Student Spotlight: Angelo Bartocci
Major: Associate in Arts
Angelo Bartocci originally saw College of DuPage as a means to an end.
He wanted a college education, and COD was affordable, close to home and had an excellent reputation. What he didn't expect was how many connections he'd make at College of DuPage.
“The professors and students who come from all walks of life are the reasons why I keep coming back," Bartocci said. "When I came to COD, I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life. What I was surprised by, and continue to be surprised by, is how much the time spent there has led me to my chosen vocation.”
After earning his Associate in Arts degree at College of DuPage, Bartocci graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology. At one point, he taught a psychoeducation course two days a week in Chicago schools on the topics of relational aggression and bullying, did one-on-one and group work at a residential facility for adults with mental illness disabilities, and went to school full-time.
He is now at Midwestern University pursuing his Doctorate in Psychology. He recently completed his Therapy Practicum, conducting group and individual therapy at an adult correctional facility. In 2014, he is beginning Advanced Therapy Practicum at a major Illinois university conducting individual and group therapy as well as outreach to students. He also turned in the first full draft of his dissertation and plans to defend it in August.
In the fall, he will apply throughout the country for pre-doctoral internships. He is considering locations in places where he always wanted to live: Colorado, Alaska, and Hawaii, to name a few.
“All of the hard work that I have put in over the years is paying off, and all of this spawned from roots grown at COD," he said. "I met some amazing people there and still keep in touch with a few of the professors, who have mentored me and helped guide me in so many ways. The students were great, too. I wouldn't be where I am today without this guidance.
“It is a testament to COD that I came into college wanting to jump to the next point, and I ended up enjoying the journey so much that I didn't want to reach the destination. I can see myself taking courses at COD into old age, to keep my mind sharp and my knowledge of the world up to par. I identify much more with COD than any other school, because it is where I know I can feel at home.
“Recently I met with a few of my favorite faculty members from COD, who I hadn't seen in some time. We discussed, amongst other things, my long-term goal to one day teach at COD. Life has taken me to some great places, and it would be an honor to bring those experiences back to where they all started. I want the opportunity to inspire other students to chase their dreams, just as I have. Time will tell where I land, but for now I'm just enjoying the ride.
“The whole point of college is to grow, transform and find your vocation. COD was a vital stepping stone in getting me where I am today, setting the stage for the rich career that I am pursuing. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had and will continue striving over the coming years to establish myself. I am chasing my dreams, and every day they become more of a reality. The sky is truly the limit, and I know that this is just the beginning.”
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