Student Spotlight: Terry Mohring
Terry Mohring initially attended College of DuPage and took one semester of general education courses.
Years later she returned to enter the Paralegal Studies program, thanks to her daughter, who was a student in that program.
“I watched her be involved with the program as it was obtaining its American Bar Association approval standing. I saw firsthand the quality of program being offered and knew I would learn the skills I needed to start a new career upon graduation,” she said. “My interest in the law and the skillset required to be paralegal were a good fit for me.”
Like her daughter, who was a student worker for the program, Mohring also worked in that capacity for three years for Program Coordinator Sally N. Fairbank.
“My job title truly doesn't begin to indicate my job responsibilities. I learned much from Sally and have the highest respect for her, as she is an excellent program coordinator with high standards for the program,” she said. “In addition, I worked as an Instructional Assistant in the off-campus learning centers during my first year at COD. Both of these positions gave me an opportunity to work closely with faculty and students. I know firsthand the high academic standards that are expected of students and how the faculty strives to help students achieve their goals.
“My experiences, both working for the college and being a student, were life-changing for me. I have new skills that gave me the ability to have a new career direction.”
While at COD, Mohring was the student representative for the Paralegal Studies Advisory Council, Past Vice President-at-Large for the Paralegal Club, and member of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Honor Society for Paralegal Studies. She also received the Adult Student Award scholarship from the COD Foundation, which paid for half of her tuition for all of her classes.
“Needless to say it was the scholarship that made it possible for me to achieve all my educational and subsequent employment goals. I am deeply grateful for being selected for the scholarship,” she said.
Like both of her children, Mohring became a COD graduate, earning her Paralegal Studies Certificate and the Word Specialist Certificate. But instead of getting a job as a paralegal, her career took a different path.
“Though I do use my paralegal skills to volunteer for a non-profit legal aid organization, something I have a great passion for, I am a manager for a large corporation that provides marketing and advertising services for Fortune 500 companies,” she said.
“COD helped me achieve my goal of having a new career by providing me opportunities to learn new skills, expand upon ones I already had and, most of all, grow as a person. I had the great pleasure of learning from some of the best lawyers, judges, business entrepreneurs and teachers in general. I am able to use their example of inspirational teaching and positive interactions with students in my position as a manager.”
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