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Student Voices, College Preparation Program

Shaneill Nicolas

  • A valuable opportunity

    Shaneill Nicolas

    Q: Where are you from?

    A: I am from Bartlett, Illinois.

    Q: Why did you decide to attend CPP? What were you hoping to gain from a summer spent learning at Northwestern?

    A: I attended in the hopes of making new friends and unforgettable memories, deciding if Northwestern was the perfect university for me, and learning a lot about the field of law (and seeing if it is a career I want to pursue). 

    Q: What course (our courses) are you taking here at CPP? 

    A: I participated in the Legal Interpretations and Communication seminar. And after taking the seminar, I am now sure that law is what I would like to study in college.

    Q: How would you describe the classroom experience at CPP? Who are your teachers and your fellow students?

    A: On the first day of class our professor, Lesley Kagan, used the Socratic method on us. She basically chose a student and asked him or her a question about the readings we had to do beforehand, followed by a class discussion. You can imagine just how astonished and afraid our class was! It is one of the most memorable experiences I have gained from CPP. This experience really taught me to not only do my homework, but really read closely and critically. 

    Q: What was the most interesting/surprising thing you learned either about yourself or in your course

    A: Before CPP, I wasn't very sure if I wanted to become a lawyer. I didn't believe I was “lawyer material.” After CPP, I realize that I am more of a lawyer than I thought. I also understand that I am capable of living on my own. Two weeks is the longest I've ever been away from my parents, but my separation anxiety has eased and I felt independent and confident by the end.

    Q: If you lived in the dorm what has that experience been like?

    A: Living in the dorm really made me feel like a college student. You have a great sense of independence. You have to learn how to clean up after yourself. You have to learn how to coordinate with your roommate. It is basically like your second home.

    Q: What advice would you give students who are thinking of attending the program?

    A: Go for it. The concept of leaving your family (temporarily) is frightening, but it is one of those things in life that you have to do. CPP will help you grow into a better individual. You will create friendships and make wonderful memories. I had the chance to explore, live, and study at Northwestern University — a valuable opportunity not granted to many people.