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 Kassandra Worden, one of the recipients of this year’s scholarships.
Hometown: Belvidere, IL
Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Why did you choose NIU?
I was looking in the area — I didn’t want to go to something too far — but I didn’t want to go to a community college. I had always liked NIU. I loved the campus. I loved the marching band specifically, and I thought it’d be a really nice college to go to and now I’m here.
Why are you studying pre-veterinary medicine?
I’ve always had a passion for animals. Even as a little kid I was always that kid covered in mud playing with worms. I wanted to carry that into my future. I have that passion and that drive that really fits into the major I’m going into. It’s definitely more of a lifestyle than a career choice is the way I see it.
What do you like most about NIU?
I love the community. I love how people are at this school, it’s so nice. You go to bigger schools and you don’t get this. The teachers are great. The students are really great. You can make a lot of good friendships here that I don’t think huge colleges could offer you.
Who are your favorite professors and why?
I love Dr. Thomas Bough. He’s the director of the Huskie Marching Band. Dr. Bough has always been there for me. He’s been the driving force behind a lot of my academics and scholarships, so I really appreciate him.
What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?
Besides the music building, I adore the West lagoon by Stevenson Hall. I like to go out there and see the geese and look out over the water. It’s really nice when you’re super stressed out because it’s a little, detached place from all of school. It’s really nice.
Why should other students choose NIU?
If you’re looking for a school that’s tight-knit, has a lot of different options as far as majors and ways to get involved, and has a really committed staff, you should pick NIU.
What does the Northern Pact mean to you?
I think it’s really cool. There’s a list of expectations that makes you want to be awesome for your university because your university wants you to be better and a part of something great.
Do you know students who exemplify the principles of the Northern Pact? Encourage them to apply online for the 2018-19 Northern Pact scholarship.