Campus Celebrity: Samantha Merkin

1.  What year are you at Illinois?



2.  What is your position on Her Campus and why do you love it?

I am currently the President of the Illinois Her Campus chapter. I love it for so many reasons, but I really enjoy watching passionate girls come together to not only build their confidence for their careers, but learn to work well with others and make our chapter the best it could be. 

3.  What is your favorite memory from college?

My favorite memory from college is getting the opportunity to live on third floor of my sorority house with all of my best friends! We always had the best time hanging out and I cherish those memories. 

4.  If you had to give advice to a current freshman, what would it be?

If I had to give advice to a current freshman advice it would be to start learning to be career ready as soon as you can. Even if you do not know what you want to do, it is important to build relationships with students, teachers and alumni to help guide you in the direction you want to go in. 

5. Is there anything at U of I that you haven't done yet and want to before graduation?

There are a few things I have not done at U of I that I would like to before graduation. I would love to attend more basketball and hockey games because I have not been to many! 

6.  Are you excited for graduation? Explain

I am both excited and sad for graduation. My four years at Illinois academically, socially and professionally have shaped who I am as a person. I am excited to start the next chapter of my life and will bring the lessons and experiences I have had with me.

7.  Do you have plans after graduation?

After graduation,  I am going to be an incoming Assistant Account Executive for FCB Chicago.