Name: Nkauj Zong Lor
Course of Study: ELC/Creative Arts
Why did you choose Alverno?
I love how it’s an all-female college and empowers women. I also love the environment; it’s small and like a community. The instructors are great; they do all they can to help students succeed!
How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Financial aid helped me greatly! While some people might complain about how expensive private college tuition is, I can truthfully say that when talking with my friends who go to public college, we about pay the same amount.
What will a college degree mean to you?
To me, a degree means I’ll be the first in my family to graduate from a 4-year college as well as being the first female in my family to graduate from college.
Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
The one amazing thing about Alverno College is they empower women. I was hesitant in coming to college because in my culture, Hmong, traditionally girls are expected to marry and cannot carry the family surname, which made me feel like there was no point in going to college. But Alverno empowers women so highly that my mindset has changed. Today, I can proudly say, I’m going to college for myself and to prove to the Hmong culture that Hmong girls too can get a degree. Times have changed, and women no longer have to be below standards.
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate, I’d like to work for the Peace Corp and then teach. I will go back to my hometown, Sheboygan, and teach there!