to join as well. He was with us for a total of two weeks, but I really got to know him. He’s hilarious, you’d never really know, but he is such a funny guy; and he and Linda Parkyn together are just a comedic team, and I love them. I say hi, and we chat now. #TeamParkyn” Kajsa Long C’17 Secondary Education and English with Minor in Spanish http://npu.me/kajsalong #125stories at North Park University

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“I grew up on a mission base in Ghana with an international community. It had its own culture and environment. I lived there until I was ten, and most of my relationships were with other people just like me on the base. We did go to school outside of the base, and you would meet kids there, and catch this glimpse of the everyday Ghanaian’s life, but still my life felt so different from theirs." Frank Roberts C’18 English and Creative Writing Major #125stories Read more: http://npu.me/frankroberts at North Park University

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Linda Nelson is one of over 200 graduates who will go on to do greater things after Friday. Here's her 125 story: “After working several years as a musician in different churches in Sweden, I felt the longing to pursue an education in church music... As a music student, I am so grateful to work with and learn from some of the best musicians and teachers in their field. I have also been given the opportunity to serve as a vocalist at Willow Creek Chicago under the leadership of Stephen Kelly and as a worship leader for the North Park community. Both experiences have greatly shaped me in my role as a worship leader and musician." Linda Nelson Nordh C’16 Music in Worship Major #125stories Read More: http://npu.me/lindanelson125

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“I grew up in Chicago for the first fifteen years of my life. I grew up on the south side, I lived all over on the south side. There are stigmas, and conceptions people have about the South Side, and they’re true in a sense, but I lived on a pretty good block..." Anthony Johnson C’17 Marketing Major #125stories Read more: http://npu.me/125anthonyj at North Park University

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This is an inspiring NPU story you'll want to share! “Four years ago, I was a part of a fiber arts class [as a freshmen]. For our final, we needed to make either a doll or stuffed animal. I chose a doll, using as many recycled materials as possible... Not long after, I found myself in Nicaragua where my family had moved for six months. I encountered poverty like we just don’t see in the U.S.... Oli-Bo-Bolly Dolly was created. For every doll I sold, I made a second to give away to a girl in need. Each had a tag with a positive message attached, telling the girls: They are Beautiful, They are Loved, They are One-Of-A-Kind, They are Special, or They are Created-For-A-Purpose... My business had now officially evolved into Buy-A-Doll, Give-A-Doll, Give-A-Woman-A-Job..." Olivea Borden C’20 Math Education major #125stories Read the rest of Olivea's story: http://npu.me/125oliveab at North Park University

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"People who have really inspired and challenged me as a creative have invested their time and knowledge in me. It was through those individuals I was able to make leaps and bounds with my creativity and push the boundaries of my potential." Jesse Schroeder C’17 Media Studies major 125npustories.com #125stories at North Park University

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“I’m originally from a small town called Bowling Green in Kentucky, and I moved to Chicago to pursue a nursing career in the Windy City." Carla Rodriguez C’19 Nursing Major Read more: 125npustories.com #125stories at North Park University

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“I am equally excited about my internship at Stateville Correctional Center. I am stoked to have the privilege to be able to get to know, learn from, and share the stories of the guys there...This year I am looking forward to learning from an amazing pastor and members of a local congregation at which I have been placed as pastoral intern...” Jordan Doles S’17, Master of Divinity North Park Theological Seminary #125stories Read more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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Fantastic NPU 125 Story: “I honestly knew nothing about North Park when I started applying to colleges, until my dad told me that my great-grandfather, Algoth Ohlson, was president of the university back in the 30s and 40s. I had to check it out!..." Kathryn Cederborg C’17 Music Education Major, Music for Social Change and Human Values Certificate #125stories Read more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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“Having grown up in a rural community of 1,000 people, living in Chicago is quite different from what I was used to as a kid. I appreciate the wealth of cultural experiences and perspectives that open up my eyes beyond the more homogenous cultural context in which I grew up.” Eric Landin S’16, NPU Alumnus C'08 Master of Divinity, North Park Theological Seminary #125stories For more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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"I have heard that ‘Chicago is our classroom’ and that could not be more true. Taking the train and experiencing the different neighborhoods of Chicago has been fun. We have museums and parks and great food. I wasn’t prepared for how much fun I was going to have exploring the city and getting to know people from all around the country and around the world." Lacy Dahlstrom C'17 Psychology Major #125stories Read more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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“At North Park, I had the opportunity to study abroad and spent a two-month quad in Ecuador with a host family. I grew academically and as a person. Studying abroad made me love Spanish and the culture even more.” Ric (Frederick) Anderson C’17 Spanish Education Major • • • Read more: 125npustories.com/ #125stories at North Park University

