The Northern Pact encompasses principles that outline the expectations we have for members of our community–being purposeful, just, caring, open, disciplined and celebrative. Each year, the Division of Student Affairs awards the Northern Pact scholarship to students who share this vision of service and personal responsibility.
Meet transfer student Josie Hyslop, one of the recipients of this year’s scholarships.
Hometown: Gardner, IL
Transferred From: Joliet Junior College
Which Northern Pact Principal do you relate to the most?
I relate to ‘Open.’ Especially being a transfer student, you have to be open to a lot of new things, not necessarily that I’ve been exposed to before. Just being open to meeting new people and trying new things. I’ve always considered myself open but probably had to put that more to use when I got here, stepping out of my comfort zone.
What does the Northern Pact mean to you?
I think that it’s awesome. I think the whole world should have pacts that they’re held accountable to. It’s great to go to a school that really cares and puts forth certain principals that we should be upholding. It’s important to me that the school thinks it’s important.
Why did you transfer to NIU?
I attended a transfer open house with my best friend who also studies here. She gave me a behind-the-scenes tour of campus, and I heard how great the business program was so I decided to come here. It was easy.
What advice do you have for future transfer students?
Take advantage of every opportunity that’s thrown at you. You will have lots of opportunities to participate in great things. I joined the accounting society. It’s really nice because it really helps you to figure out your career path. Coming in as a transfer student, I benefitted by being involved in passport events through the College of Business, too. I’m also an honors student, so I attend their events as well. I’m meeting a lot of people and gaining great experience.
What do you like most about NIU?
I like walking into Barsema Hall and feeling like I fit in. I’m always going somewhere and no matter where I go, I see a kind, welcoming face. Everyone is super helpful here. The academic program is great, it really pushes me. I’m studying accounting. I chose accountancy because, after my senior year of high school, I got an accounting internship, which gave me a lot of good exposure. I really liked it, and I feel like it is a good fit for me here at NIU.
Do you know students who exemplify the principles of the Northern Pact? Encourage them to apply online for the 2018-19 Northern Pact scholarship.