As 2013 draws to a close, NIU Today offers a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.
Sarah Stuebing, NIU’s Student Lincoln Laureate, can walk from her childhood home to her college campus in a matter of minutes.
That path put the world at her feet.
Since enrolling at NIU in 2010, she has been the model of the engaged student. She has conducted original scholarly research, cultivated a series of faculty mentors, studied abroad twice, worked as an ambassador for the university, created a new club and volunteered in the community – all while earning grades that put her near the top of her class.
Determined “to make the most of everything NIU had to offer me,” the first opportunity she seized was to become part of the university’s first class of Research Rookies, a program that gave 17 freshmen the chance to participate in research with faculty.
Other opportunities she grabbed along the way included the Honors Program, USOAR, McKearn Summer Scholars, Northern Lights Ambassadors and Habitat for Humanity.