Lauren Dahl ’19 Admissions Counselor


Orange City, Iowa

MOC-Floyd Valley High School; Northwestern College, bachelor’s degree in art

My family 
I recently married my high school sweetheart, Joshua Dahl. It’s just him and me, but we have both sides of the family in town!

Trip I'd like to take 
My husband is a Northwestern College graduate too. He loved his Summer of Service (SOS) in Ireland and talks about it all the time. He makes me want to visit!

Books I'd recommend 
I read The Road for my Literary Contexts class. I wasn’t expecting to like it, but it blew me away with its dark, yet beautiful, story and characters. I highly recommend it. I’m currently reading the third book of “The Testing” series, called Graduation Day. I have to admit I still love some good YA books. This series is definitely worth the read.

Favorite things about Northwestern 
The professors are awesome. They do so much more than teach. They help with career and internship opportunities, take time outside of class to discuss and answer questions, and build relationships with their students. I also loved going to The Hub with friends for a meal or a late-night snack. Their mango smoothies are so good!

College search advice 
Follow where you feel you are being called. Don’t let others influence you so much. It can get confusing hearing so many opinions. You know yourself best.