Intercultural Relations

Karla Perez

Area(s) of Study

Philosophy and Economics


Wheeling, IL


Chamber Orchestra, Student Government, Latinos Unidos, PRIDE, Women’s Rugby

Why did you choose Lake Forest College?

I chose Lake Forest College because they offered great financial aid. However, I chose to stay because I fell in love with the first connection community and their presence in this school during the academic year. I don’t think I would be able to navigate college if I didn’t love the community that I am surrounded with.  

What do you advocate for?

Abolish the police, dismantle the prison industrial complex, dismantle ALEC, dismantle ICE,
end qualified immunity, decriminalize drug offenses, end slave labor (since it’s still legal).

Why did you decide to be a First Connection Mentor?

I found my experience as a mentee invaluable to my success in my first year of college.
It was a remarkable experience, not just for college but for life. I was able to finally accept
my identity and embrace it. I want to help people realize this, too.

Advice for incoming students

The most important thing to learn, at least for your first year, is how to determine when you need help and how to ask for it. There is no shame in needing help, ever, and asking for help is a sign of strength. In order to know when you need help, you have to know yourself. Take this period of social distancing to explore your interests, learn what you don’t like, understand your frustrations and weaknesses, and discover a nice pick-me-up (because at the end of the day, feeling down and struggling is inevitable; what makes the fall worthwhile is how you pick yourself up).