Student Spotlight: Diana Rose Aspuria
Diana Rose Aspuria
Major: Associate in Science
Diane Rose Aspuria is the first COD student to receive a “Leadership Pipeline” scholarship at North Central College in Naperville.
Stemming from a partnership between College of DuPage and North Central College, the scholarship was developed specifically for students in COD’s Living Leadership Program who wish to enter North Central College's Leadership, Ethics and Values (LEV) academic program.
“I am honored and proud to be the first COD student to have earned the Leadership Pipeline scholarship to North Central College,” said Aspuria. “I hope to influence other COD students to complete the Living Leadership Program not only to receive the scholarship, but also to learn about the values of leadership in order to become an effective student leader.”
After graduating from Wheaton Warrenville South high school, Aspuria was accepted into COD as a Presidential Scholar. During her first year, she was involved with the Student Ambassadors program and the Honors Student Advisory Committee, promoting the Honors program to prospective and current COD students. She is a member of both the COD Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Mu Gamma and served as the Outreach Coordinator of the Student Leadership Council.
“Diana is the first Living Leadership graduate to receive this honor and we are very proud of her accomplishments,” said Student Life Coordinator Stephanie Quirk. “As part of this special agreement, Diana will receive a $1,000 scholarship for her first year of studies, $1,500 for her second year and $2,000 should she continue for a third year. She is also automatically accepted to North Central College’s Distinguished Leaders Program where she will continue to build on the leadership portfolio she completed as part of the Living Leadership Program.”
Aspuria said the Living Leadership Program at COD had an unexpected impact on her educational choices and professional goals. Her original career path was dentistry. Then she discovered a love of travel and physical therapy and hoped to combine both as a traveling physical therapist.
While she still loves travel, Aspuria is now majoring in neuroscience and hoping to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. While at North Central, she is a Distinguished Leader, a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the American Chemical Society, and employed on campus.
She is pleased with her experience in COD’s Living Leadership Program.
“I learned the meaning of leadership and how it is not just a role or a position that people have to play at a single moment,’” she said. “Being a leader is actively participating in your community, making conscious decisions as a group, developing multiple perspectives about your surroundings and most importantly, knowing how to carry yourself in every given moment. I plan to implement my leadership education by becoming a role model for others. I want to motivate and inspire people to achieve success in whatever area they aspire.
“My experience at College of DuPage was truly amazing. I made lifelong friends, gained new experiences and grew as an individual. By actively participating in the COD community, I acquired a sense of confidence that I never thought I could have.”
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