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Five Ways to Boost Your Career Over Summer Break By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor, NLU Career Development Office

StockBoostYourCareerSummer is a great time to relax and reflect on all you have achieved academically and professionally over the year. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that extra downtime to accomplish some valuable professional milestones. Below we’ll discuss five ways you can use summer break to advance towards your future career.

Internships

Completing an internship is one of the most beneficial ways of gaining valuable professional experience in your field prior to obtaining your degree. Internships can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to multiple years if you build a successful partnership with your employer. As an intern, your employer will understand that you’re new to the field and will treat your time with them as a learning opportunity. They will train you on the ins and outs of the position and guide you in honing your professional skills. Continue reading »

‘My Friend Fell Down the Stairs’: Dispelling Myths About Alcohol By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant, NLU Office of Student Experience

One of the most common misconceptions about alcohol consumption among college students is thinking they can still be in charge of their actions once intoxicated.

SparkingWineA few years ago Beyonce and Jay Z visited Soldier Field during the summer for a stop on their “On the Run” tour.  A friend and I scored awesome seats and planned to have a couple pre-concert cocktails before heading to the show. When I arrived she was still getting dressed and never got the chance to make a drink before the Uber driver arrived. Instead, she decided to fill up a water bottle with vodka and take it in the cab with us. After downing about three quarters of the standard 12-ounce bottle during the 20-minute ride, we arrived at Soldier Field and got our tickets scanned into the venue.

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Grads: Turn LinkedIn Connections into Networking Opportunities

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services 

LinkedIn_logo_initialsAs a job seeker, you may come to dread the very notion of networking with valuable LinkedIn connections. After all, these people may hold the keys to your career, provided you make the right first impression. To help remedy your nerves and provide a nice confidence boost, let’s explore some common do’s and don’ts of connecting on LinkedIn.

Do: Research your potential networking contacts and their companies

This is the first step job seekers should take prior to any conversation that is started on LinkedIn or any other networking venue. Job seekers should review the employer’s and the connection’s page and identify something they enjoyed reading or found interesting or instructive. These items can serve as the basis for an initial conversation. Also, adding a question about their background experience can show your connection-to-be that your intent is to learn from them. Forming a friendly relationship in which you are appealing to your connection’s expertise is often an effective way to network. Continue reading »

NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement

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Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »

NLU Opening Doors to Education for Urban Youth Dr. Legler takes high schoolers on tour of corporations, hopes to inspire them

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King College Prep High School students visit the offices of Archer Daniels Midland in Chicago. The visit was arranged through Pathways to Success.

While many Chicago high school students can see the towering office buildings downtown from their neighborhoods, they may never have been inside one, nor known anybody who works in one.

NLU’s Ray Legler, Ph.D., is hoping to make these buildings–and the possibility of someday working in a stable career position  in such a place–more real for urban youth.

Legler, assistant professor of psychology, recently led a group of students from Dunbar  Vocational Career Academy High School to visit the downtown offices of Deloitte Consulting. The following week, he accompanied a student group from King College Prep High School on a visit to the offices of Archer Daniels Midland. Continue reading »

Getting the Most Out of Your Spring Break. . . There’s Still Time By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_380256046There’s still time to get the most out of your spring break before classes resume on Monday! The days are getting longer and buds are starting to sprout. It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring ─ except for the 50 mph gusts of wind on Michigan Avenue.

You don’t have to go far to get some much needed rest and relaxation. NLU’s Student Experience is dedicated to providing you with the solution to an alternative spring break. Try one of these tips to rest your brain and reinvigorate yourself for the upcoming spring quarter. Continue reading »

Safe Zone Allies Prepare To Support LGBTQ Individuals at NLU Get a glimpse of how LGBTQ people encounter society

SafeZone_logoWhat does the world look like through the eyes of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning person, and why is it so often harsh? Why are public restrooms so scary for transgender people? What do the newer terms gender fluid, cisgender, intersex and non-binary mean?

About 10 NLU staff and faculty members learned the answers to these and other questions when Amanda DaSilva, associate director of student development, facilitated a training in late January on how to become Safe Zone Allies, meaning participants are willing to offer support to LGBTQ students and others.

The attendees got a sobering look at why LGBTQ individuals might breathe a sigh of relief at finding a safe zone. Continue reading »

Transforming Yourself Through Acceptance How accepting yourself can lead to compassion and growth

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By Danielle Laban, NLU Director of Student Experience

Acceptance is not the same as permission. Acceptance is the beginning of an inquiry. It is the first step on a journey, whereas permission, psychologically speaking, is allowing unhealthy behavior to continue.

Often, people confuse the two. They think that if they accept something unpleasant about themselves, or another, that they are condoning bad behavior and allowing it to continue. Instead, acceptance is living with things as they are, and then taking steps from there. Acceptance is living with oneself and others, warts and all, and then growing. Permission is suffering with something you don’t want, and feeling powerless to do something about it.

If I accept that I made a mistake or did something hurtful to someone that I love, it does not mean that I am okay to do it again, over and over. It does not mean that I permit myself to keep acting out. Rather, acceptance is the first step towards better understanding oneself and then working with what’s there. It is a call to growth, and a chance to proceed with compassion.

The Counseling Center at NLU can help with finding acceptance in difficult or stressful situations. Simply send an email to counseling@nl.edu to schedule an initial meeting with one of our highly trained counselors.

Overcome Your Fear of Networking by Adopting a Host Mentality You're there to help others connect, not just for yourself

By Paula Rucci Voigt, National Louis University Career Development Office

networkingYou may have heard the phrase, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth.” Noting that studies have shown that networking is the most effective way to land a job, it is evident that networking is essential to the health of your personal brand, your career, and your job search strategy.

Dictionary.com defines networking as “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.” Sounds simple and straightforward, right? Continue reading »

Mayor Emanuel Honors NLU for Awarding Up To $9,000 in Star Scholarships NLU is offering merit-based aid to CPS grads who complete City Colleges

 

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Aarti Dhupelia, National Louis University’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, greets Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the mayor’s Nov. 5 ceremony honoring universities participating in the Star Scholarship program.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invited representatives from National Louis University and 11 other Chicago universities to a Nov. 5 ceremony he said heralded a great future for young Chicagoans who graduate from a Chicago Public Schools high school and then go on to complete their associate (two-year) degrees at Chicago City Colleges.

In the Star Scholars program, 12 universities, including National Louis, will offer them scholarships to complete their bachelor’s (four-year) degrees. Continue reading »