Graduate Credits COD With Current Success

Tara Molnar

By Jennifer Duda

While she was a good student, receiving solid grades in high school, Tara Cachur Molnar said she didn't truly thrive in an educational environment until enrolling at College of DuPage.

The Aurora resident credits COD and its faculty with giving her the confidence to pursue higher education and providing the encouragement she had been craving.

"I didn't enjoy high school. My grades were good and I had enough credits to graduate early, but I was just so lost and didn't know what to do," she said. "I didn't have the money to go to a university, so I decided to enroll at COD. The minute I entered, I realized I could set my own pace. COD was a chance to find me."

The decision paid off quickly as Molnar tackled her greatest fear - math - and met a number of faculty and instructors with infectious enthusiasm for the subjects they taught.

"The teachers made everything wonderful," she said. "One instructor even identified me as dyslexic. It was something I wasn't even aware of and it changed my life."

Molnar said College of DuPage afforded her the opportunity to try many different subject areas, narrowing the field as she determined her career path. After earning her associate's degree, she transferred to Northern Illinois University to study business administration. Molnar earned her bachelor's degree and now is an election specialist with the Illinois State Board of Elections, performing audits and interpreting the laws of campaign finance for candidates.

"I don't think I would have achieved what I did without College of DuPage," she said. "I know others who went to community college and I don't think they got the same excellent experience I did."