Student Spotlight: Becky Chen

Becky Chen

Becky Chen
Major: Graphic Design

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English, Becky Chen wanted to head into the field of design and art.

So she researched programs and decided College of DuPage was the best option for many reasons, including the flexibility to work while attending school. What she discovered was a program that unleashed her creativity and developed her design skills.

"Growing up, I had always been interested in the arts -- especially graphic and industrial design," she said. "However, I never really received the opportunity to explore the design world until I attended COD. The first day I entered my typography class, I knew graphic design was exactly the field I wanted to start my career in.

"COD supported me in countless ways. They helped me pursue my goals in the graphic design field and prepared me thoroughly for the industry. The faculty within the program was incredibly supportive and challenged me to reach beyond my potential. The instructors I encountered truly cared about my future and were willing to work with me to improve my designs. They also encouraged me to seek a career in the design field."

Chen graduated in 2012 with an associate's degree in Graphic Design. She also received a scholarship from the Maryland Institute College of Art and started its master's program in social design.

Her ultimate career goal is to use design as a tool to better the world.

"As a designer, I believe I have a social responsibility with my creativity, and the faculty at COD gave me the confidence and encouragement to help others with my skills," she said. "I think good design at its best is when it is able to improve the lives of human beings by either bringing joy, simplicity or relief. I hope to create designs that make an impact, but most importantly to improve the lives of those I encounter."

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