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North Park has students who truly want to make an impact: “My goal is to be a go-between for nonprofits and police forces, focusing on how to care for people coming out of human-trafficking.” Morgan Charlier C‘17 Sociology and Criminal Justice Major #125stories Read more of Morgan's story: 125npustories.com

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“...There I fully engaged the skills and passions I fostered at North Park University. These allowed me to perform at a caliber equal to (if not higher than) the student colleagues I had from Big Ten and Ivy League universities... So, why do I bring this up? This is by no means a ploy to boast my personal accomplishments. Rather, I hope to motivate current students and captivate the ambitious minds of perspective students. North Park University is a gem and I want to take my available space in the #125stories project to emphasize that..." Nicholas Collar C’17 Biology Major, Pre-Medicine Track Read more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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Lisa Woes-Hare Daniels discusses how she came from Cape Town, South Africa to attend North Park as a Biology Major on our pre-medical track. Watch her amazing story! #125stories Explore the rest of her story at http://125npustories.com/

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Amazing story here: “On my first day of high school, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be and I told her I wanted to be a nurse. She laughed in my face and told me the most I would ever do would be a manager at McDonald’s...So I took her advice and got a job at McDonald’s. Within three months I was offered a job as manager. It made me realize I’m a smart person and I can pursue my dreams..." Marilyn Felix, C’18 Nursing Major Read the rest of Marilyn's #125stories: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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"I’m from Ecuador. In Ecuador, there were not a lot of opportunities and income power...I decided to major in economics. I like history and I like philosophy, and I decided economics covers all these behaviors, like how we buy a house, how money works. … I think [it] is kind of the philosophy of our times. Nobody knows what exactly is going on, but they try to describe it and explain it and find a solution.” Jorge Ortiz C’17 Business and Economics Major #125stories Read more: http://bit.ly/2asYSkS at North Park University

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“Prepárate has given me the opportunity to meet new people, to be open-minded, and not be scared to show who we are and what Latinos are able to do." Diego Salgado C’19 Mathematics and Secondary Education Major North Park's Prepárate program is a day-long orientation for Latino/Latina students enrolling in North Park. #125stories Read more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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“I was born in Congo, but I was raised in Sweden. One day I was on the train and I saw a poster that said study abroad [and] I decided to go to this school fair. I met someone from North Park there...So I came here... At first, I was not open to tell my story to other people. I thought, ‘No, my story is not that significant for other people to hear.’ But I realized we each have a voice, and we have to tell people our stories, and we have to show people that, yes, we are standing. Maybe someone can learn from me.” Triphose Khonde C’17 Psychology Major #125stories Read the rest of Triphose's story: http://bit.ly/29lQ3IV at North Park University

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"I grew up in Denmark...I always wanted to learn English so I started with writing short stories. Since I'm a hopeless romantic, [I had to write] a romance story. I look back at it now and think it was terrible, but you have to start somewhere. I kept writing stories, and I loved it." Stephen Nielsen, C’19 English – Creative Writing Major #125stories Read more: 125npustories.com at North Park University

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“As I get ready to finish my first year as a dual-degree student, [I feel that] this first year has been so fruitful. I’ve gotten to share my Latino culture, roots, history, language. I am encouraged to speak up and share my story; I am welcomed at the table and know that I am unique not just because I’m another ‘golden token.' ” Meztli Aurora Gonzalez S’19 Master of Arts in Christian Formation & Master of Nonprofit Administration + North Park Theological Seminary Read more of Meztli's story: http://bit.ly/28HEuDF #125stories at North Park, Chicago

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“I was recruited to play football at North Park, then I decided to join the track and field and ROTC programs as well. But after my first semester, I stayed because of the people. North Park has become my home because of the people that surround me. The guys on the football team are some of the best people I have ever met, and I’ve made lifelong friends as a result.” Nick French C’18 Criminal Justice Major #125stories at North Park University

