Featured student: Ny'La Hill

Ny'La Hill
Name: Ny'La Hill
School: DePaul University
Hometown: Belleville, IL
Major: Accountancy
A 2021 graduate of Belleville Township High School West in Belleville, Illinois, Ny'La will attend DePaul University. The feeling she got while visiting campus is one factor that influenced her decision to attend DePaul. She shared, "I chose DePaul University because it was the school I felt the most comfortable at. They also have really great programs and are in a beautiful city."

As a student at DePaul, Ny'La will major in Accountancy, which will help her achieve her plans to "become a CPA and eventually have my own business helping people with their credit and their taxes."

We asked Ny'La:

What aspect of your college/university are you most excited about?
One thing I’m most excited about is meeting new people and joining new clubs! With the pandemic hitting in the middle of my junior year, it’s made it kind of difficult to meet new people in person.

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.