Student Spotlight: James Blondin

James Blondin

James Blondin
Major: Engineering

James Blondin isn’t sure what first interested him in engineering.

“I like understanding how things work, and I’ve wanted to do something in math and science since grade school,” he said.

Blondin came to College of DuPage to lower the cost of his college education. He was named a Presidential Scholar – an impressive award that includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD’s Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

After graduating with an Associate in Engineering Science degree with highest honors in 2014, Blondin is transferring to the University of Illinois to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“Technically, I don’t have ultimate educational or career goals. I enjoy learning, I love math and science, and I want to contribute to the technological advancements in society,” he said. “Having ultimate goals would imply wanting to stop.

“My advice to students considering engineering or the physical sciences at COD is to pursue an Associate in Engineering Science degree instead of an Associate in Science, because you take a lot more math and science courses that way. Also, the Engineering Club or something else more hands-on than just classes may be a good idea for those who don’t know if they like engineering or not.”

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