Student Spotlight: Kyle Pollitz
Major: Physical Therapist Assistant
Hometown: Oak Brook
When Kyle Pollitz was in high school, he considered applying to several prestigious four-year schools. Then his life took a sudden turn.
"When I was 16, my father died from a heart attack. Between my mother and my father, he was the only one with a college degree and the only one who worked," he said. "So with financial interests in mind, I decided to make a cost-efficient decision and apply to College of DuPage."
During his senior year, Pollitz inadvertently discovered a career after setting a goal for himself: to run the 100 meter dash at the Illinois state Track and Field meet.
"That year, I unfortunately tore my hamstring in a race. I was involved in rehabilitation and worked on by a massage therapist who helped me regain strength," he said. "Although I missed my state time by .3 seconds, I have since developed a passion to be involved with those who need muscular rehabilitation."
At College of DuPage, Pollitz is completing his prerequisites and hopes to be accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program, with Respiratory Therapy as his second choice. He ultimately would like to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.
While at COD, he earned the Student Ambassador Scholarship, which requires that he maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be invited into the Student Ambassador program.
"When I heard I was awarded the scholarship, I immediately called my mother to let her know," he said. "I still feel so blessed to have been selected as the recipient of such an award. With the funds I was granted, I helped my mother pay for some of my classes. To this day, I am forever grateful for that opportunity."
Pollitz is also grateful to COD's faculty and staff, who have made his college experience memorable.
"College of DuPage is helping me achieve my goals by providing a cost-effective means to be educated, offering a plethora of courses, and giving me the extra time I needed to mature in my studies," he said. "Personally, the College has led me to new friendships that I hope to keep alive forever. I've met so many people who were in a similar situation, which made me feel like I fit in."
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