Nora Mokate
School of Art + Design
Class of 2017


Orland Park, Illinois

"In our college, I have the best of both worlds because I can take advantage of the benefits of a big university and yet still have smaller classes."

It's the perfect combination—a place where students can pursue far-reaching opportunities and still receive individual attention. For Nora Mokate, it's an environment where she can flourish. 

"I have the freedom to choose from a wide range of classes and activities and to focus on what interests me most and what suits me best," she notes. And the painting major has made a point of exploring the diverse choices across campus. She is a member of the Life Drawing Club, the Student Equine Emergency Rehabilitation Society, and the social sorority Phi Sigma Sigma.

The School of Art and Design also builds that kind of flexibility into its programs. "My professors applaud individuality and always encourage creativity," she says. "It's an atmosphere that motivates every student to work hard and improve. Plus, I get to do what I love every day. It doesn't get much better than that."