Student Spotlight: Akvile Kiskis
Computer and Internetworking
Akvile Kiskis decided it would be beneficial to turn her hobby into a career.
“I’ve always had an interest in computers. I love tinkering around with them and I always wondered how they worked,” she said.
Kiskis selected College of DuPage, realizing it to be a smart first step toward her goals.
“I’m extremely blessed to have one of the top-ranked community colleges in the nation five minutes away from my house,” she said. “When I first visited College of DuPage to talk to advisers, it was difficult for me to find my way around with the renovation that had taken place. My mother and I walked into an office and asked for help, and the admin stood up and showed us the way. She was so willing to help me out, even though I hadn’t even enrolled in any classes yet!
“As I roamed the halls, I noticed many billboards for different clubs and activities. I later found out that there are over 60 student clubs, so I knew I was bound to find at least one that I liked. I love the idea of clubs because it lets students build friendships with people who share the same interests.”
She also received a Presidential Scholarship, which provides free tuition for two years to high-achieving students.
“Every penny counts when you’re saving money for college. Also, I was automatically enrolled in the Honors program, which gave me more of a challenge with my studies,” she said. “What’s great is that many of these professors worked at four-year universities, so they teach at that level.”
Kiskis is currently at the Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Management. She would like to enroll in IIT’s co-terminal degree to get her master’s at an accelerated rate. After that, she is interested in cyber security.
“I was blessed to receive a scholarship to attend the Women in Cyber Security Conference this year in Arizona, where I’ll see and meet powerful women in the cyber security field. I hope to gain some insight on a possible career path for myself there.”
While at IIT, Kiskis is pursuing another passion – music – and has started a service-based a cappella group.
“Balancing school work while finding something fun to do with fellow classmates that will benefit the community is important to keep your college experience an enjoyable one,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be anything major, but find something that you’re interested in and build off that. It helps you unwind and find a healthy balance to your coursework, and it’s an extra bonus if it involves volunteering.”
Kiskis advises any student to come to College of DuPage and either schedule a tour or just wander around campus to get a feel for the school.
“Many people assume that community college means you’ll receive less of an education than if you went to a four-year college,” she said. “College of DuPage strives to prove this stereotype wrong with its modernized buildings and stellar professors. I attended College of DuPage because it allowed me to grow and learn not only as a student but also as a person.”
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