Kari Garcia -Assistant Director of Admissions, Eastern Illinois
Hometown: I grew up in Rapid River, Mich., 60 miles south of NMU. So I am a Yooper at heart! I now live in the suburbs of Chicago.
Professional/personal biography: I earned a bachelor of arts degree in broadcasting from Central Michigan University in 2003. After graduation I set off for the east coast (New York City and Vermont) and began working in the admissions office for the New England Culinary Institute. It was awesome and I had a great time, but I still can’t cook! I have always worked in college admissions and I love it. It is so amazing to be able to help students with such an important decision in their lives. After several years out east, I decided that it was time to head back to the Midwest to be closer to my family. I am the youngest of four children and I take advantage of it every chance I get.
Most memorable college experience: Studying abroad. I went to Prague, Czech Republic, for a month to study literature the summer before my senior year. It was unbelievable! I was able to learn Czech, see some very cool historical sites, take a road trip to Munich, Germany, learn poetry from some of the best poets in the world, take a Mike’s Bike tour of the city and hang out with some cool new people. I highly encourage you to check out study abroad at NMU. It will be worth it!
Favorite Marquette activity: Going jogging around Presque Isle. The view is so amazing you don’t even realize you just ran two miles. Then, head over to Border Grill to refuel. Try the border bowls--they are my favorite!
Best advice you received regarding college or would give someone else entering college: As my parents dropped me off to move into the residence halls for the first time, my mom hugged me and said, while crying of course, “This is the first day of the rest of your life. Make the most of it!” I have always agreed with that statement. I would also say, try to manage your time the best you can. Make sure to schedule time to study, go to class, sleep, exercise and, of course, socialize. Your parents won’t be there to tell you to go to bed or get your homework done, so you need to make sure that you are keeping your body and mind healthy!