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“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to attend North Park. I have grown tremendously, both spiritually and academically, because of the many open doors here. I have been a leader in many capacities and I have also learned to be a great follower. You can’t be a great leader if you don’t learn to follow." Brianna Nixon C’17 Elementary Education (Biology) Major #125stories Read more: http://bit.ly/1TUUyaA at North Park University

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“I think transferring has been worth it. If I didn’t come here, I wouldn’t have gone to India twice. I wouldn’t have the internship that I have here. I’d still be at [my previous school], doing my own thing, not following what God’s plan for what my life has been. Even though it was hard coming here, God never said following him would be easy.” Marcus Payne II C’17 BTS and Communications Double Major #125stories Read More: http://bit.ly/1YWF1Lw at North Park University

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“This summer I’m going to Thailand with Professor Tom Zelle, from the music department, and six other students. It’s ten weeks, and we’ll be studying a system called Education in Human Values—teaching with ethics. It’s really unconventional: it involves meditation, an all-vegetarian diet, and discussing our carbon footprint. It’s about learning without being motivated by competition—it’s supposed to be inwardly motivated. It’s simple learning. By the end of it, I’ll have a certificate to teach in this way. North Park offers a unique education. I’ve found that it attracts all kinds of students. Racially diverse, yes, but also diverse socio-economically. We have a lot of commuter students, different educational backgrounds, different writing abilities. I am very impressed with the faculty’s ability to teach to all those different levels. I’ve felt challenged. I think it takes really good teachers to pull that off.” Jessica Sardar C’18 Politics and Government and Philosophy Double Major #125stories Read More: http://bit.ly/22gsLqV

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“I owe everything to my mom. She’s worked her whole life cleaning houses, just so I can do this—sit and think about things. I want to go to grad school. If I’m smart enough, I hope to get a PhD and teach. I plan to give her all the diplomas I earn. I’ll make copies of them for myself. She deserves them. “I grew up without a dad. I don’t think people realize how much boys try to be like their fathers. I remember friends growing up saying, ‘I want to be a cop because my dad’s a cop.’ I didn’t have that. I hope this isn’t weird for them, but I met Greg Clark and Karl Clifton-Soderstrom, two philosophy professors here. In a really strange way, I found father figures—men I could look up to and try to be like. They’re good men to try to emulate.” Ricardo Huerta C’18 Philosophy and Biblical and Theological Studies Double Major #125stories Happy #mothersday Tag mom here! http://bit.ly/246db6a

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“Politicians polarize and divide communities as a part of their election strategies. Unfortunately, as a nation we are starting to see the consequences of those strategies. But that’s not what we as a community should focus on. When we can find unity and common ground, then the community can really progress.” Albany Park native and Von Steuben High School alum Gerson Ramirez has a deep passion for the community, social justice, and progress. Growing up in the neighborhood surrounding North Park, Gerson found kinship in its—from food to people, he loves the rich tapestry of this community he calls home. Gerson Ramirez C’16 Sociology Major, Business & Economics Minor #125stories Read more of Gerson's story here: http://bit.ly/1SCbVwM at North Park University

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“I come from a pretty homogenous group of people in a white suburb in Massachusetts, so moving to Chicago was kind of a shock. Making that shift to the city of Chicago, surrounded by so many different cultures and ethnicities and backgrounds, has opened my eyes and given me a more holistic view of the world." “I just got back from the Sankofa trip, which was a powerful, heavy experience. Coming from my background, racial conversations and reconciliation just aren’t talked about. Being at North Park, you sort of get bombarded by the conversation in some ways." Hayley Sheaff C’16 Biblical and Theological Studies Major and Communications Minor #125stories Read more of Hayley's story here: http://bit.ly/1VC6sw0

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“North Park is like what I imagined a university would be like. It is the place I was hoping to go, but in real life. I wanted a place that shared many of my values as a religious man. As a Christian university, North Park is very similar to the Islamic universities I have experienced and enjoyed. To prospective Muslim students, I would say not to be afraid of coming to North Park. Christianity and Islam share many values, and the professors, staff, and students will all respect and welcome you here. I would also encourage North Park students to be open to sharing their skills and knowledge with people in the Muslim world.” Malianleh Yuusif G’17 Master of Human Resource Management Finish Malianleh's #125stories here: http://bit.ly/239bog4

