Featured student: Ny'La Hill

Ny'La Hill
Name: Ny'La Hill
School: Quincy University
Hometown: Belleville, IL
Major: Accounting
Minor: Marketing or Finance
A 2021 graduate of Belleville Township High School West in Belleville, Illinois, Ny'La will attend Quincy University. The personal attention she received during the admission process and the way the University made her feel are two main factors that influenced her decision to attend Quincy. She shared, "I chose to enroll at Quincy University because from my first interaction with the admission counselors, I've felt important to them. For me, it was the small things, like the birthday mail and phone calls, or emails to check and see how I was doing. Quincy is truly a school that 100% and wholeheartedly cares about each student who attends."

As a student at Quincy, Ny'La will major in Accounting and is considering a minor in either Finance or Marketing, which she shared will help her achieve her future goals of opening her own financial business "where she can help people with their taxes, learn how to manage money and learn about their finances in general." She said, "I think it's very important to learn about financial literacy and I would love to teach classes about it some day."

We asked Ny'La:

What aspect of your college/university are you most excited about?
One of the things I'm most looking forward to is the college experience! I'm very excited to live on campus.

What are your hobbies?
Reading, listening to music, playing music, and hanging out with friends.

We know the last year and a half of your high school career has been different than what you imagined it would be; what is one positive thing that came out of the experience?
One positive experience that I took from the past year and half is learning to check up on others without having to go to their house. A simple text or phone call really went a long way and showed others that you care.

What one tip about the college application process would you share with seniors or their parents?
One tip about the college application process that I think is crucial is to encourage your student to think about what they want out of college. Ask them if they want to be in a class with 60 plus students or if they’d rather have something smaller like 20 or less. Find out how close or far they want to be from home. Ask if they want a private or public college. Engage in conversation that forces them to think about how they want to spend the next four years rather than tell them. At the end of the day, you have to remember that this decision should be made in their best interest and not yours, so please don’t be disappointed if they don’t pick the school you had in mind for them.