Student Spotlight: Henry Gordon

Henry Gordon

Henry Gordon
Major: Mathematics

When Henry Gordon learned he received the Naperville Rotary Charities scholarship, he knew attending college was now possible.

“The day I got the phone call saying that I was awarded the scholarship, I jumped around the house like a little kid on Christmas,” he said. “I was so grateful for this wonderful opportunity and hoped to make the best of it.”

Gordon used the $6,000 to start classes at College of DuPage, where he later was president of the Student Leadership Council and worked as a peer tutor in the Learning Commons.

He graduated with honors, earning his Associate in Science, and transferred to Northern Illinois University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Although he once thought about pursuing a master’s and Ph.D., potentially looking at a research professorship as a career, he has decided to look at other options. He continues to work as a professional tutor in the Learning Commons at COD and recently was hired part-time as a researcher for a consulting firm that specializes in quantitative analysis.

“It’s an exciting opportunity, as is working at the school that was my second home for three years,” he said. “I like giving back to the students here, and in the fall I will be working on an online tutoring project.”

Gordon praises COD and wants people to know of its excellence.

“At my high school, College of DuPage is usually referred to as the ‘College of Dreams’ with a sarcastic undertone,” he said. “It is the place where people wind up when they can’t go to a ‘real’ college. That just is not true.

“I was talking with a friend of mine who attends UIC, and he was surprised at the topics that we covered in my Calculus II class at COD that he never learned until later classes. The education provided at COD is first-rate and even better in some areas when compared to big universities. I received a quality yet affordable education at College of DuPage.”

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