Admissions Ambassador Bios

Arthur PutnamArthur Putnam

Age: 20
Hometown: Bonners Ferry
Where do you live now: Bonners Ferry
Year in School: 3rd year
Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associates
Major/program at NIC: Computer Science
Expected graduation date: Spring 2014
Involvements at NIC: Resident Assistant
What made you decide to attend NIC? I attended NIC because it was close to home, affordable and has a welcoming atmosphere.
How are you paying for your education? To pay for college I work in the summer and during the school year have several jobs.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? It was very easy to get involved at NIC. There are several event boards around campus that notify students what is going on and how to get involved. I wanted to become a NIC Ambassador because I have had good experiences at NIC and wanted to show and help others experience that.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? I learned that NIC is very diverse. It offers many programs for a wide variety of fields and interests.
What do you like most about NIC? The thing I like most about NIC is how affordable it is.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? I would tell them that NIC is a great deal. NIC has a lot to offer at an affordable price.

Dawn PollardDawn Pollard

Age: 51
Hometown: Franklin, Wisconsin
Where do you live now: Hayden, Idaho
Year in School: 2nd year at NIC
Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associate of Arts
Major/program at NIC: English
Expected graduation date: 2015
Involvements at NIC: TRiO Student Support, PTK
What made you decide to attend NIC? Location, affordability and a friendly helpful campus community.
How are you paying for your education? Grants, scholarships and loans
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? There are many opportunities to get involved with around campus; the friendly, positive atmosphere is contagious. I like helping people and in choosing to pursue a career in public relations with a degree in English, allowing me to be a guidepost through the Ambassador Program is a very rewarding experience, and I enjoy meeting the incoming students from all over the United States and abroad.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? We have such a diversified student body; the acceptance of all and many is a refreshing and inspiring attitude amidst a community of youthful and a seasoned student body.
What do you like most about NIC? The staff and instructors are helpful, friendly and we have one of the most beautiful campuses in the Northwest.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? Communication is essential, check your student email and NIC account frequently for important announcements, dates, upcoming events and activities around campus. Establish an open line of communication with your instructors; they are always willing to help you, help yourself, to be successful.

Megan LarsonMegan Larson

Age: 20
Hometown: Metaline Falls, WA
Where do you live now: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Year in School: 3rd
Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associate of Applied Science
Major/program at NIC: Administrative Assistant
Expected graduation date: Spring 2014
Involvements at NIC: Drama Club, Student Events
What made you decide to attend NIC? The beach, it was close but far from home, and dorms were available.
How are you paying for your education? Scholarships and extra jobs.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? It was very easy and because I love talking to people about accomplishments in my life and how it could affect others.
What do you like most about NIC? That NIC is a small school and I get to be closer to the staff.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC?
• Take advantage of the Writing Center
• Talk to your advisor about everything
• Get involved with work study
• Live in the dorms for at least a year

Willow JohnsonWillow Johnson

Age: 19 years old
Hometown: Bayview, Idaho
Where do you live now: Hayden, Idaho
Year in School: 2nd
Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associates
Major/program at NIC: Pre-Nursing
Expected graduation date: Spring 2014
Involvements at NIC: Admissions Ambassador
What made you decide to attend NIC? I decided to attend NIC because I wanted a college campus where I felt comfortable and safe, I met interesting people, and I could enjoy my experiences on/off the campus.
How are you paying for your education? I spend my summer working as a Lifeguard at one of the many local beaches to pay for my college and several other jobs.
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? I am enthusiastic and I take pride in attending North Idaho College. It is an honor to represent North Idaho College as an Admissions Ambassador. I wanted to be an NIC Admissions Ambassador because I knew that I could be one of the trusted sources in the admissions process by providing future students authentic representation of the North Idaho College experience.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? By being and NIC Ambassador I have learned an incredible amount of relevant and historical information about the NIC campus. Concerning the students that attend the NIC campus, they have a variety of programs and degrees available to them as they pursue their academic career.
What do you like most about NIC? There are so many things to enjoy by attending NIC. Here are just 3 items to consider:
• Affordability – NIC students receive 16.1% rate of return on their educational investment
• Passionate, caring, and helpful Staff and Faculty (student to instructor ratio in classroom)
• Beautiful Setting (lake, mountains, and communities)
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? I think one of the most important advice I could give an incoming student planning to attend NIC is … don’t be afraid to ask for help. I know from first-hand experience that the instructors at NIC are caring individuals who will always assist students that are having difficulty by giving suggestions for school-sponsored tutoring and supplemental instruction.

April WorswickApril Worswick

Age: 31
Hometown: Guam
Where do you live now: Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
Year in School: 3rd Year
Expected degree or certificate at NIC: Associates of Arts (AA)
Major/program at NIC: Business Administration
Expected graduation date: Spring 2014
Involvements at NIC: Admissions Ambassador, Veterans Club, and American Sign Language (ASL) Club
What made you decide to attend NIC? I wanted to create a better future for myself and my daughter. The cost of going to NIC worked well with my budget and it offered core classed that I would need for my Bachelor Degree.
How are you paying for your education? Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Military Educational benefits
How easy was it for you to get involved at NIC? Why did you want to be an NIC Ambassador? It was very easy for me to get involve at NIC. There are information about events and opportunities posted everywhere. I became a NIC Ambassador because I wanted to share my experience to new students. It is also another way for me to gain more perspective of my communication and leadership skills.
What things have you learned about NIC and its students by being an NIC Ambassador? I’ve learned many things about NIC. The teachers and staff are willing to go the further step in assisting me in my education. There are projects that are implemented into many of the programs that enable the students to get a well-rounded experience.
What do you like most about NIC? What I like most about NIC are the teachers and staff. I also like the class sizes.
What would you tell someone who was considering attending NIC? I would tell the person to go for it. You’ll never know if you like something or not if you don’t try it.