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That time I transferred schools to change my major

Jack Baudoin

February 12, 2020

Many people change their major while in college, but fewer people move to a new school for that change. This is exactly what I did.After spending four years at Illinois State University, I realized late in the game I wanted to study journalism instead of geology, and ISU was not the place for me to do...

Fill in the blank: My advice for the end of the semester is…


Northern Star Staff

December 2, 2019

Stay organizedKyle Mathas | ContributorWhen it comes to the end of the semester, students can lose the motivation to do the work their classes require. Although it can be very difficult to do the work that the teachers give out, it is very important to keep stress levels at a minimum heading towards t...

Officials host inaugural First-Generation Student Success Conference

Taher Zeitoun

November 12, 2018

DeKALB — NIU and professors from surrounding colleges gathered to discuss the success of the CHANCE [Counseling Help and Assistance Necessary for a College Education] program and share ideas on how to best serve first-generation students. A first generation student is defined as one whose parents ...

Egyptian screens college classic

Parker Otto

October 15, 2018

On the eve of Homecoming weekend, the comedy classic” Animal House” was screened 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. The iconic film should be seen by the college audience it was made for, and there’s no better time than now.The film features laughs galore, a chaotic cli...

Seven Considerations when thinking about joining Greek life

Abby Wisecarver

October 12, 2018

For some people, joining a sorority or fraternity is the best part about their college career. Others pride themselves in never participating in it. Whether Greek life is for you or not, there are many considerations to think about before joining. So, buckle up for a bumpy ride down Greek Row. CostT...

Make Home Feel a Little Less Far Away

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Sarah Lalond

October 11, 2018

Homesickness can be a paradox. You’re excited to be at college. After all, you did make the choice to apply and commit to NIU. Novelly, you have the opportunity to take classes that genuinely interest you. Still, after the school supplies are purchased and classes have started, there can be a linge...

The Collegiate Road Less Traveled

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Afia Jones

October 2, 2018

Out of the 17 million U.S. students in undergraduate programs, one out of five are at least 30 years old, 44 percent come from parents who did not receive bachelor's degrees and about half are financially independent from their parents, according to the National Center for Education.As shown by these...

Fill in the blank: My experience as a first generation student is….

Northern Star Staff

September 23, 2018

Being a first generation student is....Josie Janicki | Perspective Contributor...lonesome, yet strengthening.I went to a community college before coming to NIU, and everything is different. That being said, I am experiencing everything by myself. As an underclassman, I still lived at home and was su...

Flames engulf the experience of welcome week

Afia Jones

September 6, 2018

 After a week of ice breakers, packets of syllabuses and personal introductions that you’ve reiterated so much it feels like you’ve memorized a script containing your major, year and hometown, we can all rejoice that it is finally over.Hopefully, you have survived the first week of school or as I call ...

Get Involved on Campus!

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Ashley Hines

August 30, 2018

Northern Illinois University may seem like a pretty boring place because it is in the middle of nowhere, but there is a lot more to do than you think.During the fall semester, there are tailgate parties at the Northern Illinois University home football games. The games mainly occur on fridays or satur...

What to Expect After Move-In Day

Ashley Hines

August 29, 2018

Moving away from home is a high school graduate’s dream. However, sometimes it's not all cracked up to be.Freshman year of college can be the hardest, because people are moving from their childhood home right to living on their own. For some, this is an easy transition, but for others it can be extre...

An Open Letter to Incoming Freshmen

Maddie Barrett

August 27, 2018

Dear incoming freshmen,This is your time. You can finally achieve the goals you’ve always wanted, step outside of your comfort zone and meet new people. You’re going to have so much fun, believe me.College isn’t all fun and games, though. It takes hard work and determination to succeed. Your classe...