Student Spotlight: Kevin Naughton
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: LaGrange Park
Kevin Naughton wasn't sure what career path best suited him.
"I did not want to go to a four-year university without knowing what my desired major was," he said. "College of DuPage has been fantastic and allowed me to experiment with different courses to see what interests me without making me feel like I am wasting massive amounts of money."
During his time at COD, Naughton received the 2013 Carter Carroll Excellence in History Award honorable mention for outstanding work in the field of history writing.
"The paper I wrote was a comparison of the 1915 film 'Martyrs of the Alamo' and the 2004 film 'The Alamo,' " he said. "The paper discussed the different ways that the two films approached the subject matter and analyzed how the time period in which the films were made affected the content and bias of each film. The topic was assigned by my U.S. History professor, Edward Bates."
Naughton is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and traveled to India in May 2013 through COD's Field and Experiential program. In fall 2013, he is transferring to DePaul University and pursue a degree in Computer Science.
"I became interested in computer science by messing around with computer hardware on the side during the summers," he said. "I decided on my major after building a computer, which was a ton of fun but also very challenging. I felt that an industry revolving around these machines and the way they work was the industry for me. That's what I like about it so much. It's very rewarding to tinker with something and tweak it until it works just the way you want it to. It's a real sense of accomplishment to watch everything light up and work for the first time.
"I would ultimately like to complete four years of college education, earn a degree somewhere in the computer science field and obtain a job with an IT company in Chicago."
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