Student Spotlight: Ryan Mishler


Student Spotlight

By Ali Combs

Ryan Mishler is a senior community leadership and civic engagement major.

Northern Star: Why is community leadership and civic engagement your major?

Ryan Mishler: I want to make a difference in the world, to make the world a better place. Specifically, I want to work for a non-profit organization.

NS: What kind of non-profit do you want to work for?

RM: I want to work for a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights non-profit.

NS: Are you involved in any campus activities? What are your favorite hobbies?

RM: I’m involved with NIU Prism, the LGBT group on campus. I really like to read, but lately I’ve been reading mainly textbooks.

NS: Can you tell me something very few people know about you?

RM: I was born three months premature.

NS: What is something especially interesting about you?

RM: You know how people can be funny when they don’t mean to be? I’m that.

NS: What is your big five-year plan?

RM: Right now I’m looking for a summer internship with an LGBT non-profit that will hopefully turn into an entry-level position. I’m also possibly looking at going for a master’s in public policy. Nothing’s for sure yet. To be continued.

NS: What is the most rewarding aspect of college?

RM: I have so much faculty and staff that work actively to see me succeed. I’m academically challenged, and I’m pushed to be the best student I can be.

NS: What is one thing you want to try before you die?

RM: I want to run for public office.

NS: Do you have any advice for your fellow students?

RM: Don’t judge others too harshly. We’re al doing the best we can with what we’ve got.

NS: Is there anything else you want to share?

RM: I’m so proud to be a Huskie.