Student Spotlight: Cherise Cerocke

Cherise Ceroke

Cherise Ceroke
Major: Architecture

Cherise Cerocke has always enjoyed drawing houses.

"Even as a child, I would design floor plans and facades for every kind of building imaginable," she said. "When I was in third grade, my parents bought an old farmhouse, which our family remodeled. My parents really encouraged me to help out in any way possible, and I learned a lot in the process. When I was in high school, my parents bought some land and decided to build a home. Once again, we did much of the work ourselves and I realized how exciting the building process can be. These experiences really got me excited about building and inspired me to pursue architecture."

Cerocke initially wanted to attend Judson University, but due to financial reasons she needed another option. After discovering her local community college did not offer architecture courses, she found out College of DuPage not only offered an Architecture program but that her credits would transfer to Judson.

As a first-time student, Cerocke is funding her college education and received the Foundation Textbook Scholarship.

"Receiving the scholarship was a huge blessing to me because it helped ease my financial burden," she said."Trying to work and be a full-time student can be two very hard and stressful schedules to manage. This scholarship helped relieve some of that tension, allowing me more time to focus on my studies."

After earning her associate's degree in fall 2014, Cerocke plans to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees at Judson. Her goal is to open her own firm as well as to teach at the university level and encourage other young adults to pursue architecture. She also would like to use her knowledge and expertise gained from these experiences to help develop homes in third-world countries.

Cerocke encourages new COD students to enroll in courses that pertain to the field they want to pursue.

"I am so thankful College of DuPage offered architecture courses because they helped me know that architecture was the career path for me, without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars like I would have if I had taken these courses at a university," she said. "In addition, taking these specialized classes got me excited about architecture. I can now see a direct link between my college education and my career and life goals."

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