Student Spotlight: Alice Marks
Alice Marks originally attended a cosmetology school after high school and worked as a beautician.
But she was ready for something different. Seven years ago, she started taking her general education requirements at College of DuPage – one class at a time. With three children, she knew it wouldn’t be easy.
“I had a friend who told me, ‘Ten years will pass regardless of whether you go to school or not,’ so I decided to do it,” she said. “I love working with people and wanted a career that allowed me to do so. Once I was accepted into the Nursing program, I knew the next two years would be intensive. It felt long and yet it went by very fast.”
Marks credits her instructors, especially Nursing Professor Dilyss Gallyot, for “giving me more confidence in myself.” While attending COD, she was working part-time at a pulmonary/sleep/critical care group. They have since hired her full-time, and now she is the head nurse.
“I really enjoy being a nurse,” she said. “It comes with challenges, especially with the ever-changing world of insurance, but the rewards of helping people make it worthwhile.”
COD is definitely part of the family, as Marks’ son starts classes in the fall, and she would like to return as well.
“College of DuPage was convenient and affordable,” she said. “Everyone was so helpful all along the way.”
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