Student Spotlight: Tysha Osborne
Adult Fast Track
Tysha Osborne took several classes at another college but was frustrated by the slow pace. Then she found out about College of DuPage.
"By random chance, I was getting my hair done at a salon I had never been to before, and the stylist told me about the Adult Fast Track program," she explained. "I immediately looked into it and was excited by the format, because it meant I could get my degree in two years without being a traditional-aged student, which was so appealing to me."
Osborne enrolled in the program and earned her Associate in Arts degree as she studied Psychology. She then transferred to Benedictine University, where she received her bachelor's degree in 2011.
"COD gave me the confidence that I needed to go back to school," she said. "The format of the Fast Track program kept me motivated. My schedule was planned for me, so I didn't have to think about that aspect. This was so helpful because I had no idea where to start!
"I also found the teachers at COD to be top notch. They were so encouraging."
Osborne is now working on her Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Benedictine. While she has been the business manager at Fox Valley Institute since 2002, she hopes to pursue her passion and become a licensed clinical therapist.
"I have worked full-time since 2001 in a fast-paced, high-demanding and influential position, so COD's Adult Fast Track program was ideal for me," she said. "I was able to continue working while pursuing my degree in less time than expected.
"I never thought that today I would be pursuing my master's degree. I am the first one across multiple generations within my family to graduate with a college degree, and I have COD to thank for that. Trust me, in the end, after all of the hard work, the doubting and even joy – it is worth it. I can even say this after the fact that I had to take two math classes just to get to the one I needed to graduate!"