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“I originally came to the United States when I was 15. I escaped poverty and violence, and left my family in Guatemala. I came here by myself. “I got into biology, because in my country, Guatemala, it’s not easy to get medical help. So I was thinking, if I can study biology and then go to medical school, I would probably go back and help people, educate them as well. I like science. I want to maybe become a surgeon. “The staff here at North Park has been really helpful. They want to help, and they want you to succeed. I’m in the Lighthouse program as well; they help you cope with everything academically that is thrown at you, as well as your social life, and knowing how to plan out your days. I feel successful, and like I’m getting better each semester. “The diversity at North Park was part of what drew me to the school. There are people from lots of different racial backgrounds, but they like to be in their own groups. They like to be separate. There’s not a lot of connections between them. I would like for everyone to want to get to know other groups. It’s important—you can learn a lot from other people.” Laick Sache C’2018 Biology Major, Pre-Medicine Track undergraduate #125stories

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Kyla Robison is spending the first part of this semester studying abroad in Ecuador. “It’s an amazing experience. I am with the group from North Park of ten students and we are all living with our own host families which is so fun—even though it’s hard at times to constantly speak Spanish. There’s no better way to learn a language than by being fully surrounded by it for two months. “We spent some time in Quito and the jungle, and are now studying in Cuenca. It is a completely unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Something I have valued about my North Park experience is the unexpected. I love that the craziest things can happen at the craziest times.” #125stories for more go to: 125npustories.com Kyla Robison C’2018 Elementary Education Major

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“My family immigrated from Mexico when I was 11. We were getting threats from people, and if we’d stayed, we would’ve probably gotten killed. So we ended up in California’s Central Valley. The Central Valley really formed who I was. It’s agriculturally based, a huge agricultural and immigrant community. I worked in the fields at a really young age with my mom. “So growing up very poor, I think it humbled me a lot. There are kids who came from Central America or Mexico, and they don’t get to go to school. They’ve got to work, because they have family back home that’s starving. So I’m not going to school just for me. This isn’t even for me. It’s, one, for God, and two, for my family and the people that I work with and are around me. I know there are serious circumstances that keep them from going to school, but how can my education help them in the future? How can I go back to the Valley and help my people? “I was president of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) until last semester. This year, I wanted to take my skills and everything I’ve learned at North Park, and apply to it the real world. So I’m an intern this semester at the YMCA headquarters, working in the diversity and inclusion department, focusing on how to push diversity and inclusion at a national and global level. If it weren’t for the Faith and Justice Team, LASO, and my major, I wouldn’t be so focused on this work.” Last fall, Carmen was honored as one of the top students in the state, receiving the Student Laureate Award and an educational grant from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Carmen Velazquez-Alvarez C’2016 Conflict Transformation Studies Major Certificate in Nonprofit Management #125stories

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“My freshman year at North Park, I had cancer. I was 18; I’m currently 20. I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, cancer in your lymph nodes. I had a mass on my neck, and in the biopsy they discovered the cancer. It was really life-changing: going through chemotherapy, going through radiation, and doing college. I stayed enrolled. I went to classes two to three times a week and every other day did chemotherapy. It was hard to keep up with homework and with friends. I’m cured now—a year and six months cancer-free. ... My advisor at North Park suggested I pursue becoming a biomedical engineer. It’s an emerging field in engineering. They close the gap between medicine and engineering—creating prosthetic legs and arms, working with radiation. It’s my way of giving back. That’s what I really want to do. I remember when I went through radiation, there was a lot of engineers there working with the mapping of where to radiate, creating the mask, and that’s something that really impacted me. ... I’m the first one in my family to go to college, so it was something that I was afraid of. I didn’t know what to expect, but I really enjoy the community at North Park. You can definitely feel the sense that the professors really do care about you. In my case, I had a really great experience with my professors, and I could talk to them about any issue I have.” Daniel Viramontes C’2018 Physics and Engineering Major #125stories Read more at 125npustories.com

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Our Enhanced ePlay of And Then There Were None commemorates 125 years of Agatha Christie! Find out more at @samuelfrenchnyc! #125stories

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