Student Spotlight: Mylene Bernante
Mylene Bernante was a Rotary youth exchange student at Neuqua Valley High School when she first heard about College of DuPage.
"My host mother always told me how much money you can save by going to COD and then transfer to a university," she said. "Also, COD has great facilities and a wide range of courses to choose from. When I decided to come back to the U.S. for college, COD was my first choice."
Bernante, who began attending College of DuPage in 2011, is currently taking her prerequisites. She also works as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens, which is giving her a taste of what it will be like to be a pharmacist.
"Despite the stress the job requires, I actually love working in the pharmacy," she said. "I learn tons of information about the pharmacy's daily operation and handling customers. At the end of the day, it feels nice to know that you help other people in little ways and hope that they’ll recover from sickness."
In 2014, she plans to transfer to a pharmacy school in the Chicago area. Ultimately, she would like to earn her doctorate degree and work in either a retail or hospital pharmacy. She credits College of DuPage for providing the stepping stones needed to reach her goals.
"I got my first job working as a student assistant in the International Student office. As an international student myself, I find it fulfilling to be able to help other international students who are just coming to the U.S. It always reminds me of how excited I was yet scared and having no idea of what my life was going to be after arriving here," she said.
"I grew up in a small town in the Philippines from an average family. Through the help of Rotarian Jerry Cierniak, my friends, my family and other members of Rotary International, I have the chance to pursue my education here in the United States. Studying abroad is not a cheap thing to do and I am lucky enough to be able to do it. I was a member of the Neuqua Valley Interact Club and currently a member of Rotaract Club. Both are community service clubs that are sponsored by local Rotary clubs for youth. I am very thankful for these opportunities that are given to me and I am determined to achieved my educational and career goals."
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