In the Spotlight
Things like this don’t happen to people like me; I was brought up in adversity, and I spent most of my life in adversity. There was never a time in my life when I thought I would be graduating from college with a 4.0 GPA, be selected as a commencement speaker, and have a full-time job in the field in which I am earning my degree.
Elgin Community College was not on the list of the colleges and universities I originally wanted to attend. Back in high school, I heard about community college stereotypes and remember wanting to be like the kids who planned to go to four-year universities.
My journey at Elgin Community College has been not only long and arduous, but quite rewarding and meaningful! After graduating a semester early from high school in January 2015, I had a head start on beginning my college career at ECC, where I’ve worked hard to earn my associate degree in management.
I moved to Algonquin with my mom in 2015. At that point, I was a high school dropout with no motivation and a past I wasn’t proud of. So, I took moving as an opportunity to start over and make something of myself. Shortly after getting settled, I got a job, received my GED, and I began my journey at Elgin Community College.
“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” This influential quote by Michelle Obama has become the reality of my journey at Elgin Community College. My college journey began in the spring of 2016 and has carried me through some incredible moments since then.
Learning English was one of the most important goals that I wanted to achieve when I moved to the United States in 2013. Back then, I only knew a couple words, and I could not understand anything when someone was talking to me. I felt frustrated because I really wanted to know what people were talking about and to be a part of their conversation.
During my senior year of high school, I started at Elgin Community College through the amazing tech prep program and discovered my goals; but the opportunities I received didn’t stop there.
At Elgin Community College, I have gained valuable experiences. Through Student Government, in the position of senator and vice president, I was able to work with a team of fellow student leaders to promote student welfare. I became exposed to the art of advocacy while representing the ECC community to legislators in Springfield
ECC IN THE NEWS
Elgin Community College’s Health and Wellness Management program will begin offering a ten credit-hour Personal Training certificate during the upcoming fall 2018 semester. The certificate can be completed in 16 weeks (one semester) and prepares students for the Certified Personal Trainer exam with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Class times are scheduled in the late afternoons Monday through Thursday, at the college’s Spartan Drive Campus, to accommodate prospective students whoRead Story
Elgin Community College’s Sustainability, Business and Career Technologies (SBCT) division is holding its first high school welding competition on Thursday, May 17. Thirty-one students from Hampshire, Elgin, Marengo, Dundee-Crown, Jacobs, St. Charles East and Sycamore high school and the Fox Valley Career Center, will compete.Read Story