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College isn’t mandatory for career success

By Emily Beebe, Assistant News Editor | April 20, 2023

People are usually told at some point in their lives that they need to go to college if they want to be successful. Despite this, there are many different careers where you can be just as successful without a four-year college degree. College is expensive...

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5 TV shows relatable for college students

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | February 8, 2022

College students are stuck between childhood and adulthood trying to juggle school while dealing with everything else in the world. Here are five TV shows that are relatable and tackle those same topics. The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max) This...

That time I transferred schools to change my major

By Jack Baudoin, Lifestyle writer | 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...


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

By 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...

Officials host inaugural First-Generation Student Success Conference

By 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...

Egyptian screens college classic

By 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...

Seven Considerations when thinking about joining Greek life

By 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,...

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Make Home Feel a Little Less Far Away

By Sarah Lalond | October 11, 2018

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The Collegiate Road Less Traveled

By Afia Jones | October 2, 2018

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

By 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...

Flames engulf the experience of welcome week

By 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,...

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Get Involved on Campus!

By Ashley Hines | August 30, 2018

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