Student Spotlight: Laura Kaczmarczyk
Laura Kaczmarczyk chose College of DuPage because she was not fully sure of her major.
"I felt that I needed more time to think it through while getting the basic classes out of the way. It was also the most affordable choice and meant that I could continue studying while living at home," she said.
Kaczmarczyk is taking courses geared toward her interest in psychology, which is her intended major. She is also a Presidential Scholar, which includes a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD's Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
"The title of Presidential Scholar is not to be taken lightly in my opinion. Of course, it has its perks but, like everything in life, there are side effects. For me, it is very stressful whenever I get a less-than-perfect grade on an assignment, mainly because I know that I may be on the brink of losing the scholarship with no hope of getting it back."
After earning her Associate in Arts degree in 2015, Kaczmarczyk plans to transfer and earn her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in psychology.
"I want to continue studying psychology until there is nothing left to learn or until I die, whichever comes first," she said. "My ultimate goal is to become a criminal profiler for the FBI."
Kaczmarczyk, who was born in Poland, is inspired by her older sister, Olga, who is also her closest friend.
"Though some kids try to outshine their older siblings, I've always aspired to be more like mine than anyone else," she said. "Not only did I inherit her hand-me-downs but also her vast amount of knowledge. I know I could not possibly be the same person I am today without her. As kids, she was the one who introduced me to many of the things I love today. This includes books, movies, music and even art. Most importantly, she taught me never to follow anyone or anything blindly. Although it may sound ironic, I've become a more independent person thanks to her."
She advises anyone considering College of DuPage to enroll.
"Many of my friends discouraged me from going here, believing COD to be of lesser academic value," she said. "But the reality is that if one wants to learn, one can do so anywhere. COD is a great option and it has a lot more to offer than most people think. As such, I would also advise prospective students to study hard, as the classes are not always going to be a walk in the park simply because it is a community college. I feel that I've made lasting connections with like-minded people who can help me on my path."
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