Student Spotlight: Concetta Gendusa
Concetta Gendusa’s interest in engineering began in the seventh grade, when she was selected for a trip to Argonne National Laboratory to attend a young women in science event.
“I never imaged that in the future I would be so driven to go into the science field later on in my life,” she said. “I was in awe of all the machines I witnessed there, and the explanations for everything changed my viewpoint on this field. An indescribable feeling came over me when I fully realized the massive impact that one person can have on the world just by being an engineer.
“After that, I knew I wanted to be that person to change the world. I wanted to be the one to make artificial hearts and prosthetic limbs for people who are not in top health. I wanted and still want to be the one to make someone else’s life better and improve their quality of life.”
Following that event, Gendusa began looking into engineering and knew that biomedical engineering was right for her. In high school, she started a new job and, with hard work, began moving up and assuming more responsibilities. Understanding the importance of keeping her job, she didn’t enter college right away but selected College of DuPage when she was ready to begin.
“I knew that being at College of DuPage would be a great way to get my education, keep my job and save the money I made,” she said. “I will admit it is not easy but I have no complaints. My job and the teachers at College of DuPage are very understanding and are willing to work with me when it comes to getting help with my schoolwork or my schedule at work and my availability.
“The teachers explain the material so clearly and the small class sizes make for a more social classroom, meaning that to them, you are not just a name but a person. Amazingly, with the school being so big, one would think you would not have the chance to see somebody you had a class with, but I do all the time and I even see some of my professors, who are always a delight to see and often have a small chat with me to see how I am doing.
“College of DuPage has also helped me socially. I was always very quiet in school and not very talkative. But COD has this warm and inviting atmosphere that helped me come out of my shell and talk to more people and get involved.”
While at COD, Gendusa received the College of DuPage Foundation Textbook Scholarship.
“Textbooks are not the cheapest thing in the world, and with this scholarship, it has eased the burden on not only my finances but my parents’ as well who help me pay for school,” she said. “I would just like to say that the people who donated for that scholarship and the people who chose hold a special place in my heart. It just proves that hard work and perseverance can truly pay off and it lets me know that even though we live in an imperfect world, there are a lot of kind people out there who give their time, talents and money to people who are in need.”
Gendusa plans to earn her Associate in Engineering Sciences degree and then transfer to be on a biomedical engineering cell and tissue track. She advises any student to choose College of DuPage.
“It is such an organized, clean and friendly environment that it makes me excited to start my day there,” she said. “It is a great way to save money without having so much financial debt, and your education is still high quality.
“If I had to say anything else, it would be a thank you to everyone for believing in me and for giving me this great opportunity. I know to never take advantage of my education, as there are people in this world who are not as fortunate as I am to be able to go to school. I would like to especially thank my parents, who help me pay for my education and have always been there to support and help me out when I rarely ask for a helping hand. I know that they work so hard for myself and my siblings. When I get me degree, I plan on handing it to them and telling them that if it were not for their support and their guidance, I would have never had the motivation or the opportunity to learn and earn my degree.”
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