One of the interesting aspects of college life is all of the opportunities outside class to enrich your experience. They can range from studying abroad, gaining research experience, connecting with a mentor, or joining a valuable organization. Although I have taken advantage of many of these opportunities, my most recent adventure has been serving as the President of the Mortar Board Senior Honors Society. I learned about the organization when I met members of Mortar Board when I was a Freshman. Right then, I knew I wanted to strive to become a part of the group. Mortar Board is a way to recognize high achieving Seniors while giving back to the community, developing leadership skills, and promoting academic excellence. Although I already have my job set up for after college, this opportunity allows me a way to continue to step out of my comfort zone and work on skills that include leadership, public speaking, and event planning. Whatever path I end up taking in my career as an actuary, from analyst to manager to executive skills such as these will always be valuable. Whether you look to join this organization or many other across campus, getting involved in engaged learning opportunities exposes you to important attributes that you cannot learn in a classroom.
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I am now several weeks into my Fall semester of my senior year, and everything is going great!! This year, unlike years past I do not have a hectic class schedule since I only have a few more left to take. My classes actually consist of some fun classes such as Golf, Basketball, and App Writing for Android Phones. In spite of this fact, I am still quite busy!! On top of being an NLA, I am involved in several organizations, I am currently working on my Honors Independent Study research project, and I use any off time to study for my next of many Actuarial Certification Exams coming up in November. I have to say although I am once again busy, this semester is turning out to be very enjoyable. Throughout my years here at Northern, I would have to say my most enjoyable class would be when I took a University Honors Seminar titled the Physics of Sports. Each class, we took a different sport and dissected the elements of physics that go into becoming successful in that sport. Our end project was to take our favorite sport and research and present on the physics of the activity. Being a huge sports fan, it was the most fun I have ever had in a class. I am hoping by the end of the semester, I can say similar things about my classes this semester.
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My name is Tyler Hendry, and I am an Actuarial Sciences Major within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University. Originally, I am from the outskirts of Elgin, Illinois and I attended high school in the small town of Hampshire. At Hampshire, I was able to explore my love of sports and participate in Football, Basketball, and Baseball along with my school work.
I originally chose to go to NIU, because of the close proximity to home, generous scholarship money, and family ties to the university. Now that I have been at Northern a few years, I can honestly say it was the right choice for me. This upcoming year will be my senior year, and I have the pleasure of being part of the Northern Lights Ambassadors group. As an NLA member, I will be participating in the Student and Civic Engagement committee where our main goal is to promote programs and opportunities to the community and students. I chose to become a Northern Lights Ambassador so that I could help students find their place in this large University. There are many different activities and events where students can express their interests, help the community, and find like minded individuals as well. The part I am most excited about though is getting to know all of the wonderful student leaders in NLA and across campus.
At Northern, the most rewarding experience has been working with the University Honors Program. I have met all different kinds of students, improved communication skills, and began building my network, and that was on top of the smaller class sizes and amazing professors.
Overall, Northern has been an amazing place to be, and I am excited to help give back as a Northern Lights Ambassador.
Until next time,