Student Lincoln Laureate makes most of NIU

Nora Lindvall

“Little sleep and lots of coffee.” That’s how senior Nora Lindvall says she handles her busy schedule. Set to graduate with honors in May with degrees in English and political science, Lindvall has made the most of her time at NIU, serving on several university-related committees, winning grants to conduct research overseas, and interning with the vice president of the European Parliament. The icing on the cake: Lindvall was named NIU’s Student Lincoln Laureate this fall, an annual honor reserved for the top senior from each of the state’s public and private four-year colleges and universities.

Lindvall transferred to Northern from Waubonsee Community College after taking a break from studies after high school to pursue her passions for travel (she’s been to 19 countries) and horseback riding (she placed second in a statewide equitation competition in 2009). Notes Deborah Pierce, associate provost for International Programs at NIU, “As a non-traditional student who transferred to NIU from a community college, Nora represents very well the value that our institution can provide to all our students, if they are willing, as Nora is, to reach out and challenge themselves. As she told me recently, she has made NIU her own personal Harvard.”

After graduation, Lindvall hopes to attend the University of Amsterdam to pursue a master’s degree in conflict resolution and governance, and ultimately intends to earn a Ph.D. or law degree and work in international human rights.