Lilianna Bernstein

Lilianna Bernstein

  • Title: Senior Admission Counselor
  • Territory: Illinois Schools with zip codes beginning with 600, 602-603, 607-608, and 610-611
  • Educational Background: B.A. and M.P.A., Drake University
  • Professional Associations/Notable Achievements: Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling


Three interesting things about Lilianna:

  1. My middle name is Happy (really!)
  2. I grow orchids
  3. I had never been to Iowa before I came to Drake, but now I'm probably one of Des Moines' biggest fans

Why do you love Drake? I attended Drake, so I initially fell in love with the University as a prospective high school student. Back then, I loved Drake because of its size, personal attention, and the beautiful campus; I knew it was the right fit for me! As a Drake student, I continued to love Drake because it offered me so many opportunities, friendships, and experiences. As an alum, I still love Drake for all the same reasons I have in the past, but my perspective now is that I can reflect and say,"wow, look at much Drake changed my life!" The University has had such a great impact on who I am today and what I have experienced. And, that is why I love Drake.

Favorite thing to do in Des Moines: The downtown Farmer's Market in the Court Avenue District (Saturdays from 7AM-noon; May-October) I grew up in Chicago and found that Des Moines has pretty much everything to do that Chicago has. But, the Downtown Farmers Market is truly a uniquely Des Moines experience.

Favorite thing to eat in Hubbell Dining Hall:Omelettes made-to-order and hash browns

Lilianna's advice for prospective students: The best way to know if Drake is the right fit for you is to experience a day here! Visit and tour the campus, meet a faculty member, explore Des Moines and talk to current students!



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