Student Spotlight: Chad Bobik
Chad Bobik was trying to determine a clear career path to take when he came to College of DuPage.
“I knew in my heart that I had a burning passion for music and that with enough hard work and self-discipline, anything is truly possible,” he said. “When I first started at College of DuPage, I had no idea how many opportunities would truly arise. Once I set foot on this campus, my future really began to crystallize right before my eyes.”
Bobik is currently a music major working on his Associate in Fine Arts degree. While at COD, he has earned several scholarships: the Tandaric Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship and the John Belushi Concert and Jazz Band Scholarship. He’s been playing in Small Group Jazz under Professor Tom Tallman and the Guitar Ensemble under Steve Ramsdell. He's also worked as a student aid for Ken Paoli in the recording studio.
“College of DuPage has been a world of opportunity right from the start,” he said. “Every teacher I have come to know is a top-notch professional and an expert in their field. They know just what you need to succeed and offer decades of professional experience that extends well beyond the classroom. I truly owe my success to all of them such as Dr. Tallman, Dr. Paoli, Lee Kesselman, Steve Ramsdell, Steven Havens, Mike Folker and Karol Reddington. It's been a privilege to work under them these past four years.”
Bobik received a music transfer achievement scholarship to Elmhurst College, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education and a minor in jazz studies. He also teaches private music lessons at the Naperville Music Academy.
Ultimately he would love to be a self-sufficient musician and a respected professional in the music industry, whether it's performing, teaching or working in a recording studio.
“I started attending COD for all the logical reasons – it’s close to home, affordable, filled with magnificent teachers and has a great campus, not to mention that you get a top-notch education at a fraction of the price of a four-year university,” he said. “My advice to others is to never sell yourself short and always strive for more. College of DuPage can be a magnificent, life-changing experience if you open yourself to it and just take that first step.”
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