Two years ago, I was ready to dive into debt for a private university education instead of considering Elgin Community College. Today, I leave saying that attending ECC is one of the best choices I have ever made due to its affordability, quality professors, and the important connections and lasting friendships I found.
I enrolled in 2015 as a participant of the dual credit program. Attending while still in high school showed me that ECC actually is a community with welcoming peers and fantastic professors. This community enabled me to be comfortable on campus with students who understand the struggle of balancing school with heavy responsibilities, and with whom I share common goals.
The peak of my love for ECC was finding my passion for community service, activism, and networking through many unforgettable experiences. I became involved on campus as an officer of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). PTK allowed me to meet inspiring individuals on campus and across the country. I discovered my passion for community service through volunteering at the on-campus Spartan Food Pantry and at local soup kitchens. My enthusiasm for activism came as I debated on the Illinois Senate floor thanks to the Model Illinois Government course. I also fancied networking during a PTK conference in Kansas City and at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute in Chicago; unique opportunities I took advantage of during my time here.
I will continue my education at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, majoring in finance with a minor in political science. ECC propelled me to acceptance into my dream school—a goal that once seemed unattainable. I encourage current and future ECC students to get involved, be active, be challenged, be motivated, be wise, and most of all, have fun.
“We do not know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.” — Dr. Samuel Betances
~Edgar Alba, Carpentersville