2017-18 SAW Counselors

Yessenia Mejia, Graduate Assistant

Yessenia Mejia, Graduate Assistant

School: DePaul University

Major: Master of Arts in Counseling 

Favorite part of NU: NU has great opportunities for students to develop as professionals. As a graduate assistant I get the chance to work in the field I would like to go into and help develop student leaders.

Piece of advice to first-year students: Challenge yourself and find a professional mentor. Get to know the faculty and ask them about their academic journey. Ask them about what experiences (internships/research/fellowships) they recommend for you. Join associations in your field and make connections early.

Yessenia Craig

Yessenia Craig

School: School of Education and Social Policy 

Major: Human Development and Psychological Services 

Most memorable experience at NU: Participating in SAW prior to starting my first year. I was really nervous about coming to a university and SAW definitely helped me get past those fears and feel comfortable and prepared to be here. I met my best friends and other lifelong friends through SAW and without all of their support I don’t think I’d be here today.

Piece of advice to first year students: Take advantage of all the resources around you, especially interlibrary loan (free books)! Also, get to know upperclass students (like your counselors) and ask then for advice. Last but not least, never be scared to ask for help, college is hard enough as it is so don’t make it harder on yourself because you don’t want to ask for the help you need. 

Mustafa Alimumal

Mustafa Alimumal

School: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Economics & International Studies 

Favorite part of NU: My favorite part of NU has to be all the people I have met. Everyone who comes here has such amazing stories and life experience. Getting to know some incredible individuals has been the best part of my experience by far

Piece of Advice: It’s okay to take risks and experiment with classes/study habits. You’ll learn a lot more from struggling with a class outside of your comfort zone as opposed to sticking with topics you’ve been familiar with your whole life. Don’t limit yourself be what you think your talents are because you don’t know you’re good at something until you try.

Liberty Vincent

Liberty Vincent

School: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Political Science 

Favorite part of NU: The plethora of opportunities to gain leadership skills and experience. Through my work study job and student organizations, I have seen nearly limitless opportunities to pursue activities that I love while simultaneously gaining valuable skills and experiences that will help in the professional world. 

Piece of advice to first year students: Get involved with your residence hall. Most classmates have built their strongest friendships and support systems through programming within student organizations and the residence halls. Definitely take advantage of your dorms programming, and also consider running for executive board positions to gain some great leadership experience. 

Genesis Garcia

Genesis Garcia

School: Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences & Communication 

Major: Psychology & Human Communication Sciences

Most memorable experience at NU: Staying in Evanston the summer after my first year to do the Posner Fellowship. I was able to do research, explore Chicago and have countless days enjoying the lake with friends. The next few year of your life will fly by- they will bring some of the best memories of your life, but also some of the most challenging. 

Piece of advice to first year students: Embrace everything, think about what you learned from each experience and don’t lose your individuality. You are unique and bring so many special things to this campus and those around you, don’t forget.

Parker Johnson

Parker Johnson

School: MEDILL School of Journalism

Major: Journalism

Most memorable experience at NU: Storming the court at Welsh-Ryan Arena when we beat Michigan at the buzzer.

Piece of advice to first year students: Rather than trying to be someone you’re not, remember who you are and stick to it. Find things that ground you and remind you how you go to NU. 

Brent Williams

Brent Williams

School: McCormick School of Engineering

Major: Engineering

Most memorable experience: Watching former President Obama’s asprey land on campus before he spoke during my junior year. 

Piece of advice to first year students: It may seem funny now but go to every class, attend your professor’s and TA’s office hours. Stay active and try new things that interest you.